It's been a long week for Johnny Cueto. In case you hadn't heard, he found out before his last start that his uncle, who was a father-figure to him growing up, had passed away. He pitched that night against the Brewers, and while it wasn't his best start of the year, he left the Reds in position to win after 6 innings, giving up only one run. After the game, he flew to the Dominican to
avoid the Cardinals like a scaredy-cat lay his uncle to rest. I believe he just got back with the Reds in Denver last night or this morning. Hopefully he is not too tired to pitch, and more importantly, hopefully he is at peace with what he just went through.
Jhoulys Chacin has had a pretty good year in a mixed role as both a starter and reliever. He's been starting for the Rockies over the last 3 weeks and has posted a 2.52 ERA in 4 starts, going 25 innings in that span. He's a big strikeout pitcher, but he'll also have control issues from time-to-time. He's walked 5 batters in a game 3 times this year and has walked over 4 batters per 9 innings on the year. Would love to see the Reds be patient tonight and force him to throw strikes for the first couple of innings.
Still just looking for a split in Denver. Tonight would be a good night for a win! Go Reds!