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Game 136 Thread: Reds at Braves

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Cincinnati Reds
@ Atlanta Braves

Sunday, Sep 6, 2009, 1:35 PM EDT
Turner Field

Johnny Cueto vs Tim Hudson

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

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2009 - Johnny Cueto 9-10 4.51 1.36 107 47

2009 - Tim Hudson 1-0 3.38 1.69 5 3

Get your sunglasses ready, 6 of the Reds next 8 games are day games. Those that aren't day games, are late starts (8:40pm) in the east. Their normal biorhythms are going to be all screwed up by the end of this week.

Both of today's pitchers are making their second start since coming off of the disabled list. Johnny Cueto looked good in a short 5-inning stint last week after spending 2 weeks on the DL. It doesn't appear that anything is physically wrong with Cueto, besides maybe some tiredness. I commend the Reds though for forcing themselves (read: Dusty Baker) to take it easy on Cueto with the season out of hand. He's more important to 2010 than he is to 2009.

Tim Hudson came back after missing a little over a year from Tommy John surgery and pitched a similar game to Cueto, though against a much better hitting team, the Marlins. He's pretty much dominated the Reds in his career, though they did manage to beat him last season in the last game they faced him. Then again, the only players that played that day that are still on the active roster are Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, Johnny Cueto, and Jared Burton. On the other hand, he's never faced Scott Rolen's Reds™ either.

I hope you all are enjoying your holiday weekend! If you are going down for the fireworks tonight, be safe and don't stand on the bridges that are rigged to explode.