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    We're back to .500!

    The line-up swap seems to have been a great thing, and we're back to .500 with a sweep of Houston (including Roy Oswalt). Congrats, Redlegs. Let's go kill St. Louis.

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    Re: We're back to .500!

    I think the line-up swap needed to happen. Still, it's pitching that has made the difference in this win streak.

    Over the past 4 games, opponents have averaged 3 runs/game (4, 2, 4, and 2). The 4 games prior to the streak, teams scored an average of 8.5 runs/game. Over the 3 weeks prior to the current streak, Reds' pitchers held opponents to less than 5 runs only twice.

    While the offense seems to be coming around a LITTLE, we need pitching to improve if we're going to compete in this division.

    Oh, and I agree: Let's wipe out the Cards.

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    Re: We're back to .500!

    A series against the Astros could be a tonic for many teams this season. They're struggling mightily under a brand new manager.
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    Re: We're back to .500!

    Winning at least two out of three in St. Louis is a must. In previous seasons, the Reds would come off a good series against a random opponent and then head to St. Louis only to see the Cards beat them back into submission.

    That needs to change this weekend.
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    Yep, gotta credit the starters IMO. Since Bronson's previous outing, every starter has looked better this last outing. Cueto & Homer weren't great by any stretch, but both showed substantial improvement...just not results quite yet. So there ARE signs of life here folks. Toss into that the fact that it looks like Stubbs, Bruce & Phillips are all on the rebound from initial April slumps....things looking good. Of course, now we run into the NL team with the best record. D'oh!
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    Re: We're back to .500!

    FWIW, the Reds are +240 to win the series, while the Cards are -320. I'm hoping we don't get swept.

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    Re: We're back to .500!

    Quote Originally Posted by Unassisted View Post
    A series against the Astros could be a tonic for many teams this season. They're struggling mightily under a brand new manager.
    You still have to take care of business, see the Pirates series. The Reds play 36 (?) games against the Pirates and Astros. If they handle them well that could go a long way towards an exciting September.

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    Re: We're back to .500!

    Quote Originally Posted by _Sir_Charles_ View Post
    Yep, gotta credit the starters IMO. Since Bronson's previous outing, every starter has looked better this last outing. Cueto & Homer weren't great by any stretch, but both showed substantial improvement...just not results quite yet. So there ARE signs of life here folks. Toss into that the fact that it looks like Stubbs, Bruce & Phillips are all on the rebound from initial April slumps....things looking good. Of course, now we run into the NL team with the best record. D'oh!
    Couldn't agree more Sir Charles.

    Cueto and Bailey each showed me something against San Diego. I was at both games and each seemed to really find the strike zone early and often during the game.

    If you look at both starts, their struggles can be attributed to a couple bad pitches with runners on base. Cueto also brought his baserunning gaffe back out onto the mound with him. His pouting act needs to go if he is going be an above average ML starter.

    Personally, I'm looking forward to Sunday's match-up with Harang starting. It'll be interesting to see if last week's quality start was a product of Astros hitting or Harang actually turning it back around.

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    Re: We're back to .500!

    Quote Originally Posted by bucksfan2 View Post
    You still have to take care of business, see the Pirates series. The Reds play 36 (?) games against the Pirates and Astros. If they handle them well that could go a long way towards an exciting September.
    While that'll help in the quest for .500, it's not much help in the division race. The Cards, Cubs and Brewers should have just as many games against them.
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    Re: We're back to .500!

    Who will the starters be in the St. Louis series be?
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    Re: We're back to .500!

    Quote Originally Posted by Unassisted View Post
    While that'll help in the quest for .500, it's not much help in the division race. The Cards, Cubs and Brewers should have just as many games against them.
    Oh absolutely. But odds are one of those teams is going to put up a subpar record against the Astro's and Pirates. It happens all the time. IIRC the Reds last year put up a pretty good record against the Cards.

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    Re: We're back to .500!

    Who will the starters be in the St. Louis series be?
    Friday: Cueto vs. Penny

    Saturday: Homer vs. Lohse

    Sunday: Harangatang vs. (gulp!) Carpenter (OD all over again)

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    Re: We're back to .500!

    I will be thrilled with one victory out of this series. Not too hopeful, especially with it in StL. But Cyclone is right, if the Reds want to contend, they must win series like this.
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    Re: We're back to .500!

    I have a hard time saying anything is a "must win" when the season is barely a month old.

    Will it be a good sign? Yes. Will it be a good thing. Heck yeah. Will it make RZ happy? Darn tootin'. Will Prozac sales decline? Yup.

    But there is a lot of baseball to be played yet. Maybe in September we'll get into "must" wins.

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    Re: We're back to .500!

    Quote Originally Posted by bucksfan2 View Post
    You still have to take care of business, see the Pirates series. The Reds play 36 (?) games against the Pirates and Astros. If they handle them well that could go a long way towards an exciting September.
    Pirates are just such a horrible draw for us because of their lefty-heavy rotation... they just kill us.
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