@ Chicago Cubs
Saturday, Aug 6, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT
Johnny Cueto vs Carlos Zambrano
Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing in from center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.
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At least they're still playing baseball games. All things being equal, I like that better than when they're not. Back for more punishment? The Reds and Cubs will oblige you.
The Reds' 16-26 record in one-run games isn't a statistic, it's some kind of glitch in the Matrix meant to signal that baseball is just a distracting opiate devised by robots so they can harvest energy from my body. Apologies if this has been posted elsewhere, but from what I can gather in the Baseball Reference Play Index, the Reds' current winning percentage of .390 in one-run games puts them 2,103rd of 2,302 major league teams' seasons since 1901. Or, in the 9th percentile. They aren't the least lucky, but they are in very rare company.
If you need to cling to a bright spot from the 2011 Reds, look no further than Johnny Cueto. In the first 109.2 innings of his new contract, Cueto has validated - big time - the Reds decision to extend him through 2014 (with an option for 2015). Though he has only one bona fide, nine inning shutout, he's made 6 starts without allowing an earned run, which is one more than Cliff Lee's NL-leading 5 shutouts. He's better than Cliff Lee is what I'm saying and I don't much care if you disagree or that's not true.
Don't lose, Reds!
|2011 - Johnny Cueto||7-4||15||16||3||1||0||0||109.2||76||32||21||5||32||67||1.72||.98|
|2011 - Carlos Zambrano||8-6||23||22||0||0||0||0||135.1||140||69||67||13||52||92||4.46||1.42|