Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals Game Thread – 08/27/2013


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Tonight, we’re going to try something new. It’s called a “game thread.”

For those of you who don’t know what that is, don’t be scared! I promise it won’t hurt, and it even has the potential to be a lot of fun.

It works like this:

1. I write a little blurb about the upcoming game for you to read.

2. You read it, and proceed to watch the game (hopefully) a little bit more informed.

3. We all make comments about the game during the game in the comment section below the article.  Talk about whatever you want in real-time.

Ultimately, the idea is to give poor people (like myself) who live too far away from St. Louis to have any other friends watching the game an opportunity to discourse with other Cardinal fans. So if you’re missing a good conversation about the Cards, look no further!

This is an experiment: for the next two months (because the Cardinals will be playing through October), we’ll have a thread for every game. If it goes well, we’ll continue it next year! So if you like the idea, please comment!

Now for part 1:

Tonight, the Cardinals’ other other ace, Joe Kelly, takes the mound against Cincinnati’s Matt Latos. The match up looks to be a good one.

Kelly has been phenomenal this season, pitching to a 5-3 record with a 3.01 ERA. Since earning a permanent spot in the rotation, he’s posted a 2.06 ERA while going 5-0. And he keeps getting better: since the All-Star Break, he’s had a 1.80 ERA and a 4-0 record. He has pitched better than any other Cardinal starter since the break.

Latos has been outstanding as well. This season, he has a 13-4 record and a 2.93 ERA. Much like his counterpart, Latos has been phenomenal since the break, going 5-1 with a stellar 1.47 ERA. In the month of August his ERA drops to 0.89.

Kelly has been good thus far, but Latos has been better. That said, the Cardinals are on a hot streak and it looks like they may be unstoppable. If Kelly can match Latos for six or seven innings, then St. Louis has a very legitimate shot at winning this game.

Alright, now for part three: leave your comments below and enjoy the game! Go Cards!!!