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Reds at Pirates, Game 3: Preview and Predictions

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Andy Lyons

CCincinnati Reds @ Pittsburgh Pirates

Sunday, August 31, 2014
PNC Park

Johnny Cueto v. Francisco Liriano


In the immortal words of Ron "Meta World Peace" "The Pandas Friend" Artest, "Happy Labor Day . . . Enjoy it." Of course, it isn't Labor Day yet (then again, it wasn't Labor Day when Ron-Ron first wished this), so the Reds have one more chance to add to their one run loss total for 2014 while still wearing post-game whites. Today, they will be going for the 1-0 variety as Johnny Cueto takes the mound. I was going to provide some research on historical match ups between Cueto and Francisco Liriano, but I didn't want to totally bum people out about it. So, in lieu of this, here are a few musings that should prepare your mind for this game:

- Between the two best hitters on the Reds, there are one good pair of knees.

- Johnny Cueto's performances, although mesmerizing, are closely approaching the point where he is playing himself out of any possibility of the Reds being able to afford re-signing him.

- The most interesting discussion on this website the past fortnight has involved Ryan LaMarre.

- Local media outlets have begun to use their column inches reserved for the Reds for Pete Rose navel gazing.

- Although it seems like 120, Skip Schumaker, and his sub-.600 OPS, has only appeared in 80 games.

- Kristopher Negron is daring us to give him 300 at bats in 2015.

- Ramon Santiago's birthday present is hitting eighth in a lineup where he has the highest OBP.

- It's the end of August, and the Reds are only four games ahead of the Cub. The CUBS.

- When September call ups begin, we will have to complain how they are given Gerald Laird-style  playing time.

- If the baby is placed under the basket one more time, we will likely be investigated for child abuse or neglect.

Go Reds! Or I'll be forced to call 241-KIDS!

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Bullpen Log

Reliever 8/26 8/27 8/28 8/29 8/30 5 day totals
Aroldis Chapman
1.0, 22p

1.0 IP, 22 pitches
Jonathan Broxton
1.0, 19p
1.0, 12p
2.0 IP, 31 pitches
Sam LeCure 0.2, 7p

0.2 IP, 7 pitches
Jumbo Diaz

1.0, 21p
1.0, 12p

2.0 IP, 33 pitches

Manny Parra

0.0 IP, 0 pitches
Pedro Villarreal

2.0, 22p

2.0 IP, 22 pitches
Logan Ondrusek 1.0, 16p
1.0, 8p

2.0 IP, 24 pitches
Daniel Corcino 1.0, 10p

1.0 IP, 10 pitches