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Reds at Cardinals, Game 3: Preview/Predictions Thread

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Game 3 despite no Game 2.

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Philadelphia Phillies Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals

2:15 PM ET

Bronson Arroyo vs. Mike Leake

A giant freight train of moisture has been rolling through the Missouri Valley all weekend, dropping enough rain in the process to cause both floods and the cancellation of Saturday’s would-be game between the Reds and Dirty Birds.

The forecast doesn’t look mightily better at the moment, but there’s hope that a baseball game sized window will open up at some point this afternoon to get the series finale in. At least, we sure hope so.

Bronson Arroyo will share the same mound with his former rotation mate, Mike Leake. The latter famously lived with the former for a time immediately after being Cincinnati’s 1st round pick in 2009, and Leake has since dedicated the last five years of his life to having hair as nice as Bronson’s. Leake has also been determined to have the single best year of his career, and his start to 2017 has been living up to those expectations. His 1.32 ERA and 316 ERA+ both are tops in the National League, but he’s struggled in 5 career games against his former club to the tune of a 5.64 ERA.

As for Arroyo, well, who the hell knows what to expect from him. He’s 40 years old, has a bionic elbow, and throws feathers, yet somehow seems to be evolving into a cromulent pitcher with each and every additional start. With him, the numbers truly get thrown out the window in favor of guile and Saturn Nuts.

Go Reds. Go the frickin’ go.