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Game 143: Cincinnati Reds @ Chicago Cubs

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Cincinnati Reds
@ Chicago Cubs

Wednesday, Sep 7, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT
Wrigley Field

Johnny Cueto vs Ryan Dempster

Clear. Winds blowing in from center field at 15-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.

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Tonight, Johnny Cueto takes the mound to try to cement that ERA title, and reel in a series win over the Cubs. At this point, barring injury, he'll have more than enough innings to qualify - with less than 20 innings to go, and probably six starts remaining. However, his ERA seems to be creeping upwards with every start, so a nice long, dominant performance, would help things nicely.

This will be the fourth time that the Reds have faced off against Ryan Dempster in 2011 - and we've lost 2 out of those three games. Even though Dempster is having a mediocre season, he's pitched well against us, allowing a total of only 5 runs in 19 innings. No Reds hitter even performed particularly well over those three games; in fact Drew Stubbs is the only current Red to hang so much as an extra base hit on Dempster this season. But Edgar Renteria and Ramon Hernandez have decent lifetime records against the Cubs righty, so it's no surprise to see them both in tonight's lineup (lineups after the jump).

As for the team's record, a win tonight would mean the Reds will have won all but one of the season's series against the Cubs (though we have one more home series to go) and would lift us to 9-5 total. Additionally, winning tonight would bring us within a game of a .500 record.

Reds Lineup

  1. Phillips 2B
  2. Renteria SS
  3. Votto 1B
  4. Bruce RF
  5. Alonso LF
  6. Stubbs CF
  7. Francisco 3B
  8. Hernandez C
  9. Cueto P

Cubs Lineup

  1. Castro SS
  2. Johnson CF
  3. Ramirez 3B
  4. Pena 1B
  5. Soriano LF
  6. LaHair RF
  7. LeMahieu 2B
  8. Hill C
  9. Dempster P

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Johnny Cueto 9-5 21 22 3 1 0 0 145.1 113 48 37 8 46 99 2.29 1.09


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Ryan Dempster 10-11 30 29 0 0 0 0 170.2 176 93 90 20 62 167 4.75 1.39