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Game 135: Reds vs Giants

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San Francisco Giants
@ Cincinnati Reds

Friday, Aug 29, 2008, 7:10 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park

Barry Zito vs Edinson Volquez

Partly cloudy with a 50-percent chance of rain. Winds blowing out to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 85.

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W-L ERA WHIP K BB
2008 - Barry Zito 8-15 5.31 1.65 91 85



W-L ERA WHIP K BB
2008 - Edinson Volquez 15-5 2.80 1.32 155 73


You know what's great about this game? Barry Zito is making $14,107,500 more than Edinson Volquez this season. That number will likely go up to over $18 million next season. How much must it suck to know that your team still owes Barry Zito $101.5 million?

The Reds won 10-1 when these two pitchers faced off in April in San Francisco. I believe that was the game where Brandon Phillips hit 2 home runs and then told Hal McCoy (and others) to go away since they only want to talk to him when he's going well. I wouldn't mind seeing a repeat performance if only for the fact that the Reds would actually score some runs for once.

Today's stat of the day: The only team with more CS+PO (caught stealing plus pick offs) this season than the Reds (59) is the Tampa Bay Rays (65). The difference is that TB has stolen 124 bases while the Reds have stolen just 74. Oh, well that and the fact that TB has had 103 more base runners in 38 fewer plate appearances. Nothing like giving outs away when you're not getting very many base runners to begin with.