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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Krivsky in Louisville. . .

Talked to Wayne Krivsky a bit ago for my off-day story. He's in Louisville.

He quickly added that it was scheduled trip. "Don't read anything into it."

So it looks like the club won't do anything in the wake of the 2-5 homestand that was somewhere between horrendous and abysmal. There aren't a lot of options right-handed hitting options at Louisville, and that's what the Reds need. Jeff Keppinger? Jeff Bannon? Nice players, but not the kind of guys you bring up and play every day.

There are pitching options. Homer Bailey's throws Wednesday, I believe. Brad Salmon would add a live arm. Phil Dumatrait has been dominating.

I am surprised that the Reds can't convince Philadelphia to take back Rheal Cormier. The Phils one lefty in the 'pen, Matt Smith, has like eight walks and one strikeout. One of those live arms at Louisville would do the Reds more good than Cormier at this point.


at 6:25 PM Anonymous RickNMd said...

I thought for sure that the Phillies would take Cormier with them when they departed town.

That's probably why I should not think too hard and be so sure.

at 8:04 PM Blogger Chris at Redleg Nation said...

It doesn't make sexy copy, but the real story here is "small sample size." Guys don't suddenly - and permanently - forget how to hit. We don't know anything more than we did on Opening Day, and making a move based on three weeks of data would be a textbook example of poor decision-making.

It appears that Krivsky may have learned his lesson from last year: A panic-induced move causes more harm than good.

(Though I'll certainly include "Cormier is useless" on the list of Things That Haven't Changed Since April 2).

at 8:39 PM Blogger Dan H said...

The Reds only options with right handed hitters are for Encarnacion and Phillips to break out of their slumps,which I feel will happen. Ross looks completely lost at the plate. John, what is your take on Ross defensively? While he may call an OK game, his play while attempting to make putouts at the plate leaves much to be desired. I can't remember the last time he got an out on a throw to home. The Reds do miss Larue defensively. Its a long season,patience until about mid-May when all the dust settles (good & bad) should define where this club stands. However, the Reds can't fall too far behind on this road trip against teams from the NL Central. This is one important road trip (no worse than 5-5 and hopefully 7-3)!

at 1:51 AM Blogger Chris at Redleg Nation said...

I can think of at least 6-7 balls Ross dropped at the plate last year, and at least 1 so far. He does seem have a weakness on that play, and that has to be frustrating as heck to the guys throwing the ball.

at 9:29 AM Anonymous brian said...

As today's (Tues.) online poll suggests, several things to be frustrated about so far, but how about defense? I was at Sunday's game and it was embarassing.

at 9:40 AM Blogger ScottyJ said...

Speaking of moves, has Wayne Krivsky (or anyone in the organization) ever considered trying Todd Coffey as a starter?

After his 2 shaky appearances during the homestand, it occured to me that Todd may not have the mindset of a short reliever. He's got great stuff and at times looks very good, but I think he tends to let things unravel on him VERY quickly after one or two iffy sequences. As a starter, you have the time (innings) to work yourself out of situations that relievers simply don't have. In other words, greatly reducing the "panic factor" associated with short relief or closing.

Any thoughts/comments on the subject, John?

at 10:38 AM Blogger SolarAl said...

John, is there a file somewhere you could link too concering options rules (how they are developed, when they disappear, all those things)?
I would love to see Ross &/or EE sent down for a week to work on their swing. In the meantime you would not be hurt by Moeller & Valentin sharing the load ad Freel at third, giving Griffey, Hamilton and Dunn the outfield (not that Griffey is healthy). At least it would be good to know if EE & Ross have options (what ever they are).

at 11:23 AM Blogger Brad said...

I'm sure Phils don't want to pay the new contract that the Reds gave Frenchie.

at 1:27 PM Blogger Pat said...

If we send Ross down, the starting pitching will suffer. They do better when he's calling the game.

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