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Reds vs. Mets, Game 3: Preview/Prediction Thread

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David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports


Current Series

3 game series vs Mets @ Great American Ball Park

Mon 09/23 WP: Manny Parra (2 - 3)
LP: Greg Burke (0 - 3)
3 - 2 win
Tue 09/24 WP: Jon Niese (8 - 8)
SV: Vic Black
LP: Mike Leake (14 - 7)
2 - 4 loss


You'd hate to say that there's a "must-win" game with a playoff spot locked up, but I think this qualifies. Dusty agrees, scratching previous starter Greg Reynolds for ace Mat Latos. As the Bucs and Cards both won easily last night, the Reds now find themselves a game back. They'll still hold the tie-break over Pittsburgh if the two teams end up tied, but that assumes they win the series in Cincinnati this weekend. I think that's the best case scenario for the Reds right now, honestly. 3 games back with 4 games left does not a division winner make.

Mat will face off against Daisuke Matsuzaka, another once good pitcher who's struggled this season for a crappy team. Welp.

The bullpen did an outstanding job last night given the circumstance, but the bats picked a crappy time to go cold.

Bullpen Log

Reliever 9/20 9/21 9/22 9/23 9/24 5 day totals
Aroldis Chapman 1.0, 10p

1.0, 17p
2.0 IP, 27 pitches
Sam LeCure 1.0, 26p

0.1, 12p
1.1 IP, 38 pitches
J.J. Hoover 1.0, 10p 0.1, 2p

1.0, 12p 2.1 IP, 24 pitches
Manny Parra 0.2, 6p
1.0, 8p 1.0, 7p
2.2 IP, 21 pitches
Logan Ondrusek 0.1, 11p
1.0, 11p
2.0, 27p 3.1 IP, 49 pitches
Alfredo Simon
1.0, 15p 1.0, 32p
1.2, 17p

3.2 IP, 64 pitches

Zach Duke
0.0, 6p

2.1, 39p 2.1 IP, 45 pitches
Curtis Partch




0.0 IP, 0 pitches
Nick Christiani





0.0 IP, 0 pitches
Sean Marshall
1.0, 8p
0.2, 4p 0.1, 12p 2.0 IP, 24 pitches
Tony Cingrani I don't know what's up 0.0 IP, 0 pitches