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Game 37: Reds @ Astros

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Cincinnati Reds
@ Houston Astros

Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT
Minute Maid Park

Edinson Volquez vs Wandy Rodriguez

Mostly cloudy. Winds blowing out to left field at 15-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 85.

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Again... HOUSTON. Looking for their first sweep since the opening series of the season, the Reds draw a troublesome lefty in Wandy Rodriguez. The Fish Called Wandy positively owned the Reds in 2009, with a 1.50 ERA 10.5 K/9 in 5 outings (it does seem like the Reds play the Astros more than any other team). The 2010 Reds' offense saw a little more success in the run-scoring and not-striking-out departments, though Rodriguez still held them to a .188/.316/.350 line. Votto and Gomes have had the most success against him, with Gomes boasting a 1.173 OPS in 22 PAs. Jay Bruce has been almost bat-less against him, going 1-20, with 12 Ks, a single and no walks. So it's justifiable to shuffle the lineup accordingly, especially on a get-away day. I'm glad to see Gomes in the heart of the order against a lefty, especially this particular one.

Edinson Volquez is tentatively digging himself out, having allowed no more than 3 earned runs in his last three starts. The next step is to get more pitch-efficient and forge deeper into the game. Each of his last three games would have qualified as "quality starts," except he didn't make it through six full innings - something he hasn't done since April 11. And he has yet to pitch in the seventh inning of a game this season. This will only likely happen with less walks, more early-count outs on balls in play and maybe if the Astros bat out of order a few times. If you're at the game, keep telling J.R. Towles it's his turn all the time.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Edinson Volquez 3-1 8 7 0 0 0 0 38.1 34 25 24 7 28 38 5.63 1.62


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Wandy Rodriguez 2-3 7 7 0 0 0 0 45.0 51 20 20 5 11 37 4.00 1.38