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Game 100 Preview: Reds @ Rockies (8:10 EDT). Cueto vs. Friedrich.

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Cincinnati Reds
@ Colorado Rockies

Saturday, Jul 28, 2012, 8:10 PM EDT
Coors Field

Johnny Cueto vs Christian Friedrich


TV: MLB Network (Subject to blackout), FSO-HD, ROOT-HD; RADIO: WLW, KOA; WEB:, Gameday Audio, Gameday


Partly cloudy, rain. Winds blowing in from left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 90.

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Despite winning their last eight, the Reds have only netted a 1.5 game advantage in the Central. You'd expect a better yield for your team's longest winnings streak in over 5 years. Unfortunately, SOPA died in Congress and the Piracy continues unabated.

Johnny Cueto has somewhat quietly continued to be one of the best pitchers in the majors. As a sign of just how good he's been, his last start in which he went 7.0 IP, stuck out 9, walked one and gave up one ER was just his 8th best this season by Game Score. He owns the league's best ERA and ERA+ and his FIP is now below 3.00.

The last (and only) time the Reds faced Kentucky's own First Rounder Christian Friedrich, he missed a good number of bats, K'ing 6 in 5 innings. With just one lefty in the lineup, I'll be surprised if he can keep up that rate.

Keep Calm and Cueto On.

Johnny Cueto
Stats Christian Friedrich
2.23 (187) ERA (ERA+) 5.71 (81)
1.170 WHIP 1.556
3.22 K/BB 2.52
2.96 FIP 4.19
3.77 xFIP 4.01
3.77 SIERA 4.00
133.1 IP 80.1



Zack Cozart (R) SS
Drew Stubbs (R) CF
Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
Jay Bruce (L) RF
Ryan Ludwick (R) LF
Scott Rolen (R) 3B
Todd Frazier (R) 1B
Ryan Hanigan (R) C
Johnny Cueto (R) P


Dexter Fowler (S) CF
Josh Rutledge (R) SS
Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF
Michael Cuddyer (R) RF
Todd Helton (L) 1B
Wilin Rosario (R) C
Jordan Pacheco (R) 3B
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Christian Friedrich (R) P

Bullpen Log

Reliever 7/23 7/24 7/25 7/26 7/27
5 day totals
Aroldis Chapman
1.0, 14p 1.0, 23p - 1.0, 11p 3.0 IP, 48 pitches
Sean Marshall 1.2, 27p

0.1, 4p - 2.0 IP, 31 pitches
Logan Ondrusek

0.2, 19p -
0.2 IP, 19 pitches
Jose Arredondo 1.0, 15p

1.0 IP, 15 pitches
Sam LeCure 1.0, 36p

1.0 IP, 36 pitches
Alfredo Simon

- 1.1, 24p 1.1 IP, 24 pitches
Bill Bray 0.1, 13p

0.1, 13 pitches

Bullpen notes:

  • Red Reporter Insider Analysis (pay before reading): Reds' bullpen is in much better shape than it was last week.
  • If Chapman's velocity is any indication, he's getting enough rest. His last pitch last night was 102 (and 7 of 8 fastballs were clocked at 100 mph or above).