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Reds vs. Mets, Game 1: Preview/Prediction Thread

Reds vs. Mets, Game 1: Preview/Prediction Thread

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3 game series vs Mets @ Great American Ball Park

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Monday, Sep 23, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park

Aaron Harang vs Johnny Cueto

Clear. Winds blowing in from left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.

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Aaron Harang vs. Johnny Cueto. I had to do a double-take. There's a lot of history and symmetry to this match-up of Opening Day starters Past and Present.

There's also some irony. Harang might actually witness another Reds' playoff clinch at Great American Ball Park - this time, as a Met. He's technically on his fourth organization of the season, though he's only logged playing time for the Mariners and Mets. If a clinch happenned tonight, it's likely to happen after game time. The Nationals and Cardinals get started at 8:05. If the Reds win and the Nats lose, the Reds secure a berth in the post-season.

The weirdness of the Nats playing the Cardinals means you should actually root for the Nationals to win. Since two Reds wins over the next six games means a playoff clinch anyway, the Nationals do the Reds more favors by helping them gain on the Cards.

It's hard to hope for Harang to get beat up, but it's not so hard to hope he gets Harang'd. If Cueto's comeback start was any indication, the conditions are right.

Bullpen Log

Reliever 9/18 9/19 9/20 9/21 9/22 5 day totals
Aroldis Chapman 1.0, 22p - 1.0, 10p

2.0 IP, 32 pitches
Sam LeCure 1.2, 21p - 1.0, 26p

2.2 IP, 47 pitches
J.J. Hoover 1.1, 26p - 1.0, 10p 0.1, 2p
2.2 IP, 38 pitches
Manny Parra 0.0, 8p - 0.2, 6p
1.0, 8p 1.2 IP, 22 pitches
Logan Ondrusek 1.2, 29p - 0.1, 11p
1.0, 11p 2.0 IP, 40 pitches
Alfredo Simon 3.0, 53p -
1.0, 15p 1.0, 32p

5.0 IP,  100 pitches

Zach Duke 0.2, 8p -
0.0, 6p
0.2 IP, 14 pitches
Curtis Partch

0.0 IP, 0 pitches
Nick Christiani


0.0 IP, 0 pitches
Sean Marshall
1.0, 8p
1.0 IP, 8 pitches
Tony Cingrani I don't know what's up 0.0 IP, 0 pitches