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Game 126 Preview & Thread: Reds @ Phillies (7:05 EDT). Cueto vs. Hamels.

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Cincinnati Reds
@ Philadelphia Phillies

Thursday, Aug 23, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT
Citizens Bank Park

Johnny Cueto vs Cole Hamels

Coverage

TV: FSO-HD, CSP-HD; RADIO: WLW, WPHT, SBP; WEB: MLB.tv, Gameday Audio, Gameday

Weather

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

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Night moves: Mesoraco was option to AAA Louisville. JJ Hoover was recalled. Mesoraco was hitting .120/.214/.160 over the last four weeks. Hoover has put up a 1.22 ERA, with 13.4 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9 in 37 innings at Louisville. Based on my interpretation of the Roster Rules, Mesoraco can still be made eligible for the playoff roster.
We're back to the future. Although, with Hamels on the mound, it's hard not to dwell on the past. He's been the Roy Oswalt to this generation of Reds' teams. Hamels has absolutely smothered Reds' offenses over the last 6 years, holding them to a .164/.241/.294 line in his career, with a complete game shutout in the 2010 NLDS to boot.

Luckily, Johnny Cueto has been the Roy Halladay of this season. We know Cueto is the Debaser, but who will be the Ace of (Fewest) Bases?

Johnny Cueto Stats Cole Hamels
2.44 (173)
ERA (ERA+) 2.94 (138)
1.126
WHIP 1.109
3.65
K/BB 4.00
3.04
FIP 3.50
3.62
xFIP 3.29
3.60
SIERA 3.28
169.2
IP 171.1

REDS

Zack Cozart (R) SS
Drew Stubbs (R) CF
Jay Bruce (L) RF
Ryan Ludwick (R) LF
Todd Frazier (R) 3B
Miguel Cairo (R) 1B
Wilson Valdez (R) 2B
Ryan Hanigan (R) C
Johnny Cueto (R) P

PHILLIES

Juan Pierre (L) LF
Kevin Frandsen (R) 3B
Chase Utley (L) 2B
Ryan Howard (L) 1B
Domonic Brown (L) RF
Laynce Nix (L) CF
Erik Kratz (R) C
Michael Martinez (S) SS
Cole Hamels (L) P

Bullpen Log

Reliever 8/18 8/19 8/20 8/21 8/22 5 day totals
Aroldis Chapman 1.0, 26p 1.0, 9p 1.0, 10p
1.0, 20p
4.0 IP, 55 pitches
Sean Marshall 2.0, 19p 0.2, 16p
2.2 IP, 35 pitches
Jonathan Broxton 1.0, 17p
1.0 IP, 17 pitches
Jose Arredondo 1.0, 18p 1.0 IP, 18 pitches
Sam LeCure 1.0, 32p 0.2, 18p 1.2 IP, 50 pitches
JJ Hoover (AAA) 1.0 1.0 2.0 IP (AAA)
Alfredo Simon 1.2, 29p 1.2 IP, 29 pitches

Bullpen notes:

  • Aroldis Chapman has pitched 5 of the last 6 days.