St. Louis Cardinals
@ Cincinnati Reds
Thursday, Sep 18, 2008, 7:10 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park
Kyle Lohse vs Edinson Volquez
Clear. Winds blowing in from left field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 75.
Did you know that Kyle Lohse used to pitch for the Reds and his performance for the Reds wasn't quite as good as it has been this season? Blah blah blah. Lohse is not a bad pitcher, despite what many in Cincinnati seem to think. He's not great, and he's probably performing at his peak this season, but he's still basically a league average pitcher and that's nothing to shake a stick at, if you are in to shaking sticks at things. It looks like the Cardinals got steal with him when he signed the one year deal.
Edinson Volquez is still trying to become the Reds first 17-game winner since Pete Schourek won 18 games in 1995. He'll also be the youngest 17-game winner for the Reds since Don Gullett won 17 games in 1974 at the age of 23. He remains 8 strikeouts away from becoming just the 8th different Reds pitcher to strike out 200 in a season and the youngest since Gary Nolan struck out 206 as a 19-year old rookie in 1967.
We've got milestones to go before we sleep!