Roy Oswalt was scheduled to start this game. In fact, he was supposed to start yesterday's game, but the Astros juggled the rotation to give him a little extra time to rest the hamstring that's been bothering him.
But apparently that day wasn't enough and Oswalt has been scratched. The FSN guys said something about a back problem, probably a result of that hamstring issue.
In his place we'll see Fernando Nieve. It's a match-up that appears to favor the Reds, but isn't this just exactly the kind of situation where a kid rises up? This is the sort of thing that the Lizard himself would have done last season and shone.
On the other hand, the Reds have to be looking to make this an above-500 road trip. We'll see soon enough I guess. Freel's already flied out to get it going.