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Reds vs. Braves, Game 2: Preview/Prediction Thread

What it's all about, right here.
What it's all about, right here.

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Atlanta Braves
@ Cincinnati Reds

Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park

Kris Medlen vs Homer Bailey

Mostly cloudy. Winds blowing in from left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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First off, I'd like to echo KMiB's sentiments from last night. Yes, it's exciting that we're finding new ways to look at the game, but almost nobody here makes a living here with it. We watch baseball because we're fans of the game, and it's just that... a game. It's a long season, and it's easy to lose sight of that. Even if they continue to struggle, it's still a game. Unless your name is Castellini, the outcome of this season won't affect anything in your life. Let's enjoy the ride.

Another beautiful thing about this game is that the Reds get another shot at the Braves tonight, less than 24 hours after being disappointed. They'll face Kris Medlen, who probably should work at Red Reporter with that name. He's actually struggled over his career at GABP, with a 5.14 ERA in a small sample there. He gave up 3 runs and lost his last time out, and I don't see why that won't happen again.

I say that because he faces Homer Bailey, who has a 2.41 career ERA against the Reds. He struggled a bit his last time out, but he's been lights out at home (3 for 3 in QS), and expect pizza (24K in 3 home starts/11K in 3 away starts).

Ondrusek and Simon probably won't go tonight, maybe Hoover too, but the big guns are well-rested. Let's do this.

Go Reds! They're my favorite team!

Bullpen Log

Reliever 5/2 5/3 5/4 5/5 5/6 5 day totals
Aroldis Chapman - 0.2, 32p 1.0, 19p

1.2 IP, 51 pitches
Jonathan Broxton - 1.0, 7p 1.0, 12p

2.0 IP, 19 pitches
Sam LeCure - 0.2, 13p
2.0, 22p
2.2 IP, 35 pitches
J.J. Hoover - 0.1, 4p
1.0, 28p 1.0, 17p 2.1 IP, 49 pitches
Logan Ondrusek -
1.0, 10p
1.0, 31p 2.0 IP, 41 pitches
Sean Marshall - 0.2, 11p
1.0, 12p
1.2 IP, 23 pitches
Alfredo Simon -

2.0, 26p

2.0 IP, 26 pitches