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Reds at Orioles, Game 1: Preview and Predictions

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Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

CCincinnati Reds @ Baltimore Orioles

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Camden Yards

Mat Latos v. Bud Norris


The quest for Cub Supremacy starts now.

That's right, for the next month, the Reds shouldn't even be thinking about the postseason. Playoffs? No, the Reds should concentrate on finishing above the Cubs in the division, and only that.

Give innings and ABs to some of the 10 new Reds joining the team today, sure. But let's not lose sight of the goal here. Beat the Cubs.

The Reds will try to extend their lead against the Cubs today with Mat Latos on the mound. Latos struck out a season-high 10 in his last outing, and will look to continue that against the O's.

He'll face Bud Norris, who the Reds haven't seen since the Astros were in the National League. He's having a perfectly decent season so far.

With the off day and extra relievers, the bullpen should be rested and ready.

Go Reds!

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Bullpen Log

Reliever 8/28 8/29 8/30 8/31 9/1 5 day totals
Aroldis Chapman

1.0, 14p
1.0 IP, 14 pitches
Carlos Contreras

0.0 IP, 0 pitches
Sam LeCure

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, 8p

1.0 IP, 8 pitches
Daniel Corcino

0.0 IP, 0 pitches
Ryan Dennick

0.0 IP, 0 pitches
J.J. Hoover

0.0 IP, 0 pitches