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Game 134 Thread: Reds at Braves

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Cincinnati Reds
@ Atlanta Braves

Friday, Sep 4, 2009, 7:35 PM EDT
Turner Field

Bronson Arroyo vs Derek Lowe

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

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2009 - Bronson Arroyo 11-12 4.35 1.36 97 57

2009 - Derek Lowe 13-8 4.38 1.46 87 50

How long before it is mentioned on the broadcast that these two pitchers won a World Championship together with the 2004 Red Sox? I say it gets mentioned in the first 2 minutes.

As frustrating as Bronson Arroyo has been this year, it should be noted that he makes $5.5 million less this season the Derek Lowe, and $4 million less next season. Granted, Lowe was a much better pitcher and I'd probably pick him to be the better pitcher next year despite the fact that he's 4 years older, but he's also getting paid to be a better pitcher. Is Arroyo too expensive for the Reds? Maybe. Is his salary in line with his performance? Definitely.

It'll be interesting to see how the "young Reds" peform during this 10-day, 3-city road trip that will cover 3 different time zones. On top of that, they don't actually have another off day until September 21st. Add to that the fact that the only team currently under .500 that the Reds will face over the next 17 days is the Houston Astros, and we've got the makings of one brutal stretch of baseball. If they can manage to be over .500 during the next 17 games, well I may just start revving up the 2010 playoff bus right now!

It's gonna be a beautiful weekend, at least in Cincinnati. I hope everyone has a safe one and celebrates your mom going into labor. (That's what we're celebrating, right?)