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Reds vs. Cardinals, Game 4: Preview/Prediction Thread

The Reds go for the series win against their rival from St. Louis, relying heavily on the young arm of Tony Cingrani.

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Current Series

Reds lead the series 2-1

Mon 09/02 WP: Mat Latos (14 - 5)
LP: Adam Wainwright (15 - 9)
7 - 2 win
Tue 09/03 WP: Homer Bailey (10 - 10)
SV: Aroldis Chapman
LP: Seth Maness (5 - 2)
1 - 0 win
Wed 09/04 WP: Carlos Martinez (2 - 1)
LP: Logan Ondrusek (3 - 1)
4 - 5 loss

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Thursday, Sep 5, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park

Clear. Winds blowing in from left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.

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After last night's 16 inning loss in which the Reds used 6 relievers, 3 of whom pitched at least 2 inning, Tony Cingrani will be asked to do something he hasn't done very often in his short MLB career; pitch deep into the ballgame. In 16 starts this season, Cingrani has averaged 5.2 innings per start. As great as the young lefty has been on the mound, pitch-efficiency has not been one of his strengths. Fresh off the DL with a talented and patient lineup in the Cardinals and a tired Reds bullpen, the man affectionately known as Cinnerman has a quite the challenge tonight. Oh... did I mention it's September 5th and one of the two divisional foes you are chasing is the opponent? No pressure young man.

For the Cards, Lance Lynn takes the bump. Lynn had one good start in six attempts during the month of August, with that one good performance coming against these Redlegs. In that game, Lynn allowed only 2 runs over 8 innings - the only start this season in which he lasted at least 8 innings. Since that time, however, Lynn has been smacked around by the Pirates (twice), the Brewers and the Braves.

The bullpen could use a night off. Also, the bullpen log is a lot more work after rosters have expanded and the previous game lasted 16 innings.

Bullpen Log

Reliever 8/31 9/1 9/2 9/3 9/4 5 day totals
Aroldis Chapman

1.0, 14p 1.0, 14p
2.0 IP, 28 pitches
Sam LeCure 1.0, 17p

0.2, 15p
1.2 IP, 32 pitches
J.J. Hoover

2.0, 39p
2.0 IP, 39 pitches
Manny Parra
0.2, 19p
1.0, 17p 1.2 IP, 36 pitches
Logan Ondrusek
1.0, 5p

2.0, 29p
3.0 IP, 34 pitches
Alfredo Simon
0.2, 10p

3.0, 30p

3.2 IP, 40 pitches

Zach Duke

0.1, 6p
0.1 IP, 6 pitches
Curtis Partch
1.1, 17p

1.1 IP, 17 pitches
Greg Reynolds 8.0, 104p

8.0 IP, 104 pitches
Nick Christiani
1.2, 19p 1.0, 17p
2.2 IP, 36 pitches