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4/22 Game Thread: Reds (11-6) at Brewers (8-9)

Well, 3-1 against the Reds ain't gonna happen. Last night, Bronson Arroyo just outpitched Ben Sheets who, it should be repeated, pitched very, very well himself. As a matter of fact, he fulfilled my every prophecy. And he didn't walk anybody.

Now we're stuck fighting for a split at home. Dave Bush starts for us, coming off a solid start in Houston. Like Tomo Ohka, Bush has been up and down--let's hope that doesn't mean Bush will have to be down this start. Opposing is Brandon Claussen, also following a strong outing. On the 17th against the Marlins, Claussen threw 7 shutout innings with 7 strikeouts.

The Brewers are now 1-5 in their last six games. I'm fighting the urge to get really worried. It all seems to boil down to this:

  • Pro: we've lost a bunch of games, but they've all been close.

  • Con: we've lost a bunch of close games.
That's a little simplistic, but you get the idea. We've gotten great performances from some of our starters and nice pick-me-ups from occasional bullpen contributors. Despite last night's vacation, you can't blame our offense, however you might groan whenever Bill Hall or Rickie Weeks swings and misses. I'd really, really like to write this week off to bad luck, and watch the Brewers start a new tear...well, at 1:05 CT today.

I'll post the starting lineups as soon as I see them, but I won't be watching the game; I'll be watching this. See, I thought it was a night game today when I bought these tickets. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

Update [2006-4-22 13:17:20 by Jeff]: Interesting thing about these lineups: if you swap the corner outfielders, the positions are in the same order.

Starting Lineups
Reds Brewers
Ryan Freel - CF Brady Clark - CF
Felipe Lopez - SS JJ Hardy - SS
Adam Dunn - LF Geoff Jenkins - RF
Austin Kearns - RF Carlos Lee - LF
Scott Hatteberg - 1B Prince Fielder - 1B
Edwin Encarnacion - 3B Bill Hall - 3B
Brandon Phillips - 2B Rickie Weeks - 2B
Jason LaRue - C Damian Miller - C
Brandon Claussen - P Dave Bush - P

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