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Reds at Mets, Game 1: Preview/Predictions

Brian Garfinkel

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Cincinnati Reds
@ New York Mets

Monday, May 20, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT
Citi Field

Johnny Cueto vs Shaun Marcum

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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New series, so let's forget about yesterday's game. Today marks the return of Johnny Cueto, which is news in itself. Cueto looked pretty promising in his rehab, so hopefully he'll be able to bounce back and make a good "second debut".

He'll face a familiar foe in Shaun Marcum. He has a 3.42 career ERA against the Reds in 4 starts, but has been pretty awful so far this year. He's only gone 6 innings in one of his 5 starts, his last one against the Cardinals.

Looks like today might be an active game for the bullpens, so the Reds better hope they get a few innings out of Cueto because there isn't much down there. It's safe to say that I'm honestly hoping we have a lead of 3 runs or more, because that's the only situation where I want Aroldis Chapman out there.

Go Reds!

Bullpen Log

Reliever 5/15 5/16 5/17 5/18 5/19 5 day totals
Aroldis Chapman 1.0, 26p 0.2, 12p

0.1, 14p 2.0 IP, 52 pitches
Jonathan Broxton

0.2, 11p
0.2, 19p 1.1 IP, 30 pitches
Sam LeCure 1.0, 19p
1.0, 10p

2.0 IP, 29 pitches
J.J. Hoover
1.0, 30p

1.0 IP, 30 pitches
Logan Ondrusek

1.0, 9p

1.0 IP, 9 pitches
Sean Marshall 0.1, 6p
0.1, 14p
0.1, 2p 1.0 IP, 22 pitches
Alfredo Simon

1.1, 18p

1.1 IP, 18 pitches