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Game 37: Reds @ Mets (1:10 EDT). Latos vs. Dickey.

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Cincinnati Reds
@ New York Mets

Thursday, May 17, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT
Citi Field

Mat Latos vs R.A. Dickey

Coverage

TV: FSO-HD, SNY-HD; RADIO: WLW, WFAN, WQBU; WEB: MLB.tv, Gameday Audio, Gameday

Weather

Sunny. Winds blowing in from center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.

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The Reds faced the knuckleballing R.A. Dickey for the first time last July. Last year's edition had some success: eight hits (BP and Bruce both doubled), but 7 Ks in 6.2 innings. Ryan Ludwick and Wilson Valdez are the only Reds with more than 5 PAs against Dickey. Ludwick is the most successful, with a home run and a single in 6 ABs.

Before last year (as far as I could tell), the last knuckleball specialist to face the Reds was the now-retired Tim Wakefield. Miguel Cairo is the only Red to see him more than 4 times. Old Giza is .269/.345/.308 lifetime against Wake.

With the possible exception of Cairo, we really have no idea how the Reds handle the knuckleball, but you know without looking that Ludwick will be in the lineup.

Mat Latos
Stats R.A. Dickey
4.54 (85)
ERA (ERA+) 3.64 (97)
1.462
WHIP 1.263
1.83
K/BB 2.13
4.37
FIP 4.58
4.34
xFIP 3.69
4.31
SIERA 3.96
39.2
IP 44.1

Lineups

REDS

Zack Cozart (R) SS
Drew Stubbs (R) CF
Joey Votto (L) 1B
Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
Jay Bruce (L) RF
Ryan Ludwick (R) LF
Todd Frazier (R) 3B
Ryan Hanigan (R) C
Mat Latos (R) RHP

METS

Andres Torres (S) CF
Kirk Nieuwenhuis (L) LF
David Wright (R) 3B
Lucas Duda (L) RF
Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
Ike Davis (L) 1B
Ronny Cedeno (R) SS
Mike Nickeas (R) C
R.A. Dickey (R) RHP

Bullpen Log

Reliever 5/12 5/13 5/14 5/15 5/16 5 day totals
Sean Marshall 1.0, 19p 1.0, 12p 1.0, 17p
3.0 IP, 48 pitches
Aroldis Chapman 2.0, 33p 0.2, 12p 1.0, 9p
3.2 IP, 54 pitches
Logan Ondrusek 1.0, 14p 0.2, 15p 1.2 IP, 29 pitches
Jose Arredondo 1.0, 12p 1.0, 16p 1.0, 12p
3.0 IP, 40 pitches
Sam LeCure 1.2, 46p 1.2 IP, 46 pitches
J.J. Hoover 1.1, 22p 1.0, 8p 2.1 IP, 30 pitches
Alfredo Simon 2.0, 46p 2.0 IP, 46 pitches