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Game 114 Preview & Thread: Reds @ Cubs (4:05 EDT). Arroyo vs. Wood.

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Cincinnati Reds
@ Chicago Cubs

Saturday, Aug 11, 2012, 4:05 PM EDT
Wrigley Field

Bronson Arroyo vs Travis Wood


TV: FSO-HD, CSC-HD; RADIO: WLW, WGN, WRTO; WEB:, Gameday Audio, Gameday


Sunny. Winds blowing from left to right field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.

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When we last left Travis Wood, the Reds kind of didn't know what to do with him during September of last season. While we were decrying the fact that the Reds should have gotten a better read on him in preparation for the 2012 season, Walt Jocketty was making other plans. He sent Wood, Ronald Torreyes and Dave Sappelt for Sean Marshall. Despite Marshall's jitters against his former team yesterday, it's hard to say that trade hasn't done what the Reds needed it to. Torreyes is still just 19, but Sappelt would have stayed a deep cut in Louisville and Wood a long-reliever, at best.

Wood faces his former team for the first time today. I loved watching his near perfect game and gutsy performance in the 2010 playoffs (both against the Phillies), but he has a chance to start this year with the Cubs. Everyone wins. He'll go up against his former rotation mate.

Bronson, like much of the Reds' staff, has hit a rough patch. This isn't uncommon as the season lurches toward expanded rosters. To boot, the Reds continue to extend their franchise record for games using just five starters. You wouldn't expect the innings load to affect him, but I've stopped trying to guess at what will happen with Bronson Arroyo. After all, I figured there was a good chance Travis Wood would be starting in his spot at this point in the season.

Bronson Arroyo Stats Travis Wood
4.05 (104)
ERA (ERA+) 4.77 (84)
WHIP 1.286
K/BB 1.75
FIP 5.62
xFIP 4.81
SIERA 4.73
IP 88.2



Zack Cozart (R) SS
Drew Stubbs (R) CF
Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
Ryan Ludwick (R) LF
Todd Frazier (R) 1B
Chris Heisey (R) RF
Wilson Valdez (R) 3B
Ryan Hanigan (R) C
Bronson Arroyo (R) P


David DeJesus (L) CF
Darwin Barney (R) 2B
Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
Alfonso Soriano (R) LF
Starlin Castro (R) SS
Luis Valbuena (L) 3B
Bryan LaHair (L) RF
Steve Clevenger (L) C
Travis Wood (R) P

Bullpen Log

Reliever 8/6 8/7 8/8 8/9 8/10 5 day totals
Aroldis Chapman 1.1, 20p 1.1 P, 20 pitches
Sean Marshall 0.1, 8p 1.0, 25p 0.1, 14p
1.2 IP, 47 pitches
Jonathan Broxton 0.2, 23p 0.2, 21p 1.1 IP, 44 pitches
Logan Ondrusek 0.1, 9p 0.2, 13p 1.0 IP, 22 pitches
Jose Arredondo 1.0, 21p 0.1, 11p 0.1, 6p
1.2 IP, 38 pitches
Sam LeCure 1.2, 14p 0.2, 11p 0.2, 8p
3.0 IP, 33 pitches
Alfredo Simon 0.0 IP, 0 pitches

Bullpen notes:

  • It's been an inauspicious start to Jonathan Broxton's Reds' career, as he's given up 6 hits and 4 earned runs in 4.0 innings, with just 1 K. He could be shaking some rust from a few long lay-offs in July with the Royals. For whatever reason, his velocity has been down in his last 3 appearances, not touching high 90s like he was earlier in the season.