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Reds at Giants, Game 1 - Preview and Lineups

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The Reds have only been out on the West Coast, and in the San Francisco Bay Area, for three days, but this’ll be eighth time they’ll take on one of those two teams. They’ll start another weekend series with the Giants tonight after just hosting them over the last weekend (and into Monday, for some reason).

Luis Castillo is taking the bump for the Reds in this one, his second straight start against San Fran. He was absolutely dominant in that start just five days ago, right up until Buster Posey’s sixth inning home run. The Reds would lose that game late, of course, because the Reds lose close games and late.

Still, if Castillo has that type of game working, he won’t have to worry about the bandbox of Great American Ball Park to give it all up in a hurry. It’s not to say that the Giants can’t hit home runs in their own park, it’s just that Posey’s HR in that last Castillo outing wouldn’t have been a dinger in AT&T Oracle Park.

Okay some of the Reds home runs from that series won’t be home runs there, either, sure. We’re talking about Luis Castillo’s performance here, okay?

Dereck Rodriguez will go for the Giants, himself making he second straight start against the Reds. It can’t really go any worse for him tonight; he allowed a career-high eight runs against Cincinnati last time out.

He’s capable (I think), but his last start at Oracle yielded only 3 IP and 6 R (4 ER) against the Yankees back on April 28th. With the Reds offense looking the way it has looked for, um, well the entire season, this’ll probably be the game Rodriguez settles down and shuts ‘em down.

I don’t like thinking that, and that’s not what the preview thread is for, damnit.

Jesse Winker is back today, so that’s really cool. He’s been dealing with a strained quad

Go Reds.

Reds lineup

Giants lineup