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Reds vs. Cubs Game 1: Preview/Prediction Thread


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Chicago Cubs
@ Cincinnati Reds

Monday, Apr 22, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park

Travis Wood vs Mike Leake

Sunny. Winds blowing in from right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.

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I almost don't want this homestand to end. 6 out of 7 so far, with a chance to make it more at the expense of the Chicago Cubs.

If this pitching matchup feels a lot like we've seen it before, it's because in a way, we have. In the spring of 2010, these two pitchers were battling for the 5th starter spot on the team. Looking at today's matchup, we know who won, but it's fun to go back and reminisce.

To his credit, Wood may have the last laugh before all is said and done. He's sporting a 1.83 ERA in 3 starts so far this season and hasn't given up a home run yet. That could very well change tonight.

Mike Leake has been fine, and has a history of being decent against the Cubs. His 3.56 ERA there is better than his average.

Good news. Nobody in the bullpen looks overworked, so just about anyone should be able to step in if necessary.

Wooo Reds!

Bullpen Log

Reliever 4/17 4/18 4/19 4/20 4/21 5 day totals
Aroldis Chapman

1.0, 16p 1.0, 10p
2.0 IP, 26 pitches
Jonathan Broxton
1.0,11p 1.0, 9p

2.0 IP, 20 pitches
Sam LeCure
1.0, 17p
2.0, 14p
3.0 IP, 31 pitches
J.J. Hoover
1.0, 11p
1.0, 20p
2.0 IP, 21 pitches
Logan Ondrusek 1.0, 6p

1.0, 17p 2.0 IP, 23 pitches
Manny Parra

1.0, 21p 1.0 IP, 21 pitches
Alfredo Simon
1.0, 11p
1.0, 14p 1.0, 10p

3.0 IP, 35 pitches