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schmidty622
06-26-2009, 12:00 PM
Cincinnati 35-36 (Road: 18-19) at Cleveland 30-44 (Home: 16-19)

Fri, Jun 26 7:05 pm EDT

CIN: A. Harang (5-7, 3.66)
CLE: J. Sowers (1-5, 5.95)

Sat, Jun 27

CIN: H. Bailey (0-0, 12.46)
CLE: T. Ohka (0-1, 4.70)

Sun, Jun 28 1:05 pm EDT

CIN: M. Owings (4-8, 4.87)
CLE: D. Huff (3-2, 5.71)

schmidty622
06-26-2009, 12:02 PM
What are everyone’s projections for the second series in the Battle of Ohio?

I've got the Reds winning the first two games of the series to clinch the cup and then losing a close one on Sunday with Owings on the hill.

I think Bailey has a strong start but we've been burned by him before so I'm not too confident.

OesterPoster
06-26-2009, 12:17 PM
I'd look for Brandon Phillips to have a big game against Sowers. Historically, he has hit Sowers pretty hard. A couple other righties have hit him well too, including Ramon Hernandez and Gomes...who should be the DH or playing LF tonight. Gomes has faced Sowers 5 times and has a 1.000 OBP. 3 walks, 1 HBP, and a double. :)

schmidty622
06-26-2009, 12:19 PM
By BRETT HUSTON, STATS Writer

Joey Votto(notes) almost single-handedly carried the Cincinnati Reds to a victory in their latest game, a positive sign in his third game back after missing nearly a month.

Given the Cleveland Indians’ troubled pitching staff, seeing Votto back in the batter’s box has to be a frightening sight.

Votto will try to build upon his four-hit performance when the Reds visit Progressive Field on Friday night for the opener of a three-game set against the Indians, whose struggling stable of arms is quickly dropping them out of the AL Central race.

The Reds (35-36) went 8-13 while Votto was dealing with an extended bout of depression and anxiety. Cincinnati was averaging 4.6 runs before Votto left the team on May 29, but scored just 3.4 per game in the 21 he missed.

Votto came back Tuesday in his hometown of Toronto, but went 1 for 7 as the Reds totaled seven runs in a pair of losses. Cincinnati put up that many alone in Thursday’s finale, largely thanks to Votto going 4 for 5 with a homer and three RBIs in a 7-5 victory.

“It was nice feeling good without having to think about the problems I’ve been having,” Votto said. “I felt like (getting a hit Wednesday) was a good step and today was an even better step.”

The Reds hit just .217 with Votto out of the lineup, as opposed to .257 before he left the team in late May. They’re 10-6 when Votto has at least two hits.

“Everyone knows what he’s capable of. Getting four hits anytime is tough,” said outfielder Jay Bruce(notes), who’s hitting .213. “He’s a big part of our lineup and it’s good to have him back.”

One of Votto’s two-hit games came against Cleveland (30-44) last month. Votto had two homers and four RBIs in the Reds’ 7-6 loss to the Indians on May 23, only the second time they’d failed to beat Cleveland in the rivalry’s past 10 games.

The Indians aren’t coming into this series playing any better. They’ve lost eight of nine in interleague play, yielding 7.4 runs per game. Cleveland’s bullpen has been especially porous, blowing three saves while going 0-5 with a 7.91 ERA.

The bullpen again let manager Eric Wedge’s club down Thursday in Pittsburgh. Cliff Lee(notes) gave up two runs over seven innings, but Matt Herges(notes) allowed a run in the ninth as the Pirates escaped with a 3-2 win.

“You’ve got to make pitches, challenge these hitters and be more aggressive and make plays,” Wedge told the Indians’ official Web site. “There are a lot of things that have to happen to win a big league ballgame. That’s what we’re missing.”

The bullpen has often had to work extra when Jeremy Sowers(notes) (1-5, 5.95 ERA) has been on the mound. The left-hander has lasted six innings just once in seven starts, and he gave up six runs and seven hits over 4 1-3 innings Sunday in a 6-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

Sowers is 0-2 with an 8.55 ERA in four starts against the Reds. Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips(notes) is 4 for 10 with two homers and six RBIs versus Sowers.

