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Game 4: Reds vs. Nationals (7:10 PM EDT) Bailey vs. Haren

Joe Robbins

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Washington Nationals
@ Cincinnati Reds

Friday, Apr 5, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park

Dan Haren vs Homer Bailey

Clear. Winds blowing from left to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 55.

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So early in the season and we are already being treated to some big-time match-ups. The Reds just won two of three against the Angels, who are widely favored to be among the best of the AL this season. Now, in comes Washington, who are widely favored to be among the best in the NL this season. Hot dang!

Homer Bailey gets his first start of the season against Dan Haren. Homer had the best season of his career last year and Haren had his worst. Two ships passing in the night. Maybe because Homer is an avid hunter, he'll be able to take down Haren. But I think that's "heron" and I think they are endangered. *ABANDON METAPHOR*

The biggest thing about this game before it even gets started is that Ryan Hanigan is catching. Most importantly, that means that Devin Mesoraco isn't. I'm not sure what's going on here. Maybe Devin is sick or banged up or something, but if not, then this is a strange development. If Mesoraco is only going to catch for Mike Leake (I'm assuming he will at least get to catch for Mike Leake), then why is he even here? Hopefully we'll get some answers, because as early-season dramatic story lines go, this rates as a solid 6.8 or so.


Shin-Soo Choo CF Denard Span CF
Chris Heisey LF Jayson Werth RF
Joey Votto 1B Bryce Harper LF
Brandon Phillips 2B Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Jay Bruce RF Adam LaRoche 1B
Todd Frazier 3B Ian Desmond SS
Zack Cozart SS Danny Espinosa 2B
Ryan Hanigan C Kurt Suzuki C
Homer Bailey P Dan Haren P

Bullpen Log

Reliever 3/31
4/2 4/3 4/4 5 day totals
Aroldis Chapman -
1.0, 20p
- 1.0, 15p
1.0, 9p
3.0 IP, 44 pitches
Sean Marshall - -
0 IP, 0 pitches
Jonathan Broxton - 1.0, 14p
- 1.0, 13p
2.0 IP, 27 pitches
Sam LeCure - 2.0, 34p
- 1.0, 14p
3.0 IP, 48 pitches
J.J. Hoover -
2.0, 47p
- 0.1, 13p 2.1 IP, 60 pitches
Manny Parra -
0 IP, 0 pitches
Alfredo Simon -
1.0, 24p
1.0 IP, 24 pitches