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Game 78: Reds @ Giants (4:05 EDT). Arroyo vs. Vogelsong.

Cincinnati Reds
@ San Francisco Giants

Sunday, Jul 1, 2012, 4:05 PM EDT
AT&T Park

Bronson Arroyo vs Ryan Vogelsong

Mostly sunny. Winds blowing out to center field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 60.

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Good pitching beats good hitting. Good pitching beats bad hitting. Bad pitching probably beats bat hitting. Good hitting probably beats good pitching. Paper beats rock. Et cetera. Et cetera. Et cetera. Bronson Arroyo will likely keep these logical progressions in mind as he attempts to finally finish a no hitter today against the San Francisco Giants. Ryan Vogelsong, on the other hand, probably doesn't care about any of this, as he looks to extend his streak of games going at least 6 innings to 15.

Sure, (unfortunately,) the pitching is important, but all eyes on this Canada Day will be turned to the Say-'eh' kid, Joey Votto. Votto was taken out yesterday as a precaution after experiencing some left knee inflammation. While it's been reported that he is expected to miss "some time," anytime over the three innings missed yesterday could spell p-r-o-b-l-e-m-s for this team. With the Cardinals Brewers Cubs Astros Pirates (editor's note: REALLY?) knocking at the door of first place, the Reds cannot skip a beat during this west coast stretch.

In their attempt to clinch this series against the Giants, the Reds will need to find an answer to stop Ryan Theriot. Quiet (The)Riot hit over .300 in the month of June despite being banged up and on the D.L. for part of the time. Recent productivity notwithstanding, Theriot still remains the player I am most glad about the Reds not-signing. Granted, in making decisions like this, sometimes you let someone like Melky Cabrera get away.