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Game 154: Reds vs. Astros [Final home series]

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Houston Astros
@ Cincinnati Reds

Monday, Sep 19, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park

J.A. Happ vs Travis Wood

Mostly cloudy, 70% chance of rain. Winds blowing out to left field at 15-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.

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If it's any year up to and including 1961, this would be the season's final game. It's probably not, but it has been raining all day. No delays or cancellations as of this writing. Check your Doppler.

Dontrelle's back was tentatively "go" for today's start after he was scratched yesterday due to spasms. But now he's out. Which puts the Reds in a little bit of a bind. It might be best for the Reds' pitching staff - and anyone chasing one of those "dubious records" - for this game to be mercifully cancelled. Wood threw 24 pitches Saturday night, but has only 64 pitches over two appearances in September. Realistically, there's probably an limit to the innings he can pitch today. Meanwhile, Maloney and LeCure probably aren't available in a non-emergency, after throwing 49 and 31 pitches, respectively, Sunday. Bray, Fisher, Horst and Arredondo are the only available pitchers who did not make an appearance in yesterday's game, so hopefully Wood can get through 5. Fans of chaos should root for this game to go into extra innings.

Since I started writing this one before Willis was scratched, I was planning to say: "He'll make his lucky 13th attempt at a win if they can get this one in. One thing I've noticed in the file photos of Dontrelle is that - despite Willis previously tweaking the height and backwards tilt of his leg-kick - it seems like his leg kick has crept up toward its former Marlins-era elevation. This could just be my imagination, or a trick of the light. In any case, get this man a win. If not a win, then some more hits. Late September Discussion Question: Is it too late for D-Train to be a two-way player?"

Lineups after the jump.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Dontrelle Willis 0-6 14 12 0 0 0 0 69.2 75 39 39 6 35 51 5.04 1.58


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - J.A. Happ 6-15 27 26 0 0 0 0 143.1 151 99 89 20 76 120 5.59 1.58

LINEUPS

REDS:

Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
Edgar Renteria (R) SS
Joey Votto (L) 1B
Jay Bruce (L) RF
Chris Heisey (R) LF
Drew Stubbs (R) CF
Todd Frazier (R) 3B
Ramon Hernandez (R) C
Travis Wood (L) P

ASTROS:

Jason Bourgeois (R) CF
Jose Altuve (R) 2B
J.D. Martinez (R) LF
Carlos Lee (R) 1B
Matt Downs (R) RF
Jimmy Paredes (S) 3B
Clint Barmes (R) SS
Humberto Quintero (R) C
J.A. Happ (L)

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