Aaron Harang(notes) (5-7, 3.66) will counter for Cincinnati as he looks for his first win since May 25. He pitched well enough to get one Sunday against the White Sox, giving up three runs and striking out seven over seven innings, but lost 4-1.

Harang may have better luck in this matchup - he’s 3-1 with a 2.24 ERA in eight starts against Cleveland. Catcher Victor Martinez(notes) is hitting .133 (2 for 15) versus Harang.

davereds24
06-26-2009, 12:23 PM
Don't let Huff's ERA fool ya, he's been very solid lately. A win tonight is essential if we want to win this series.

texasdave
06-26-2009, 12:23 PM
Outside of Cliff Lee the Indians have regrettably poor starting pitching. Look at the numbers posted by Indians' starters with 7 or more games started. Have the womenfolk and children leave the room first.


Starter ERA
Lee 2.92
Pavano 5.80
Carmona 7.42
Huff 5.71
Sowers 5.95
Reyes 6.57

That is all kinds of ugly. The term "Mistake By The Lake" must be referring to Indians' starters in 2009. And isn't everyone glad the Reds will miss Cliff Lee in this series?

Reds' bats have a chance to get well in this series. I am predicting a sweep.

Shawn_RedsFan
06-26-2009, 12:25 PM
Get out the brooms.:cool:

Ghosts of 1990
06-26-2009, 12:40 PM
We'll win against Ohka and lose the other two against as bad of lefties as there are in the pros. Indians take two of three.

xavr1
06-26-2009, 02:11 PM
Call me crazy but I can see a sweep. Indians pitching is just terrible and maybe our bats our heating up at the right time. WIshful thinking?

schmidty622
06-26-2009, 02:19 PM
Call me crazy but I can see a sweep. Indians pitching is just terrible and maybe our bats our heating up at the right time. WIshful thinking?

I agree but I don't see a sweep. I don't think our bats are consistant enough and either Bailey or Owings will have a junker of a game.

Shawn_RedsFan
06-26-2009, 02:31 PM
We'll win against Ohka and lose the other two against as bad of lefties as there are in the pros. Indians take two of three.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_6JPrNHnRVZI/SW5WXZh6soI/AAAAAAAAC9E/zPAPSK8gqJo/s400/eat-crow.jpg Have fun, I'll be sure to call you out on it after the sweep sunda :p:

Newman4
06-26-2009, 10:29 PM
Well, they made Sowers look like Tom Glavine in his prime tonight. Same deal with Tallett from Toronto the other night.

schmidty622
06-27-2009, 11:24 AM
Pretty Pathetic night last night all around. Here's to Bailey coming up and having a nice start. I'll be interested to see his new pitch and if it can get big league hitters out.

Ghosts of 1990
06-27-2009, 12:26 PM
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_6JPrNHnRVZI/SW5WXZh6soI/AAAAAAAAC9E/zPAPSK8gqJo/s400/eat-crow.jpg Have fun, I'll be sure to call you out on it after the sweep sunda :p:

I wish I was wrong... but my Crow for you is already in the oven heating up while yours needs warming. :cool:

Shawn_RedsFan
06-27-2009, 06:55 PM
I wish I was wrong... but my Crow for you is already in the oven heating up while yours needs warming. :cool:


after the game last night, i knew this would be coming lol :(

I'll be at the game tomorrow no way we lose :cool:

Shawn_RedsFan
06-29-2009, 12:01 AM
Where you at JayBruce32 lol :D

mlh1981
06-29-2009, 12:04 AM
I thought that there would be more people there. Is this series losing steam, or is it just the fact that the Indians are having a terrible year, and the Reds are too average to inspire people to travel all the way across the state to see them?

foltza
06-29-2009, 04:54 PM
anyone know the win-loss in this series since interleague started?

scounts22
06-30-2009, 05:15 PM
I thought that there would be more people there. Is this series losing steam, or is it just the fact that the Indians are having a terrible year, and the Reds are too average to inspire people to travel all the way across the state to see them?

I was there Saturday and wondered the same thing. We went up last year and it was packed. I was very surprised at all the empty seats.