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Game 18: Reds vs. Giants (7:10 EDT). Arroyo v. Zito.

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San Francisco Giants
@ Cincinnati Reds

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park

Barry Zito vs Bronson Arroyo


TV: FSO-HD, CSBA-HD; RADIO: WLW, KNBR, WEB:, Gameday Audio, Gameday


Partly cloudy. Gametime temperature around 65.

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Apologies, there's no lineup or bullpen log as of this writing, but I hope to keep those as constant as possible.

The Reds came out of nowhere to put up a 9-spot in a Matt Cain start last night. That clears a much neater path to winning or sweeping this series. Or it means things are going to get weird and the rules are out the window. Either way, it should stay interesting.

Bronson has had exquisite control so far this season, continuing a trend seen in four straight seasons (2008-2011) of declining walk rates. It might make you nervous to see a soft-tossing pitcher in the strikezone so much, but he's been painting the corners and getting great movement on his secondary (and probably tertiary) stuff. He currently leads the league in BB/9 and S0/BB. Just as impressive, I think, is the fact that he's allowed just one homer in 21 innings.

None of this is sustainable, but it's fun to see how long it lasts. Perhaps to temper your expectations, Barry Zito is off to a similarly impressive start.

Go Reds! Let's play the game and win the game.

Bronson Arroyo
Stats Barry Zito
2.91 (127)
ERA (ERA+) 1.71 (196)
WHIP 0.857
FIP 4.25
xFIP 4.59
SIERA 4.65
K/BB 2.50
21.2 IP 21.0