UPDATE: Scroll down to find out how Jose Arredondo was activated.
Cueto vs. the Cardinals. A pairing that's been avoided, purposefully or not, since last year's August 10th brawl that led to Cueto's 7-game suspension. While we might be past the stage of hashing out the details of the melee, Zapruder-syle, its fallout and the various degrees of culpability perceived on both sides have not been forgotten. Though he wasn't the instigator, Cueto undoubtedly plays the villain in the minds of the Cardinals and their fans. This could make the Cardinals at once both hungry and overeager. Cueto, for his part, has a game to pitch and a scoreless streak to defend.
Whatever dramatic element is added to this game, let's hope it does not involve retaliatory fastballs thrown toward skulls. Game 1 of the series did not disappoint - and in just the carnage-free way your upper brain would hope: via the game itself and not the sideshow. Kyle McClellan has grown into the starting role after an excellent 2010 spent as a reliever. While he's looking like a successful rotation experiment, he does put plenty of runners on base. If the Reds can be patient, they can get to the righty. And patience is probably just a generally good virtue to put into practice today - and everyday.
|2011 - Johnny Cueto||1-0||1||1||0||0||0||0||6.0||5||0||0||0||1||4||0.00||1.00|
|2011 - Kyle McClellan||5-0||7||6||0||0||0||0||43.2||44||16||16||3||15||22||3.30||1.35|