The Cincinnati Reds are currently 7.5 games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals
in the NL Central with just nine games remaining on their 2010 regular
season schedule. The Reds' magic number is now down to three. Heading into
San Diego for three games while the Cardinals visit Wrigley Field for the
weekend, the Reds will look to come home as NL Central Champions.
The Reds need to beat the Padres to improve their seeding in
the playoffs and they could be the team they meet in the first round. San
Diego has a 2-1 advantage in the season series from April. If the Reds
sweep, they would own that tiebreaker should they finished tied.
FRIDAY: Bronson Arroyo (16-10, 3.98) vs. Chris Young (1-0, 0.90) at
Arroyo's only start against the Padres this season was a three inning
nightmare on April 23. Allowing eight earned runs on eight hits, Arroyo
recorded two walks and no K's during an eventual 10-4 Cincinnati loss.
Arroyo's eleven career starts against San Diego have resulted in a 4-7
record and a 4.92 ERA. Chris Young has only faced the Reds once during his
career and it occurred on September 12, 2006. On that day, Young hurled five
innings and allowed three earned runs on two hits while receiving the
SATURDAY: Travis Wood (5-4, 3.43) vs. Jon Garland (14-12, 3.55) at
4:10pm on FOX
Travis Wood will be facing the Padres for the first time during his career
and will be attempting to force himself into the postseason rotation for the
Reds. Jon Garland has yet to face the Reds this season. When facing
Cincinnati during his career, Garland is 1-2 with a 4.58 ERA n three starts.
SUNDAY: Homer Bailey (3-3, 4.73) vs. Clayton Richard (13-8, 3.53) at
Like his teammate Travis Wood, Homer Bailey will be trying to impress his
superiors attempting to make the Reds' postseason rotation. During Bailey's
last ten starts, the Reds have gone 8-2 although Bailey only received two
wins. Bailey faced San Diego on April 25 this season and he pitched six
innings while allowing four runs on seven hits during a 5-4 Reds' victory.
In three career starts facing the Padres, Bailey is 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA.
Clayton Richard has received two no-decisions in as many career starts
against the Reds while posting a 6.48 ERA. The Padres are 5-5 during
Richard's last ten starts.