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3 game series vs Reds @ Minute Maid Park

Cincinnati Reds
@ Houston Astros

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2010, 7:05 PM CDT
Minute Maid Park

Aaron Harang vs Bud Norris

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing in from right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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Best word to describe the Reds this season? Surprising.

It's surprising that Scott Rolen is leading the team in home runs with five AND is hitting .283/.367/601.

It's surprising that Joey Votto was the National League's leader in steals up until recently.

It's surprising how bad Homer Bailey and Aaron Harang have been but that Mike Leake has actually been pretty good.

It's surprising that their outfield is hitting .196 collectively, even with super-prospects Drew Stubbs and Jay Bruce in it.

It's surprising that Francisco Cordero has saved seven of the team's eight games.

It's surprising that Micah Owings should be the team's second-best starting pitcher, but he hasn't started a game yet. He does, however, lead the bullpen in innings pitched with 11.

It's surprising how many pitchers on their staff have ERAs above five (Bronson Arroyo, Johnny Cueto, Harang, Bailey, Logan Ondresuk and Nick Masset).

It's surprising Dusty Baker still has a job.

It's surprising that an infield which boasts three Gold Glovers (Rolen, Brandon Phillips, Orlando Cabrera) and a pretty athletic first baseman (Votto) can be negative-7 in defensive runs saved to this point. Probably a small sample size issue, but still...

Suffice it to say Cincinnati is an enigmatic team. They were almost swept by the San Diego Padres and WERE swept by Pittsburgh. At the same time, they split a four-game set with Florida and took two of three from the Dodgers. It's tough to say where this team will end up this season, but unless Stubbs, Phillips and Gomes or Bruce start hitting, it could be a long season.

Harang, who opposes Bud Norris tonight, has a BABiP of only .333, which isn't terribly unlucky. However, the 32-year old right-hander is on pace to give up nearly three more hits per nine innings than his career average (9.3). Harang's strikeout rate has dipped some, which could explain the rise in BABiP. Still, it's not a good sign for a struggling team.

The Astros will face Leake on Wednesday as Felipe Paulino tests the promising rookie. Leake, as you may have heard, skipped the minor leagues completely when he made the Reds rotation out of spring training. The Reds apparently wanted to get started on Baker's plan to make his arm fall off. Unsurprisingly, Leake has thrown into the seventh inning in all three of his starts but has topped 100 pitches just once.

Houston will wrap up the series on Thursday as Roy Oswalt will face Bronson Arroyo. The quirky 33-year old righthander has struggled this season, but his problem has mainly been his control. Arroyo is walking almost a batter more per nine innings than his career average, which tends to negate the slight bump in his strikeout rate he's seen this season. It should be the first time Oswalt has pitched against a guy without shutdown stuff. Hopefully, the Astros will oblige him with some runs.

I hit most of the high notes regarding the bullpen and offense, but I would point out that former Rice shortstop Paul Janish has started four games this season and played in five more. The 27-year old utility infielder broke through last season, playing in 90 games and getting 292 plate appearances. He's one of a couple of Rice products to come through the Reds system recently and keeps their Houston connection alive that dates back to Ryan Wagner getting drafted out of the University of Houston.


Bud Norris

#20 / Pitcher / Houston Astros

6-0

230

R

R

Mar 02, 1985



Aaron Harang

#39 / Pitcher / Cincinnati Reds

6-7

260

R

R

May 09, 1978



PS - That is a really creepy picture of Harang.


Lineup

Cincinnati Reds @ Houston Astros

04/27/10 7:05 PM CDT

Cincinnati Reds Houston Astros
Drew Stubbs - CF Michael Bourn - CF
Brandon Phillips - 2B Jeff Keppinger - 2B
Joey Votto - 1B Carlos Lee - LF
Scott Rolen - 3B Lance Berkman - 1B
Jay Bruce - RF Hunter Pence - RF
Orlando Cabrera - SS Geoff Blum - 3B
Jonny Gomes - LF J.R. Towles - C
Ryan Hanigan - C Tommy Manzella - SS
Aaron Harang - P Bud Norris - P


NL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
St. Louis 12 7 .631 0 Won 2
Chicago 10 10 .500 2.5 Won 4
Milwaukee 9 10 .473 3 Won 1
Houston 8 10 .444 3.5 Won 3
Cincinnati 8 11 .421 4 Won 1
Pittsburgh 7 12 .368 5 Lost 7

(updated 4.27.2010 at 3:35 PM CDT)



Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Felipe Paulino 3 5 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .600 .600 .800
Wandy Rodriguez 4 8 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .375 .375 .375
Bud Norris 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .333
Michael Bourn 17 58 11 19 4 0 0 2 11 11 8 1 .328 .435 .397
Jeff Keppinger 16 52 6 16 6 0 0 7 8 2 0 0 .308 .400 .423
Geoff Blum 13 34 3 10 2 1 0 3 1 2 0 0 .294 .314 .412
Pedro Feliz 17 65 4 17 5 0 1 10 0 8 1 1 .262 .265 .385
Lance Berkman 6 23 2 6 1 0 1 4 2 6 0 1 .261 .320 .435
Jason Michaels 10 16 3 4 1 0 2 5 0 4 0 0 .250 .250 .688
Humberto Quintero 10 29 3 7 0 0 1 2 1 7 0 0 .241 .267 .345
Tommy Manzella 14 48 1 11 1 0 0 3 0 11 0 0 .229 .260 .250
Chris Johnson 8 22 4 5 0 1 0 2 0 8 0 0 .227 .227 .318
J.R. Towles 11 32 3 7 2 0 1 6 1 8 0 0 .219 .265 .375
Hunter Pence 17 67 9 14 2 0 1 5 2 9 2 1 .209 .232 .284
Roy Oswalt 4 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .200 .333 .200
Carlos Lee 17 68 7 11 2 1 0 5 2 12 1 1 .162 .186 .221
Kazuo Matsui 10 29 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 .138 .138 .138
Brett Myers 4 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 .125 .125 .125
Cory Sullivan 15 18 1 2 0 1 0 2 1 4 0 0 .111 .158 .222
Jeff Fulchino 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Matt Lindstrom 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Brandon Lyon 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Tim Byrdak 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Samuel Gervacio 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Chris Sampson 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Brian Moehler 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Wilton Lopez 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

