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Game 21: Reds vs. Astros (4:10 EDT). Cueto v. Harrell.

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Houston Astros
@ Cincinnati Reds

Saturday, Apr 28, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park

Lucas Harrell vs Johnny Cueto


TV: FSO-HD, FSH-HD; RADIO: WLW, KTRH, KLAT; WEB:, Gameday Audio, Gameday


Chance of thunderstorms. Game time temperature around 65.

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With two straight wins, the Reds can finish April at .500. Considering how putrid the offense was most of the month, I'd take it. The offense is now lurching back to league average (they're at 3.75 r/g after last night).

There's some ominous cloud cover, but as of press time the game is supposed to happen. I was surprised when I looked back over the last 20 games, but this is the fifth time Drew Stubbs has hit leadoff. His line is getting back into non-cringe territory, though he's only walking about 5% of the time.

The gatekeepers at the Hall may not care very much, but Scott Rolen is on the verge of tying Big Red Machinist Tony Perez for 49th on the all-time doubles leaderboard.

Lucas Harrell, Cueto's counterpart today, historically has had command issues, with a BB/9 close to 5 and 3 wild pitches on the year. Hopefully, the Reds can make him work.

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

Johnny Cueto
Stats Lucas Harrell
1.78 (211)
ERA (ERA+) 3.97 (92)
1.105 WHIP 1.279
3.17 K/BB 1.10
3.64 FIP 3.86
4.08 xFIP 4.55
3.82 SIERA 4.89
25.1 IP 22.2


Reds Astros
Drew Stubbs CF Jordan Schafer CF
Zack Cozart SS
Jose Altuve 2B
Joey Votto 1B
Jed Lowrie SS
Brandon Phillips 2B Fernando Martinez LF
Jay Bruce RF
Travis Buck RF
Scott Rolen 3B
Matt Downs 1B
Chris Heisey LF Chris Johnson 3B
Ryan Hanigan C Chris Snyder C
Johnny Cueto RHP Lucas Harrell LHP

Bullpen Log

Reliever 4/23 4/24 4/25 4/26 4/27 5 day totals
Sean Marshall - 1.0, 9p 1.0, 22p
2.0 IP, 31 pitches
Aroldis Chapman - 1.0, 16p 1.0 IP, 16 pitches
Logan Ondrusek - 1.2, 24p 1.2 IP, 24 pitches
Jose Arredondo - 1.0, 14p 1.0, 12p 1.0, 13p 3.0 IP, 39 pitches
Sam LeCure - 1.0, 18p 1.0, 10p 2.0 IP, 28 pitches
JJ Hoover - 1.0, 15p
2.0, 33p 3.0 IP, 48 pitches
Alfredo Simon - 1.1, 36p 1.1 IP, 36 pitches