July 18, 2012

Reds win without Votto

Last Game
A strong outing from Johnny Cueto and a 3-run home run from Ryan Ludwick were too much for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Reds win 0-4.

Next Game
The third of the four-game series between the Reds and the Diamondbacks is tonight at 7:10 p.m. Mat Latos (7-2, 4.10 ERA) takes the hill against Ian Kennedy (6-8, 4.55 ERA). Both pitchers have the potential for greatness but have had up-and-down seasons and are coming off rough outings.

Right Handers Everywhere
Joey Votto had his (successful) arthroscopic knee surgery yesterday, and Jay Bruce was out of the line-up for a routine day off after he didn’t really get an All Star break. That left the Reds’ line-up devoid of left-handers, and, lo, there was a righty on the mound.

Even if you didn’t care about the match-ups, just the sheer number of left-handed hitters and switch-hitters in baseball makes that seem pretty surprising. And, in fact, it is quite unusual. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the last time a team started an all-right-handed line-up against a right-handed pitcher was over 7 years ago, April 22, 2005 when the Astros did it against the Cardinals’ Jason Marquis.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
Arthroscopic surgery, the kind that Votto had done on his knee yesterday, is most often an outpatient procedure. It can be performed using general, spinal, regional, or local anesthetic, and if the local anesthetic is used, there may be no pain immediate after the procedure. After the procedure, the patient is left with several quarter-inch long incisions on either side of the joint.

Source: MedicineNet.com

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