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Game 108: Reds vs. Pirates (1:10 PM EDT) Bailey vs. Burnett

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Pittsburgh Pirates
@ Cincinnati Reds

Sunday, Aug 5, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park

A.J. Burnett vs Homer Bailey

Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing out to left field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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We're starting to run out of things to shave, guys. This afternoon, the Reds will go for their sixth straight win with an attempted sweep of their Rival of the Week Pittsburgh Pirates. With a win, the Reds can climb to 6.5 games up on Pirates. But let's not get (that far) ahead of ourselves.

The Pirates will try to avoid a sweep with A.J. Burnett taking the mound. Burnett, having an Arroyo-like resurgence this year, sports a 13-3 record and an ERA of 3.27. If you're not a traditional stats guy, you'll be worried in knowing that Burnett has an ERA+ of 114 and has collected a WAR of 1.9 thus far. (That's good, right?) Baseball Reference regurgitations notwithstanding, if the Reds look to sweep, they'll have to do it against the most impressive pitcher on the Pirates staff for 2012.

The Votto-less, BP-less Reds will be led by Homer Bailey going for his tenth win of the season. Even though Burnett is 2-0 on the season against the Reds, it's turning into one of those seasons where you just simply cannot doubt the Reds; even if they decided to sign Willy Taveras and stick him in the lineup today. Heck, I wouldn't be surprised if the Reds allow Charlie Sheen to come down from his luxury box and record an out or two.

Go Reds, their #1 fan is a sociopath!

Lineups

Pittsburgh

1. Marte, LF

2. Harrison, 3B

3. McCutchen, CF

4. Jones, RF

5. Walker, 2B

6. Sanchez, 1B

7. Barajas, C

8. Barmes, SS

9. Burnett, P

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Cincinnati

1. Cozart, SS

2. Stubbs, CF

3. Bruce, RF

4. Ludwick, LF

5. Frazier, 3B

6. Cairo, 1B

7. Valdez, 2B

8. Hanigan, C

9. Bailey, P