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Game 11: Reds @ Padres

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Cincinnati Reds
@ San Diego Padres

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011, 10:05 PM EDT
Petco Park

Sam LeCure vs Clayton Richard

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.

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With ten games in the books, the Reds are spoiling us a little bit. It's far too early to tell whether this team is .600+ (winning %) good, but it's not an outrageous possibility. What is certain, though not terribly meaningful this early in the season, is that the Reds have yet to beat a team with a current record over .500. But maybe the Brewers would be sitting fatter if they hadn't run into the Reds in the first three games of the season.

Sam LeCure takes his second turn on the hill, after pitching five strong in his outing of the season (2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K). If he continues to pitch well, I could see him hanging around the play long man in the bullpen when Cueto and Bailey return. The Reds might just as easily decide they'd like to keep him stretched out in Louisville, but it's still difficult to see him staying in the rotation.

But that inevitable bullpen and rotation could yield some surprises. Sam LeCure can keep himself in the conversation by doing more of what he did last time out: staying in the strike zone, but out of the hot zones. Switch hitters Hudson and Headley could mean LeCure will face as many as four lefties - who have tended to get all over LeCure in his short major league career -among opposing starters. Though his FB rate isn't a red flag, let's hope the forgiving pastures of Petco can work to our le starter's advantage.

And while we're hoping things, this might as well be the night Jay Bruce starts to get right. Virtually the rest of the offense is having a bonanza, but they'll need The Boss' bat soon enough.

#LeMania, Part Deux

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