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

Jamie Sabau

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St. Louis Cardinals
@ Cincinnati Reds

Saturday, Jun 8, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park

Mostly clear. Winds blowing from right to left field at 1-5 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.

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Time to get things back on track. Last night was a dismal performance, but it'll be a Saturday night at the ballyard in front of a (rumored) sold out crowd. They need this one.

Lucky for them, they have Mat Latos on the hill for this one. He's coming off another quality start where he didn't get the "win", another one blown by the bullpen. He needs the bats to wake up, basically.

These bats will face Tyler Lyons, who's making his 4th major league start. The Reds tend to struggle against pitchers like this, but he can be beaten, as the Giants discovered in his last start.

Also, an interesting lineup change to report, as Derrick Robinson will bat 2nd tonight with Cozart moving to the 8th spot. Something to keep an eye on.

Bullpen looks ok, especially with Partch in there now.

Bullpen Log

Reliever 6/3 6/4 6/5 6/6 6/7 5 day totals
Aroldis Chapman 1.0, 23p

1.0 IP, 23 pitches
Jonathan Broxton

1.0, 16p -
1.0 IP, 16 pitches
Sam LeCure
1.0, 24p
- 1.0, 16p
2.0 IP, 40 pitches
J.J. Hoover
1.0, 16p 0.2, 10p - 1.0, 16p
2.2 IP, 42 pitches
Curtis Partch 1.0, 18p
1.0, 24p

2.0 IP, 42 pitches (AAA)
Manny Parra

1.0, 24p -
1.0, 16p 2.0 IP, 40 pitches
Alfredo Simon

2.0, 37p -

2.0 IP, 37 pitches

I'm heading to the game tonight, so let me know if you'll also be there. It's "social media" night or something, after all.

The Reds need this game. Sometimes, drastic measures need to be taken. Let's go Reds.