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Reds at Nats, Game 3: Preview/Prediction/AvoidTheG'DSweep Thread

Reds at Nats, Game 3: Preview/Prediction/AvoidTheG'DSweep Thread

Tony! Tony! Tone down the losses against the Nats!
Tony! Tony! Tone down the losses against the Nats!
Joe Robbins

Cincinnati Reds
@ Washington Nationals

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT
Nationals Park

Tony Cingrani vs Ross Detwiler

Winds blowing from right to left field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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Thus far, the Reds have not won a game this year occurring during NFL Draft. Unfortunately, since the NFL has turned the draft into an event rivaling the length of Lent, this means the Reds are in the middle of a three game skid. We're going to assume that correlation equals causation today and chalk up the Reds' inability to get timely hits or consistent starting pitching from its 5th starter to the fact that someone let Mel Kiper Jr. out of his cryogenic chamber over the last 96 hours. Therefore, we can fully expect the Reds to fully avoid a series sweep in Washington.

In avoiding the dubious accomplishment of a four-game sweep, the Reds will be engaged in a battle of left-handed pitchers between Tony Cingrani and Ross Detwiler (I hardly know her). Cingrani will hope to continue flummoxing major league hitters by throwing his fastball 85% of the time while Detwiler will seek to maintain his 1.38 ERA and improve on his 1-1 record this season. After yesterday's short outing by Mike Leake, Cingani will likely be counted on to go at least six innings to rest what has been a beleaguered bullpen over the past 24 hours.

The Reds' hitters broke the vicious circle of one-hitters yesterday thanks to solid contributions by Shin Soo Choo and Brandon Phillips. Choo, for the record, is 1 for 2 against Detwiler while DatDude is 4 for 15 in the most plate appearances by a Red against the lefty. If one thinks Detwiler is just what the doctor ordered for Jay Bruce, think again (or fire Dr. Poking Stick). Bruce is 1 for 14 against Ross in his career; lending credence to the "can't hit lefties" screed espoused by drunks, fools, and other Reds fans.

With the Reds starting a 3 game set in St. Louis tomorrow, the last thing the Reds need on their conscience is a baby being placed in a basket. With that in mind, the Reds better make sure their visit to Washington during cherry blossom season does not go to waste now that Mel Kiper Jr. has been returned to exile.

Go Reds! They're my favorite team!

Bullpen Log

Reliever 4/23 4/24 4/25 4/26 4/27 5 day totals
Aroldis Chapman
1.0, 17p

1.0 IP, 17 pitches
Jonathan Broxton
1.0, 13p
1.0, 14p
2.0 IP, 27 pitches
Sam LeCure

0.0 IP, 0 pitches
J.J. Hoover

1.0, 15p
1.0, 16p 2.1 IP, 39 pitches
Logan Ondrusek 1.0, 18p
1.0, 22p

2.0 IP, 40 pitches
Sean Marshall
1.0, 18p

1.0, 11p 2.0 IP, 29 pitches
Alfredo Simon 0.2, 5p

3.0, 54p

3.2 IP, 59 pitches