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Game 22: Reds @ Cardinals

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Cincinnati Reds
@ St. Louis Cardinals

Sunday, Apr 24, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT
Busch Stadium

Edinson Volquez vs Jake Westbrook

Cloudy. Winds blowing in from center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 60.

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UPDATE: If you hadn't seen, Scott Rolen went on the DL, retroactive to Thursday, with a strained right shoulder. Chris Valaika takes his place.

In the early part of the 20th century - into the 1930s in some cities - local customs and ordinances prevented the playing of for-profit games on Sundays. The architects of those "blue laws" would be indignant, but maybe not surprised, to learn that modern professional plays real games on Easter. I'll sidestep a discussion of which team has God on their side (both teams are from the Midwest, so Bob Dylan tells us they both do).

Today is the rubber game of the series. And for what it's worth, the Reds and Cards also happen to be tied for first with identical 11-10 records.Too much is often made about rival series. The Reds, of course, took the NL Central last season despite going 6-12 against the Cardinals. But it'd be nice to take the series, for the psychological boost of getting the better of the Cardinals while re-taking first place. Game One saw 11 runners stranded and one caught stealing. In Game Two, the team was a little more "baserunner-efficient," stranding seven and scoring 5 runs on 4 hits. To the extent to which there's a skill involved at all, this team may not be as good at timely hitting as last year's version, but there's definitely been some bad luck at work in this series.

By the way, this game's on ESPN. If you're doing that acronym sign thing, "Edinson Still Pitches Naturally" isn't a bad way to go.


11 - 10

0

Won 1

141