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Reds at Pirates, Game 1: Preview/Prediction Thread

Jason Miller

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Cincinnati Reds
@ Pittsburgh Pirates

Friday, May 31, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT
PNC Park at North Shore

Johnny Cueto vs Wandy Rodriguez

Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing from right to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 85.

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Personally, I'm not sad that the Reds are done with Cleveland. Unfortunately, they're heading to a place where they got swept earlier this year in Pittsburgh.

The Reds have Johnny Cueto taking the mound, who is going in just his 3rd start since his DL stint. He was great last time out, going 7 innings and only giving up 1 run. Cueto actually faced the Pirates earlier this year, and if you recall, this was the game where he got hurt. If the Reds leave tonight's game with Cueto intact, I'm happy.

The Buccos will counter with Wandy Rodriguez, who may be the 5th starter for this Pirates rotation right now. Wandy has a long history with the Reds, with a 4.33 ERA against in 29 starts, more than any other team he's faced.

This is obviously an important series, as the Pirates are entering tonight a game ahead of the Reds. Dusty and the boys can make a huge impression and really take charge of the NL Central starting with this game right here. Let's do this.

Go Reds! They're my favorite team!

Bullpen Log

Reliever 5/26 5/27 5/28 5/29 5/30 5 day totals
Aroldis Chapman
1.0, 17p

1.0 IP, 17 pitches
Jonathan Broxton
0.2, 9p

0.2 IP, 9 pitches
Sam LeCure

0.1, 5p

0.1 IP, 5 pitches
J.J. Hoover 2.0, 38p

1.0, 17p 1.0, 22p 4.0 IP, 77 pitches
Logan Ondrusek 0.2, 25p

1.1, 31p
2.0 IP, 56 pitches
Manny Parra
0.1, 14p
0.1, 3p
1.0, 11p 1.2 IP, 28 pitches
Alfredo Simon

2.0, 30p
2.1, 45p

4.0 IP, 75 pitches