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Game 24: Reds at Pirates

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Cincinnati Reds
@ Pittsburgh Pirates

Sunday, May 3, 2009, 1:35 PM EDT
PNC Park

Johnny Cueto vs Jeff Karstens

Mostly cloudy,rain. Game time temperature around .

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2009 - Johnny Cueto 1-1 2.19 1.18 20 8

2009 - Jeff Karstens 1-0 5.40 1.40 8 9

Johnny Cueto has been a battleship his last 2 outings, throwing a combined 14 innings with 8 Ks, a walk, and only 1 run allowed. His worst start of the season so far though came against these Pirates on April 11, when he gave up 4 runs in 6 innings. He also struck out 9 hitters though, and only gave up 1 walk. I think it's safe to say that young Johnny has been the Reds' best starter thus far on a rotation full of impressive pitching.

Jeff Karstens takes the hill for the Buccos for only his 4th start of the year. He's only averaging 5 innings per start, so maybe the Reds can show some patience and get to the bullpen early. His K/BB is 8/9, so it might do them some good to sit on a few pitches early in the count.

Fay tweets us the lineup, the same as last night:

Taveras CF
Dickerson LF
Votto 1B
Phillips 2B
Bruce RF
Hernandez C
Rosales 3B
Gonzalez SS
Cueto P

Oh and dont look for Hanigan to get any more playing time than he already is.