Big series starts tonight, as the first-place Cardinals come to town to play the upstart Reds. I know people keep saying, “It’s early!”…but it’s really not early anymore. We’re five weeks into the season, and pretty soon, the Reds will have played a full 20% of their 2009 games.
All that means is that, while there are no must-win series in May (for a team positioned like the Reds), winning two or three games this weekend would be a huge boost. Unfortunately, Joey Votto isn’t playing again tonight, so the Reds are playing with one hand tied behind their back (full lineup in the extended entry below; it’s the same lineup as last night).
Johnny Cueto has been lights-out lately, and he’ll pitch before what should be a great crowd at GAB, if the rain doesn’t depress attendance. I will be there tomorrow and Sunday, but tonight I’m with you, hanging out in the game thread.
While you’re watching, listen to the latest podcast. C’mon, admit it…you’d rather listen to my voice than George Grande’s, anyway.