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Game 132: Reds at Astros

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Cincinnati Reds
@ Houston Astros

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
Minute Maid Park

Bronson Arroyo vs Wandy Rodriguez

Partly cloudy with a 30-percent chance of rain. Winds blowing in from right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 90.

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2008 - Bronson Arroyo 11-10 5.32 1.50 129 55

2008 - Wandy Rodriguez 7-6 4.11 1.39 101 41

In his last 10 starts, Bronson Arroyo has pitched at least 6 innings 9 times with an ERA of 3.68, 6.6 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9. Of course the start previous to that stretch was the 1+ inning gem in Toronto where he gave up 10 runs. Perhaps that was a wake up call? (ASIDE: What's the likelihood that Arroyo sings the song Wakeup Call by Maroon 5 in his show?)

When the Astros came to Cincinnati nearly three weeks ago, they were 54-59 and coming off of back-to-back losses to the Cubs. Since that point they've gone 12-6, including an 8-game win streak that started with a sweep of the Reds, but they've actually lost a game in the standings to the Cubs - not that it matters. During that time the Reds went from 3 back of the Astros for 4th place (woo hoo) to 9 back after going 5-10 and trading Adam Dunn.

The Reds still haven't won back-to-back games in over a month. Let's see if Goodroyo can get on the front side of one of those tonight.