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Game 13: Reds vs. Pirates

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Pittsburgh Pirates
@ Cincinnati Reds

Friday, Apr 15, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park

Charlie Morton vs Bronson Arroyo

Mostly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing in from right field at 20-25 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.

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Looks like rain. There was a tarp on the field at the time of this writing - and little sign of troubled asset relief - so that should absolve me of doing a good job with the preview.

On paper, this is a good draw for the Reds, as Charlie Morton was somehow allowed to record a 7.57 ERA in 17 starts last season. He's gotten off to a pretty good start in 2011, but so has Bronson Arroyo. In his two starts on the season, we've seen little visible sign of the mono he was diagnosed with this spring. Those two wins should be shared by Arroyo's immune system. Rather than rupture his spleen, Bronson has been rupturing the competition, allowing only 3 earned runs and barely a base-runner an inning in 13 IP.

There are a few Reds who might want to consider hitting up Arroyo for some of whatever supplements he's currently popping. At the very least, they might also benefit from another night off. With Chapman day-to-day, Masset in an early-season Dark Place and nicks and scrapes on some of the position players, a rain-out wouldn't be such a bad thing. I'll breathe a sigh of relief once Aroldis is pitching again and cautiously inching back toward el ciento. As far as everyone else is concerned, chalk it up to April and enjoy the fact that this team currently has twice as many wins as losses. 108-54 is either 150 games or a chemically-induced delusion away, whichever comes first.

Possible rain-out tread topic: What's your favorite sentence from this post?

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