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Reds vs. Nationals, Game 2: Preview and Predictions

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Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals @ Cincinnati Reds

Saturday, May 30, 2015
4:10 PM EDT
GABP

Raisel Iglesias vs. Gio Gonzalez

After last night's win against the Nats, we get a more intimidating pitching matchup facing Gio Gonzalez. Unlike Strasburg, who left yesterday's game in the second inning with what is now being described as "neck muscle tightness", Gonzalez has had good result this year, even though he's allowed a lot more hits than he usually does. He has done an excellent job of limiting home runs thus far, so it will be interesting to see how he does in Great American against the Reds, though our lineup has not done much damage against him, homer-wise or other-wise, in a limited sample size. Raisel Iglesias, meanwhile, will try to improve on his May 24 start, in which he allowed 2 earned runs and came out after only 3 innings and 84 pitches.

Brandon Phillips is back in the lineup today and is leading off, pushing Cozart back into the seven-hole, which is a little rough, given Cozart's three-hit night last night. Other than that, the lineup remains constant. As for the Nationals, switch hitting Jose Lobaton replaces Wilson Ramos at catcher for today's game, presumably to give Ramos a scheduled day off.

Go Reds! We live, we die, we live again!

Bullpen Log

Reliever 5/25 5/26 5/27 5/28 5/29 5 day totals
Aroldis Chapman 1.0, 20p 1.0, 27p

1.0, 12p 3.0, 59 pitches
Ryan Mattheus
0.1, 5p



0.1, 5 pitches
Burke Badenhop


1.1, 22p

1.1, 22 pitches
Jumbo Diaz 1.0, 18p 1.0, 16p

0.2, 13p 2.2, 47 pitches
Manny Parra


1.2, 20p

1.2, 20 pitches
Tony Cingrani 1.0, 16p
1.0, 15p
1.0, 33p 3.0, 64 pitches
J.J. Hoover



0.1, 5p 0.1, 5 pitches