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2010 Game 63 Thread: Royals at Reds

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Kansas City Royals
@ Cincinnati Reds

Saturday, Jun 12, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park

Brian Bannister vs Johnny Cueto

Mostly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing out to left field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 85.

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2010 - Brian Bannister 6-3 4.50 1.35 43 21

2010 - Johnny Cueto 5-1 4.25 1.28 59 19

Someone said to me this morning, great teams do not lose that game last night. To which I say, poppycock! Great teams lose all sorts of ways when you play 162 games. Great teams just don't consistently lose that game. And that's what we need to keep reminding ourselves. That's a game the Reds have been winning all year. Not that I think they are a great team - they got a few too many holes for my liking - but that when you play a lot of close games, you're going to lose a few that seem very winnable. As long as they keep winning a lot of them, they'll be alright.

I know this is going to totally jinx him, but Johnny Cueto's control has been very good this year. Since walking 4 batters in five innings in his 3rd start of the year, Cueto has walked just 11 batters in 56 innings. What's even better about that is that he has also struck out 50 batters in those 56 innings. If he keeps that up, he'll be pretty successful, methinks. He's still going consistently deep into games, and he has struggled a bit over his last two starts, but it's hard to complain too much about the performance he's put up so far this season. He just needs to work on his overall consistency.

Time to clean up a bit after last night's mess. Go Reds! They're my favorite base ball organization!