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Game 11: Reds @ Cardinals (8:15 EDT). Cueto vs. Lohse.

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Cincinnati Reds
@ St. Louis Cardinals

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT
Busch Stadium

Johnny Cueto vs Kyle Lohse

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Weather

Mostly clear. Winds blowing in from right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.

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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)
1.00 WHIP 0.525
3.55 FIP 2.81
3.97 xFIP 4.58
4.02 SIERA 4.54
12.0 IP 13.1

Lineups

Reds cardinals
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
Drew Stubbs CF Jon Jay CF
Ryan Hanigan C Daniel Descalso 2B
Johnny Cueto RHP Kyle Lohse RHP

Bullpen Log

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