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2010 Game 20 Thread: Reds at Astros

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Cincinnati Reds
@ Houston Astros

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2010, 8:05 PM EDT
Minute Maid Park

Aaron Harang vs Bud Norris

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

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2010 - Aaron Harang 0-3 8.31 1.62 15 6

2010 - Bud Norris 1-1 4.26 1.74 17 9

Bud Norris’ tears cure cancer. Too bad he has never cried.

And good thing for Brandon Phillips since he will be batting in the two-spot tonight for the first time since April 21, 2008. He's actually batted in the 2nd spot in the order more than any other spot besides 4th. As you'll recall, he spent quite a bit of time there (238 PA) in the first half of 2007 under Jerry Narron. Over his career, he's batted .255/.288/.405 in 355 PA in the 2-hole, but (1) lineup position doesn't matter THAT much for a player's numbers and (2) he's a different player than he was in 2007.

There are no disabled people. Only people who have met Bud Norris.

Aaron Harang meets Bud Norris tonight and he may be pitching for his life in the big league rotation. The Reds haven't given any indication that his starting spot is at risk, but you know that they have to be considering it. Heck, they probably should be considering it with the entire rotation at this point as bad as they have pitched. Harang needs a good outing tonight, if only because he hasn't really had one yet.

If you can see Bud Norris, he can see you. If you can’t see Bud Norris you may be only seconds away from death.

After starting the season a pathetic 0-8, the Astros have won 8 of their last 10. They are 5-1 since Lance Berkman came off of the disabled list. He hasn't started hitting yet, but he also hasn't faced the Reds yet. Then again, his .755 OPS would be good for 3rd on the Reds right now.

This is a series that the Reds can't take lightly. They must win 2 out of 3 in series like this against teams that are at their talent level. And if they get swept, well, Dusty Baker may not make it very far into May as manager of the Reds.