Johnny Cueto has one sexy stat line, eh? He's only given up 7 runs in his last 7 starts, so hopefully the standing-room-only crowd on hand this evening will walk away feeling satisfied with their Friday night. Some Reds fans may be nonplussed that the team doesn't seem interested in getting a bona-fide ace at the trade deadline, but we may be watching one take the mound this evening. He's pitched well against the Braves so far in his young career, starting 2 games and totally 13 innings and 12 strike outs. Here's hoping tonight is business as usual.
Kris Medlen spells his first name in a totally badass way, but he also has impressed in first full season with the Braves. The 24-year-old bean-hurler is the kind of pitcher the Reds loathe to face: a strike-thrower they are seeing for the first time. His BB and K rates are formidable, at 1.7 and 7.0 respectively. He hasn't issued more than 2 walks in any single outing thus far this season, so if the Reds want to put up some crooked numbers against him they will have to hit him and hit him hard. Lucky for us, our boys are experts at that kinda stuff.
The trade deadline is less than 24 hours away, and all seems quiet on the Reds front. Obligatory Hanley Ramirez reference.