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Game 30: Reds vs. Astros

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Houston Astros
@ Cincinnati Reds

Wednesday, May 4, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park

Aneury Rodriguez vs Travis Wood

Mostly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing out to right field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 50.

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First: some news. This businessman's special is robbing us of our morning Reposter. From John Fay, comes word that Johnny Cueto will start Sunday. Mike Leake will be moved to the bullpen to make room. We'd previously heard that Sam LeCure would be pressed into bullpen service. So, will they both be there? Or does Jordan Smith remain? I haven't seen this information anywhere yet.

On to the game. The first of two straight day games. What is this, Wrigley Field? Maybe a little bit, with ticket sales up despite a losing team on the field. Sorry to twist the knife, but yes - the Reds are now one game under .500. I've seen it mentioned elsewhere that Reds were in a similar situation at this point last year. In fact, as Fay reminds us, that team was also 14-15 after 29 games in 2010.

To get back on the playoff track, they need to rip off some wins - streak-style. Vital to that effort would be a resurgent Travis Wood. The team has given him a vote of confidence by leaving him the rotation despite the rotation's highest ERA, highest H/9 and second-highest WHIP. But Wood's only walking 2.6 per game (Gaedel) and can point to a 3.34 FIP when cornered. Maybe the Reds do look at peripherals other than their Blackberries or Personal Desktop Assistants. In any case, it would sure be nice if Wood could repay the endorsement by pitching a gem. He's not nearly as hittable as he's shown. And as soon as he, the Reds defense and Universe can all agree on that, we're going to get closer to the 2010 Travis Wood we all know and love.

I often give the offense short shrift in these write-ups. This team is severely impaired when LF and 3B are coming up zeroes, especially during power outages from Votto, Bruce and Gomes. Let's hope everyone remembers this isn't a getaway day.

14 - 15


Lost 2