There's a lot of talk about how hot the Rockies have been lately. Well, check this out:
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I only point this out because it seems like there is a tendency still among Reds fans to assume the worst when the Reds start a tough series. Seems like I've heard a lot of people talk about how the Rockies are one of the hottest teams in baseball - mainly because they've gotten themselves back in the race after being 11 games out 2 weeks ago (thanks to the Padres' 10-game losing streak). Yes, the Rockies are a tough team. Yes, this is going to be a hard series. No, the Reds aren't suddenly overmatched because the Rockies have a winning record.
They might be overmatched today though. Despite a decent, but not great, outing last time out, I have little confidence in Aaron Harang to match Ubaldo Jimenez today. The good news is that Harang has a 1.89 ERA in his last 5 starts against the Rockies. The bad news is that he hasn't faced the Rockies in more than 2 years. Perhaps that will mean they don't know what to expect from the big right-hander. One can only hope.
I'm just looking for a split in this series. Winning 3 of 4 would be nice, but being that they are on the road, 2 wins will suffice. They've put bad games/series behind them quickly in the past. Now that they've left St. Louis, hopefully they'll be relaxed and ready to take it to the Rockies. Time to start showing that they can beat good teams.