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Game 144 Thread: Astros at Reds

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Houston Astros
@ Cincinnati Reds

Monday, Sep 14, 2009, 7:10 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park

Wandy Rodriguez vs Bronson Arroyo

Mostly clear. Winds blowing in from right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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2009 - Wandy Rodriguez 13-9 2.76 1.20 168 59

2009 - Bronson Arroyo 12-12 4.17 1.34 105 62

This has been a weird season for Bronson Arroyo. Through his first 14 starts, he had a 5.16 ERA and was averaging 6.3 innings a start and the Reds were 8-6 in those starts, with Arroyo himself going 8-5. In his last 12 starts, he's been averaging about 7.3 innings a start and posted a 2.17 ERA, but the Reds are just 5-7 in those starts. Funny that he was pulling down wins when he didn't really deserve it, and now he can't really buy a win even though he's pitching lights out. Case #47568475 for pitching wins being a lousy stat.

The last time the Reds faced Wandy Rodriguez, they touched him up for 6 unearned runs over 4 innings on 10 hits. Hopefully that wasn't just an illusion, but I'm afraid that it was since he had previously allowed 6 total runs in his previous 32.2 innings against the Reds. Given how poorly the offense is performing of late, I think we'll find that the Reds have not found a new level against Rodriguez.

Just 19 more games left. It'll only take 18-1 to finish the season with a winning record. You gotta have goals, right?