8.17.10 BY:MEH WHACKING DAY
NEXT NINE FOR REDS ON
WICKED WEST COAST
After being handed a sweep by
the St. Louis Cardinals and falling a game behind them in the NL Central
standings, the Cincinnati Reds handed the Florida Marlins three straight
defeats and placed themselves, once again, ahead of the Cardinals in first
place. Now sixteen games above the .500 mark (67-51), the Reds are heading
dreaded West Coast for nine consecutive road games.
The first three games will be against the last place Snakes (47-72) at Chase
Field in Arizona beginning on Tuesday. The Reds have not faced the
Diamondbacks this season, but swept Arizona during last season's trip to
Chase field and have a 5-1 record there in the last two seasons.
TUESDAY: Bronson Arroyo (12-7, 3.94) vs. Daniel Hudson (4-1, 3.52) at
Bronson Arroyo will be making his 25th start of the season against the
D-backs on Tuesday night. Arroyo has not faired well against Arizona in the
past. In six career starts, Arroyo has notched three losses and received
just one win while posting a 5.23 ERA.
Daniel Hudson will be making his fist career start against the Reds in just
his fourth start for Arizona after being traded from the Chicago White Sox
for Edwin Jackson on July 30. Hudson went 1-1 for Chicago this season in
three starts, but has gone undefeated in his first three starts (22.2IP,
13H, 4ER, 17K, 1.59ERA) with his new team.
WEDNESDAY: Edinson Volquez (3-1, 4.25) vs. Rodrigo Lopez (5-11, 4.93)
In Edinson Volquez's only career start against the Arizona Diamondbacks on
September 13, 2008, he pitched six innings and allowed two earned runs on
five hits while striking out eight during a 3-2 Reds victory.
Rodrigo Lopez has faced the Reds four times during his nine major league
seasons (1-0, 6.32). Lopez is tied with Tampa Bay's James Shields for most
homeruns allowed (28) in all of baseball.
THURSDAY: Travis Wood (3-1, 2.65) vs. Joe Saunders (7-12, 4.48) at
Since the Reds have not yet faced the Snakes this season, neither has rookie
left-hander Travis Wood. Optioned to Louisville August 9th making room for
Jim Edmonds on the Reds' roster, Wood will return to the Reds rotation on
Thursday. During Wood's first eight major league starts this season (3-0 on
the road), the Reds have won six, outscoring their opponents 52-18. Both
being 1-0 defeats, the Reds have lost only two games this season with Wood
on the mound.
Joe Saunders was acquired by the Diamondbacks from the Anaheim Angels in the
Dan Haren trade and will be making his first career start against the
Cincinnati Reds on Thursday. Saunders was 6-10 in twenty starts for the
Angels earlier this season and is 1-2 in four starts, so far in Arizona.
During Saunders' past two starts against Washington and San Diego, he
allowed ten runs on eighteen hits in twelve innings of work.
"It's always a tough trip - but I believe in the law of
Dusty Baker said.
"We're due to win some games out there and we're going to take it one day at