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Reds at Cardinals, Game 1: Preview/Prediction Thread

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Patrick McDermott

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Cincinnati Reds
@ St. Louis Cardinals

Monday, Apr 29, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT
Busch Stadium

Mat Latos vs Adam Wainwright

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

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It feels a lot better getting out of that last series with a win instead of being swept, doesn't it? It feels like we have an even chance for the first time in a few days.

News of course is that Donald Lutz is finally officially called up, and should be available for tonight's game. Chris Heisey is on the DL, and we're officially in a LF-by-committee. He won't open his career with a test as tough as facing the Cardinals on the road. What worked to the Reds' advantage in facing Ross Detwiler yesterday, will haunt them today in Adam Wainwright, who's having a great year so far. He's 5-for-5 on quality starts, and is sporting a 1.93 ERA so far this year. He's been average against the Reds in his career, but that shouldn't matter with how well he's throwing the ball.

Fortunately for the Reds, Mat Latos is in the other dugout. Mat also has 5 quality starts in a row to start 2013, and has only given up 1 run in his last 2 outings of 7 innings each. The Reds will take another one of those, thanks. He's been traditionally knocked around against the Cards in his career, to the tune of a 7.88 ERA. Eesh.

Bullpen looks good. Let's do this.

Go Reds! They're my favorite team!

Bullpen Log

Reliever 4/24 4/25 4/26 4/27 4/28 5 day totals
Aroldis Chapman 1.0, 17p

1.0, 20p 2.0 IP, 37 pitches
Jonathan Broxton 1.0, 13p
1.0, 14p
1.0, 30p 3.0 IP, 57 pitches
Sam LeCure

0.1, 15p 0.1 IP, 15 pitches
J.J. Hoover
1.0, 15p
1.0, 16p
2.0 IP, 31 pitches
Logan Ondrusek
1.0, 22p

1.0 IP, 22 pitches
Sean Marshall 1.0, 18p

1.0, 11p 0.2, 12p 2.2 IP, 41 pitches
Alfredo Simon

3.0, 54p

3.0 IP, 54 pitches