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Game 154 Thread: Reds at Astros

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Cincinnati Reds
@ Houston Astros

Friday, Sep 25, 2009, 8:05 PM EDT
Minute Maid Park

Matt Maloney vs Brian Moehler

Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing in from right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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2009 - Matt Maloney 1-4 5.35 1.34 24 8

2009 - Brian Moehler 8-10 4.86 1.49 88 47

Maloney has looked good in his previous two starts, totaling 10 innings and giving up only 3 runs and, most importantly, zero home runs. He may get another start after this, but he may not. Who knows what's going on with this rotation now. So if he wants to get his foot in the door for the rotation next year he should throw a no-hitter. With the way this team played in Pittsburgh that doesnt seem like such a crazy thought.

Brian "The Other Toothache" Moehler has put in another back-of-the-rotation year for the Astros, doing just enough to keep his job but not enough to give the Astros a real shot at winning. There's something admirable about that. Like a tight-rope walker. The Reds have avoided facing him thus far this season, but he's started 10 games against them in his career, averaging 5 innings with a 5.22 ERA. I'll set the over/under for Joey Votto doubles at 2.

The sweep of the Pirates keeps the Reds in the hunt for a .500 season with 9 games to play including tonight. Believe It!