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.
|2011 - Edinson Volquez||3-1||8||7||0||0||0||0||38.1||34||25||24||7||28||38||5.63||1.62|
|2011 - Wandy Rodriguez||2-3||7||7||0||0||0||0||45.0||51||20||20||5||11||37||4.00||1.38|