Reds take on the Pirates tonight, with Oliver Perez taking the hill for the Bucs. I saw Perez pitch in Cincinnati last year, and he was outstanding. A very solid young pitcher who, despite his 9.60 ERA, is likely to pitch well tonight.

Have the Reds faced every good pitcher in the league already this season? Prior, Wood, Clemens, Pettitte, Oswalt, Pedro, Mulder. And we still have a winning record!

That’s called being optimistic, folks. Things are going to get better. Trust me.

4 Responses

  1. Heath

    yep, the pitching continues to get better over the weekend with the always entertaining – sometimes controversial Florida Marlins. The Reds get Dontrelle Willis & AJ Burnett – they get a reprieve of Brian Moehler instead of Beckett and Leiter.

    The Reds are playing host to the Dodgers in May. The probables for the LA Blues are Drysdale, Koufax, and Podres. :shock::mrgreen::!:

  2. Greg

    Kerry Wood and Mark Prior vs the Reds 5th and 6th starters and the Reds still come out of the series with a split.

    Perhaps these opposing pitchers are why so many Reds starters are in slumps?

    Another interesting note is that Larue is not in a slump…it has always seemed to me that he hits good pitchers better than weak pitchers.

    Any chance that the slumping Casey or Griffey have a night off with a lefty on the mound (so that Kearns can play?)

  3. Joel

    Casey vs. Perez – 2004:
    .500/.500/.625 (0 HR, 2 K)

    Dunn vs. Perez – 2004:
    .222/.300/.667 (1 HR, 5 K)

    Freel vs. Perez – 2004:
    .125/.300/.250 (0 HR, 2 K)

    Griffey vs. Perez – 2004:
    0 for 10, 5 K

    Jimenez vs. Perez – 2004:
    .250/.250/.400 (O HR, 2 K)

    Kearns vs. Perez – 2004:
    .167/.167/.667 (1 HR, 3 K)

    Larue vs. Perez – 2004:
    .222/.222/.778 (1 3B, 1 HR, 6 K)

    Pena vs. Perez – 2004:
    .222/.222/.222 (0 HR, 5 K)

    All stats are with 16 or fewer plate appearances, but it still doesn’t bode well for the home team. I do expect to see Casey in the lineup tonight, but Griffey should take the night off, IMO.

  4. Greg

    OK – CBS Sportsline has posted the starting lineups. Casey AND Griffey are on the bench. Dunn is at 1st and Freel is in LF. Lineup is
    Freel
    Jimenez
    Randa
    Dunn
    Pena
    Kearns
    Aurilia
    Larue
    Wilson

    Nice to see Dunn moving up in the lineup to 4th and having protection behind him in the lineup. Everyone in this lineup, except Dunn, can hit right-handed.