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Game 49 Reds @ Pirates (7:05 PM EDT) Bailey vs. Morton

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Cincinnati Reds
@ Pittsburgh Pirates

Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT
PNC Park

Homer Bailey vs Charlie Morton

Mostly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing out to center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.

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Homer Bailey narrows his eyes and lets a faint smirk curl his lip. He loves facing the Pirates. In seven career starts against them, he has a 1.94 ERA over 46.1 innings. "It's good huntin' out there today", he mutters under his breath. He's strung together three straight quality starts now, and he's gone at least six innings in all but two games this season. "Good enough", he growls.

Charlie Morton has a reputation as something of a Reds killer, but he's not exactly that. I think much of that is based on the two complete games he's thrown against the Redlegs. He only has three for his career (the other was against the Cubs). But on the whole, his ERA against the Reds is a respectable-if-not-fantastic 3.99 in 11 starts.

As for this season, he's doing okay. He still doesn't walk anyone or strike anyone out, so hopefully the Reds aggressive approach will get results. He's gone at least six innings in his last four starts, including May 6th against this Reds team when he gave up four runs to take the loss.

Lineups and bullpen log after the jonk:


Cozart SS Tabata LF
Stubbs CF Harrison SS
Votto 1B McCutchen CF
Phillips 2B Alvarez 3B
Bruce RF Walker 2B
Ludwick LF Jones RF
Frazier 3B Hague 1B
Mesoraco C Barajas C
Bailey P Morton P

It seems like only a few days ago that I was complaining about the lopsided usage of the bullpen. The horses Chapman, Marshall, Ondrusek, and Arredondo were being ridden hard, while the middle relievers had seen complete lunar cycles without pitching. That sure changed in the last week. I suppose we can credit the shaky rotation for the work Hoover, Simon, and LeCure have put in lately, but whatever the reason it's good to see them getting some reps. And moreover, it's good to see them pitching well. This group ain't playin'.

Bullpen Log

Reliever 5/24 5/25 5/26 5/27 5/28 5 day totals
Aroldis Chapman 1.2, 25p 1.2 IP, 25 pitches
Sean Marshall 1.0, 17p 1.0, 15p 2.0 IP, 32 pitches
Logan Ondrusek 1.0, 14p 1.0, 16p 2.0 IP, 30 pitches
Jose Arredondo 1.0, 29p 0.0, 12p 1.0 IP, 41 pitches
Sam LeCure 1.0. 10p 2.0, 24p 3.0 IP, 34 pitches
J.J. Hoover 1.1, 17p 1.1, 20p 1.0, 17p 3.2 IP, 54 pitches
Alfredo Simon 2.0, 26p 3.0, 39p 5.0 IP, 65 pitches