Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT
Johnny Cueto vs Kyle Lohse
TV: FSO-HD, FSMW-HD; RADIO: WLW, KMOX; WEB: MLB.tv, Gameday Audio, Gameday
Mostly clear. Winds blowing in from right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.
The Todd Frazier Era begins again.
Set the Boo Cancelling device on your home stereo to 556 Hz: it's a Johnny Cueto start in St. Louis. (That 2010 brawl feels like ancient history, but in fairness the boos still ring out whenever Yadier takes the plate in Cincinnati.)
That get-away win in Washington made a big psychological difference. It also, I would argue, made a big numerical difference, but the numbers are mostly psyched out right now anyway. At 4-6, the Reds are in a three-way tie for second place in the NL Central - a fact which is almost utterly meaningless. I do think, though, that it may be a clue that not only is there going to be a gap between the haves and have nots in the Central, there also may be fewer "haves."
Johnny Cueto was bounced early in his last outing. One thing to keep an eye on besides his ability to go deeper into games, is whether Cueto will remain a pitcher who consistently bests his peripherals. In his transition to being an extreme ground-ball pitcher, Cueto may be the kind of pitcher who gets unfairly shorted as an overachiever.
In 2011, about a month later into the season, the Reds faced the Cardinals for the second time. It was a home series then, but the advice is the same: "Only a sweep will put the Reds in first place, so do that."
|Johnny Cueto ||Stats||Kyle Lohse |
|2.25 (171) ||ERA (ERA+)||1.35 (279) |
|Brandon Phillips 2B||Rafael Furcal SS|
|Zack Cozart SS||Carlos Beltran RF|
| Joey Votto 1B ||Matt Holliday LF|
|Scott Rolen 3B||Lance Berkman 1B|
|Jay Bruce RF||David Freese 3B|
|Ryan Ludwick LF||Yadier Molina C|
|Jon Jay CF|
|Ryan Hanigan C||Daniel Descalso 2B|
|Johnny Cueto RHP||Kyle Lohse RHP|
|Reliever||4/12||4/13||4/14||4/15||4/16||5 day totals|
|Sean Marshall||0.1, 21p||1.0, 16p||-||1.1 IP, 37 pitches|
|Aroldis Chapman||1.0, 9p||2.0, 25p||-||3.0 IP, 34 pitches|
|Bill Bray||0.0, 2p||-||0.0 IP, 2 pitches|
|Logan Ondrusek||1.2, 34p||0.2, 10p||-||2.1 IP, 44 pitches|
|Jose Arredondo||2.0, 28p ||1.0, 14p||-||3.0 IP, 42 pitches|
|Sam LeCure||2.0, 20p||2.0, 36p||-||4.0 IP, 56 pitches|
|Alfredo Simon||0.2, 16p||2.0, 48p||-||2.2 IP, 64 pitches|