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2010 Game 72 Thread: Reds at Athletics

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Cincinnati Reds
@ Oakland Athletics

Tuesday, Jun 22, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Bronson Arroyo vs Dallas Braden

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.

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2010 - Bronson Arroyo 6-3 4.53 1.33 48 37

2010 - Dallas Braden 4-6 3.78 1.15 54 15

Bronson Arroyo and Dallas Braden are similar types of pitchers. Neither throws the ball particularly hard - Bronson sits around 88 with his fastball, Braden around 87. Both are kind of flaky, though Braden's flakiness may just be because he's a left-hander. Both have first names that sound like cities. See the similarities are endless!

Arroyo had some control issues in his last start against the Dodgers, but somehow managed to only give up one run in 7 innings. I think we'd all be more than happy with that performance in each start from Arroyo, but if I had my druthers, I'd prefer it if he weren't walking a batter every inning. If he can keep the excess runners off of base, I think a park like the one in Oakland will suit Arroyo well. Despite the Reds' barrage in the 10th last night, it ain't an easy home run park, which means that Arroyo should be able to pitch relaxed and let his defense do the work. He does fairly well with that mindset.

Life feels so much better when the offense is scoring runs and the Reds are winning. I suggest they continue to do that so that I can feel better about myself. They owe it to me.

Last 10pm game for a while! You can sleep tomorrow. Go Reds tonight!