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Game 119 Preview & Thread: Reds vs. Cubs (7:10 EDT). Arroyo vs. Wood.

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Chicago Cubs
@ Cincinnati Reds

Friday, Aug 17, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park

Travis Wood vs Bronson Arroyo

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TV: FSO-HD, WGN-HD; RADIO: WLW, WGN; WEB: MLB.tv, Gameday Audio, Gameday

Weather

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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The trades Walt Jocketty made in the offseason have undoubtedly been critical to the team's success. But the Reds have gotten a few doses of "jilted ex" in facing their former teammates.

Reds vs. traded Reds:

Former player Team Games vs. Reds Statline
Travis Wood CHC 1 7.0 IP, 1.29 ERA, 8 K
Edinson Volquez SDP 2 12.0 IP, 4.50 ERA, 14 K
Yonder Alonso SDP 8 32 PAs, .345/.406/.483
Yasmani Grandal SDP 5 16 PAs, .267/.313/.333
Juan Francisco ATL 5 15 PAs, .133/.133/.533

#

This same pitching match-up happened just a week a go. Bronson pitched well, Wood pitched better, but the latter was a hard-luck loser. Although maybe it's a stretch to call what the Cubs do "luck" at this point.

It's different this time. Wood will take the mound at Great American Ball Park, somewhere he never really got comfortable as a Red (5.30 ERA lifetime, .294/.352/.464 line against).

Bronson Arroyo Stats Travis Wood
3.95 (107)
ERA (ERA+) 4.52 (90)
1.232
WHIP 1.254
3.96
K/BB 1.92
4.17
FIP 5.34
4.24
xFIP 4.69
4.15
SIERA 4.57
143.2
IP 95.2

REDS

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

CUBS

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

Bullpen Log

Reliever 8/12 8/13 8/14 8/15 8/16 5 day totals
Aroldis Chapman 1.0, 17p -
M
1.0 IP, 17 pitches
Sean Marshall -
1.0, 11p I
1.0 IP, 11 pitches
Jonathan Broxton -
K
0 IP, 0 pitches
Logan Ondrusek -
E
1.0, 11p
1 IP, 11 pitches
Jose Arredondo -
1.0, 22p Y
1.0, 14p
2.0 IP, 36 pitches
Sam LeCure -
CG 0 IP, 0 pitches
Alfredo Simon -
NY
1.1, 16p
1.1 IP, 16 pitches

Bullpen notes:

  • Alfredo Simon has been very pitch efficient, if seldom-used, this month. In his two outings (4.1 IP total), he's only needed an average of 4.7 pitches to get each out.