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Game 97 Reds @ Astros (8:05 PM EDT) Leake vs. Harrell

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HOUSTON - JULY 23: Chris Snyder demonstrates his combination helmet-bat prototype, the Astros' latest attempt to generate more offense. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - JULY 23: Chris Snyder demonstrates his combination helmet-bat prototype, the Astros' latest attempt to generate more offense. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Cincinnati Reds
@ Houston Astros

Monday, Jul 24, 2012, 8:05 PM EDT
Minute Maid Park

Mike Leake vs. Lucas Harrell

Partly cloudy with a 30-percent chance of rain. Winds blowing out to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game-time temperature: Near 95.


Joey Votto isn't needed. The Reds offense is fully capable of scoring 8 runs a game without their MVP first-baseman, as they proved last night. Oh... the Astros are really bad? Who knew?

Your Redlegs look to continue their hot hitting tonight as they face Lucas Harrell. The 27 year old pitcher has a decent 4.24 ERA on the year but he's certainly hittable. He strikes out very few hitters and allows more walks than the league-average. He throws mostly fastballs (low-90s) while mixing in some decent curveballs and change-ups. Harrell has been good lately, allowing less than 2 runs in 4 of his last 5 outings. It should be noted however, that those 4 strong starts came against the Padres (twice), Giants and Indians; not exactly offensive juggernauts,

Leake was roughed up the last time he took the mound, ending a streak of 5 starts in which he allowed 2 runs or fewer. Nonetheless, Reds fans should be please with the steady improvements Leake is making. While his ERA is up a bit from last year, he's reduced his walk rate and is allowing fewer home runs. He'll likely never develop into a top-of-the-rotation type of pitcher, but his ability to command all his pitches makes him a solid piece in any rotation. The Astros offense is bad... I mean, REALLY bad.

Mike Leake the hitter > The Astros offense:

Leake: .314/.314/.514
Astros: .241/.308/.374

Lineups & Bullpen Log after the jump.

In the words of Thom, "HOLY MOSES!" Xavier Paul gets the start in left-field, and he's batting in front of Todd Frazier.

LINEUPS

REDS ASTROS
COZART SS
STUBBS CF
PHILLIPS 2B
BRUCE RF
ROLEN 3B
PAUL LF
FRAZIER 1B
MESORACO C
LEAKE P HARRELL P

Bullpen Log

Reliever 7/19 7/20 7/21 7/22 7/23 5 day totals
Aroldis Chapman 1.0, 14p 1.0, 13p 1.0, 20p 3.0 IP, 47 pitches
Sean Marshall 0.1, 8p 0.2, 10p 1.2, 27p
2.2 IP, 45 pitches
Logan Ondrusek 0.2. 7p 1.0, 11p 1.0, 12p 2.2 IP, 30 pitches
Jose Arredondo 0.2, 13p 1.0, 15p
1.2 IP, 28 pitches
Sam LeCure 0.2, 5p 1.0, 36p
1.2 IP, 41 pitches
Alfredo Simon 1.2, 21p 1.2 IP, 21 pitches
Bill Bray 0.1, 13p
0.1 IP, 13 pitches

  • Nice to see Chapman and Ondrusek get the day off last night despite only 5 innings from Latos. Both should be ready if needed.
  • LeCure is likely only available in an emergency situation having thrown 36 pitches last night. Marshall should probably be avoided as well if possible.