Pitching

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Chris Sampson 0-0 8 0 0 0 0 0 8.2 6 1 1 0 3 5 1.04 1.04
Roy Oswalt 2-2 4 4 0 0 0 0 26.0 21 8 7 3 5 21 2.42 1.00
Matt Lindstrom 0-0 9 0 0 0 6 0 9.0 10 3 3 1 1 10 3.00 1.22
Wandy Rodriguez 1-2 4 4 0 0 0 0 24.2 25 11 10 2 8 14 3.65 1.34
Tim Byrdak 1-0 9 0 0 0 0 0 7.1 5 3 3 1 3 3 3.68 1.09
Brett Myers 1-1 4 4 0 0 0 0 26.0 35 12 11 2 4 18 3.81 1.50
Brian Moehler 0-0 4 0 0 0 0 0 6.2 7 3 3 0 1 3 4.05 1.20
Bud Norris 1-1 3 3 0 0 0 0 12.2 13 8 6 0 9 17 4.26 1.74
Wilton Lopez 1-0 4 0 0 0 0 0 6.0 8 3 3 1 1 5 4.50 1.50
Felipe Paulino 0-2 3 3 0 0 0 0 16.2 16 14 11 0 10 11 5.94 1.56
Brandon Lyon 1-1 10 0 0 0 0 1 9.0 10 6 6 1 1 8 6.00 1.22
Samuel Gervacio 0-1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.1 2 2 1 0 0 2 6.75 1.50
Jeff Fulchino 0-0 7 0 0 0 0 0 6.0 7 5 5 2 1 6 7.50 1.33



Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Ryan Hanigan 11 26 3 12 3 0 1 7 3 3 0 0 .462 .533 .692
Mike Leake 3 7 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .429 .429 .429
Homer Bailey 4 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .400 .500 .400
Paul Janish 9 17 2 6 3 0 1 5 2 0 0 0 .353 .421 .706
Joey Votto 19 66 9 19 4 0 3 9 13 20 4 2 .288 .400 .485
Scott Rolen 15 53 14 15 2 0 5 8 7 5 0 1 .283 .367 .604
Laynce Nix 10 11 0 3 0 0 0 1 2 3 0 1 .273 .385 .273
Ramon Hernandez 13 40 3 10 2 0 0 4 6 7 0 0 .250 .348 .300
Chris Dickerson 18 41 9 10 1 1 0 0 1 17 3 0 .244 .262 .317
Orlando Cabrera 17 67 7 16 3 0 2 13 4 6 1 0 .239 .267 .373
Brandon Phillips 19 73 9 16 5 0 2 9 8 13 1 3 .219 .296 .370
Jonny Gomes 17 51 8 11 1 1 2 10 3 13 0 1 .216 .259 .392
Jay Bruce 19 65 10 14 3 1 3 8 7 16 2 0 .215 .288 .431
Johnny Cueto 4 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .200 .200 .200
Aaron Harang 4 6 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 .167 .167 .167
Juan Francisco 3 6 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 .167 .167 .167
Drew Stubbs 17 57 11 9 0 1 1 6 8 21 4 1 .158 .273 .246
Miguel Cairo 12 18 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 .111 .111 .111
Bronson Arroyo 4 9 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 0 .111 .111 .111
Micah Owings 7 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Francisco Cordero 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Arthur Rhodes 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Nick Masset 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Daniel Ray Herrera 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Mike Lincoln 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Logan Ondrusek 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Carlos Fisher 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

Pitching

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Carlos Fisher 0-0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0.00 2.00
Arthur Rhodes 1-1 8 0 0 0 0 0 7.2 2 1 1 1 2 9 1.17 .52
Daniel Ray Herrera 0-1 9 0 0 0 0 1 6.0 4 1 1 0 1 4 1.50 .83
Francisco Cordero 1-1 10 0 0 0 7 1 9.2 8 3 3 1 6 10 2.79 1.45
Mike Lincoln 1-0 8 0 0 0 0 0 10.0 7 4 4 1 4 8 3.60 1.10
Mike Leake 1-0 3 3 0 0 0 0 20.2 19 9 9 2 13 13 3.92 1.55
Micah Owings 2-0 7 0 0 0 0 0 11.0 9 5 5 1 5 13 4.09 1.27
Johnny Cueto 0-1 4 4 0 0 0 0 22.0 26 14 14 3 9 14 5.73 1.59
Homer Bailey 0-1 4 4 0 0 0 0 21.2 30 17 17 3 10 21 7.06 1.85
Bronson Arroyo 0-2 4 4 0 0 0 0 23.0 23 19 19 2 9 16 7.43 1.39
Aaron Harang 0-3 4 4 0 0 0 0 21.2 29 22 20 6 6 15 8.31 1.62
Logan Ondrusek 0-0 9 0 0 0 0 1 8.0 12 10 10 2 5 4 11.25 2.13
Nick Masset 2-1 9 0 0 0 0 0 8.0 14 11 11 2 6 13 12.38 2.50