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Reds vs. Red Sox, Game 2: Preview and Predictions

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Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

CBoston Red Sox @ Cincinnati Reds

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Great American Ball Park

MIke Leake v. Anthony Ranaudo


Series finale against Boston. Mike Leake is on the hill for the Reds. Homer Bailey was supposed to take this start, but was skipped this time around due to elbow soreness.

Leake has been very good in his last few starts, but keep in mind those were against the Diamondbacks and the Marlins. He faced he Red Sox in Boston earlier this year, and gave up 2 runs in 7 innings, and shockingly enough, the Sox scored 2 runs in the 8th to win that game. I wonder where we've seen that before...

On the other side, a team trading their two top starting pitchers leaves opportunities for top prospects to get big league innings, which is how Anthony Ranaudo finds himself in Cincnnati today. Ranaudo will be making his second big league start, after giving up 2 runs in 6 against the Yankees in his debut. He's having one of the best seasons in AAA, though, with a 13-4 record and a 2.58 ERA in Pawtucket.

Go Reds! They're my favorite team!

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Bullpen Log

Reliever 8/8 8/9 8/10 8/11 8/12 5 day totals
Aroldis Chapman
1.0, 25p

1.0 IP, 25 pitches
Jonathan Broxton
1.0, 16p

1.0, 18p 2.0 IP, 34 pitches
Sam LeCure 1.0, 17p 0.2, 20p

1.2 IP, 37 pitches
Jumbo Diaz
1.1, 22p

1.0, 15p

2.1 IP, 37 pitches

Manny Parra

0.0 IP, 0 pitches
Carlos Contreras

0.0 IP, 0 pitches
J.J. Hoover 1.0, 18p
1.0, 18p

2.0 IP, 36 pitches