Games 48-50: vs. CHC

I am not scheduled to work the Reds-Cubs series but will back on the job Monday/Memorial Day when the Reds host the Indians.

Please be sure to check out Reds.com/MLB.com as our new associate reporter, Jeremy Warnemuende, will be covering everything this weekend while I am out. Jeremy got started during the last homestand when the Brewers were in town. He will be helping me the rest of the season during home games.

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Does that mean he gets to (or is it, has to) talk to Marty in the top of the second?

By Tim Brown; Yahoo
The rankings (records through Wednesday):

St. Louis#1. St. Louis Cardinals (30-16; Previous: 2) – Man City to play Chelsea in an exhibition at Busch III. La Russa suggests batting goaltender eighth.
Texas#2. Texas Rangers (30-17; Previous: 3) – When Pierzynski had to go to disabled list, police had difficulty narrowing list of suspects.
Atlanta#3. Atlanta Braves (28-18; Previous: 5) – New clubhouse thing is T-shirts that read “Suffer in Silence.” Better than original idea: “Suffer in Succotash.”
New York#4. New York Yankees (28-18; Previous: 9) – Yankees reveal mix-up: Rivera not technically retiring, he’s being promoted to higher league.
Cincinnati#5. Cincinnati Reds (29-18; Previous: 12) – Chapman reportedly gorges self on pastries, then blows save, loses game. Apparently couldn’t resist that creamy Phillie-ing.

Marshall goes on DL; Parra returns from rehab.

Today’s matchup…
Travis Wood, LHP
4-2, 2.24 ERA
Wood has been nothing but consistent this year, becoming the first Cubs starter to open the season with at least nine straight quality starts since Mordecai Brown did so in 1908. The lefty held the Reds to two runs in 6 1/3 innings on April 22.
Homer Bailey, RHP
2-3, 3.09 ERA
Bailey started out a little rocky vs. the Phillies on Sunday and gave up several rockets. He was fortunate that they were outs. But he settled into a nice groove and tossed seven scoreless innings in a hard-luck no-decision.

Always liked Travis. But, as they say, you have to give up good to get good.

Do ya think that when Mordecai came off the mound after that tenth start back in ’08 that someone pointed out that his streak of quality starts was over? Man, what a bummer that must have been.

You raise an interesting question; a sports writer actually created the ‘quality start’ back in 1985. However it can obviously be extrapolated if statistics are available. But here is the list of QS pitchers with a dash of statistical dominance: (I think it is telling)
The highest “quality start” percentage for a given season was recorded by Dwight Gooden, who had 33 of them in 35 games in 1985. Bob Gibson was 32-for-34 in 1968.
Since 1950, and through June 2011, the overall leaders by percentage are:
1.Tim Lincecum (101 of 139, 72.7%)
2.Tom Seaver (454 of 647, 70.2%)
3.Adam Wainwright (83 of 119, 69.7%)
4.Mel Stottlemyre (247 of 356, 69.4%)
5.Roy Oswalt (216 of 316, 68.4%)
6.Josh Johnson (77 of 113, 68.1%)
7.Bob Gibson (328 of 482, 68%)
8.Roy Halladay (226 of 338, 66.9%)
9.Félix Hernández (127 of 190, 66.8%)
10.Randy Johnson (403 of 603, 66.8%)

Well, Neb, I was obviously more than a little “tongue in cheek” with my comment. I’m not a big fan of the quality start stat, and I think the list you provided gives credence to my beliefs. According to it, you would certainly think Mel Stottlemyre would be in the Hall Of Fame, being ranked ahead of people like Randy Johnson and Bob Gibson. I probably saw at least half of Mel’s starts through the years, and he was the epitome of what a guy who does well in this category was like. Steady, strong enough to go deep into games, but seldom dominant. In fact, I dare say that by today’s standards, he wouldn’t be considered a # 1 on a lot of staffs, that position usually going to guys who have the stuff to throw a no-hitter on any given night.
Thanks for providing the info, though.

Today’s lineup…
Cubs
David DeJesus CF
Starlin Castro SS
Anthony Rizzo 1B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Nate Schierholtz RF
Welington Castillo C
Luis Valbuena 3B
Darwin Barney 2B
Travis Wood P
Reds
Shin-Soo Choo CF
Zack Cozart SS
Joey Votto 1B
Brandon Phillips 2B
Jay Bruce RF
Todd Frazier 3B
Derrick Robinson LF
Ryan Hanigan C
Homer Bailey P
Gametime: 4:10PM ET

Play Ball!

By Hal McCoy…
THE REDS ARE 31-18 and are following a familiar path. The last three Reds teams to have 30 or more wins after 50 games all made the post-season — 2010 (30-20, Division champs), 1995 (31-19, Division champs), 1990 (34-16, World Series champs).
The Reds are 19-2 when Paul starts.

Chicago Cubs:
1. CF: David DeJesus
2. SS: Starlin Castro
3. 1B: Anthony Rizzo
4. LF: Alfonso Soriano
5. RF: Nate Schierholtz
6. C: Welington Castillo
7. 3B: Luis Valbuena
8. 2B: Darwin Barney
9. SP: Matt Garza
Cincinnati Reds:
1. CF: Shin-Soo Choo
2. SS: Zack Cozart
3. 1B: Joey Votto
4. 2B: Brandon Phillips
5. RF: Jay Bruce
6. 3B: Todd Frazier
7. LF: Xavier Paul
8. C: Ryan Hanigan
9. SP: Johnny Cueto
Gametime: 1:10 PM/ET

Matt Garza, RHP
0-0, 0.00 ERA
Garza was limited to 80-90 pitches in his ’13 debut, his first start since July 21. He looked sharp over five innings, giving up one hit and striking out five. His fastball hit 95 mph on the gun.

Johnny Cueto, RHP
2-0, 3.22 ERA
Returning from the DL in his first start since April 13, Cueto had command issues vs. the Mets on Monday with four walks in the first three innings. After a three-run homer by Marlon Byrd, Cueto found himself and retired his final eight in a row.

Bronson Arroyo is 5-4, 3.39 ERA, 66.1 IP, 1.13 WHIP. What is nearly unbelievable is that Bronson has never missed a regularly scheduled start. Not for the year, but for his entire career, dating back to little league. In other words, he has never, ever missed a start in his entire baseball life. Very impressive. You would have thought that the flu would have interrupted that incredible record, let alone an injury of some sort.

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