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Reds vs. Pirates, Game 1: Preview and Predictions

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David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Cubs

@ Cincinnati Reds

Friday, July 11, 2014
Great American Ball Park

Mat Latos v. Vance Worley


4 of 5 from the Cubbies and the Reds are right back in the race. On the other hand, the team that just rolled into town aren't the Cubbies. This is another team who should be right in the thick of things, too.

Luckily, the Reds have #55 going tonight, who has been good in his last few outings. He went 8 innings and gave up 2 runs in his last start, and the Reds will be hoping for a performance like that tonight to let this tired bullpen rest a bit.

Vance Worley makes the start for Pittsburgh, who hasn't faced the Reds yet this year. He got beat pretty handily by the Cardinals in his last start, and his 4.76 ERA against the Reds in his career signifies that he could be vulnerable.

Tons of arms for Price to choose for, as the Reds are currently carrying 9 relievers for some reason. Here's hoping Mike Leake can play some 2B.

Go Reds!

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Bullpen Log

Reliever 7/6 7/7 7/8 7/9 7/10 5 day totals
Carlos Contreras

2.1, 44p

2.1 IP, 44 pitches
Logan Ondrusek

2.0, 18p

2.0 IP, 18 pitches
Sam LeCure
1.0, 15p

1.0, 14p 2.0 IP, 29 pitches
J.J. Hoover

2.0, 44p
2.0. 35p 4.0 IP, 79 pitches
Jonathan Broxton 1.0, 9p 1.0, 17p
1.0, 21p 1.0, 13p 4.0 IP, 60 pitches
Manny Parra

0.2, 13p 0.1, 7p 1.0, 13p 2.0 IP, 33 pitches
Aroldis Chapman

1.0, 20p 1.0, 15p 1.0, 21p 3.0 IP, 56 pitches
Curtis Partch
2.0, 18p 1.1, 21p

3.1 IP, 39 pitches
Jumbo Diaz

1.0, 13p
1.0, 17p

2.0 IP, 30 pitches