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Game 135 Thread: Reds at Braves

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Cincinnati Reds
@ Atlanta Braves

Saturday, Sep 5, 2009, 7:10 PM EDT
Turner Field

Kip Wells vs Jair Jurrjens

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing in from right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 85.

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2009 - Kip Wells 0-1 4.12 1.37 14 12

2009 - Jair Jurrjens 10-9 2.89 1.26 122 61

It's a shame that Bronson Arroyo, who has been pitching as well as he ever has for the Reds, has to be followed up by Kip Wells, who is, well, Kip Wells. Even though he hasn't pitched that poorly, I dread the day that Wells starts because sooner or later, he's going to get shelled. That's what Kip Wells does. I won't be surprised if it happens today.

I wonder how well Wladimir Balentien knows Jair Jurrjens since, according to Yahoo at least, they are both from the same home town of Willemstad, Curacao. At the very least you have to expect that they've faced each other a few times before, right? Hopefully Dusty remembers that when he fills out the lineup card. Then again, Balentien had two extra base hits last night, which usually means he sits the next day.

The Reds are currently riding their second 5-game win streak in the last 12 games. They'd still have to go 21-7 the rest of the way to have a winning record, which more than anything shows how deep of a hole they had gotten themselves into. They are only 3 games behind the Astros for 4th place and 4 games behind the Brewers for 3rd place. It ain't much, but it's at least something to play for at this point. And who knows, they're only 6.5 behind the Cubs for 2nd place. Dare to dream, right?