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2010 Game 49 Thread: Astros at Reds

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Houston Astros
@ Cincinnati Reds

Friday, May 28, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park

Wandy Rodriguez vs Sam Lecure

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

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2010 - Wandy Rodriguez 2-6 4.33 1.54 31 18

2010 - Sam Lecure (AAA) 5-2 2.55 1.20 51 15

Sudden Sam Lecure makes his big league debut tonight after pitching admirably in Louisville. Lecure is coming off of a 16-straight scoreless innings streak, including a one-hit shutout of the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees six days ago. The 26-year old hasn't been a highly touted prospect, but has looked good the last two seasons in Louisville and has most assuredly earned a chance to pitch in the majors. Luckily for him, he'll be facing the worst offense in all of baseball.

A win tonight and the Reds reach my arbitrary 29-20 goal that I set for them a few weeks ago (when I misread the schedule and thought this was the last game of the month). I'll be honest, I never expected them to get close. I thought they'd have a good run, but I felt like they had been lucky and that luck would wear out. Instead, they've started to make me a believer. That's not to say that I don't think rough patches lie ahead, but there is enough developing talent (and pitching!) on this team that I expect them to remain competitive all year. It starts by getting to 29-20 and we'll make another arbitrary goal tomorrow.

Go Reds! They're my favorite communist nickname!