St. Louis Cardinals
@ Cincinnati Reds
Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010, 12:35 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park
Adam Wainwright vs Bronson Arroyo
Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing in from left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 90.
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Seems like any time we seem something significant happen - a big win, a disastrous loss, a fight - people want to be quick to draw a line of demarcation. "This is where everything will change," they'll say. After both of the ninth inning losses where they surrendered a 6-run lead, lots of people were saying "This is the beginning of the end." In the 20 games following the Atlanta loss, they went 12-8. In the 20 games following the Phillies loss, they went 11-9. The team is resilient. They have a knack for putting the past behind them. It may not happen today, but I don't see yesterday's game as the start of some long-term trend for the team.
The reason we may not see any difference today is because they've got a tough opponent on the mound. Adam Wainwright has given up 8 runs in his last 8 starts, and 6 of those came in one start versus the Mets on July 27. That's ridiculous. I wish I could say that the Reds will come out and get some revenge today, but it won't be easy.
Thankfully, Bronson Arroyo has been pitching nearly as effectively of late as well. Half of his earned runs over his last 7 starts came against the Nationals on the night he faced off against Stephen Strasburg. Hopefully he won't crack under similar pressure today. I don't think he will. As was said in the thread yesterday, he's probably the first guy the Reds want on the mound in this situation right now.
The game will be carried on FSN today, if you've got the access. Hopefully the only fireworks we see are from the Reds lighting up the scoreboard.