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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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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Lineup shakeup

Jerry Narron is going to run this lineup out against the Cardinals today:

Freel CF
Phillips 2B
Conine 1B
Griffey RF
Gonzalez SS
Castro 3B
Ross C
Hopper LF
Lohse P

The Cardinals are throwing lefty Randy Keisler.

"Get a little energy on the field and see what happens with it," manager Jerry Narron said. "We're not exactly killing left-handed pitching."

The Reds, in fact, enter today exactly 2-6 vs. lefties.

The difference in the lineup really is Norris Hopper for Adam Dunn in left and Juan Castro for Edwin Encarnacion at third. Jeff Conine has started every game vs. a lefty.

I asked Narron if there was a point where the Reds have to go get someone at Louisville in the wake of the bullpen meltdown.

"There is," he said. "The thing about our bullpen is we have guys with basically the same kind of stuff. We don't have anyone who throws in the mid-90s or above."

Jared Burton and Brad Salmon, both at Louisville, do. As does a guy named Homer Bailey. Gary Majewski doesn't throw that hard, but he has a good track record when he's healthy. My guess is Victor Santos gets the next turn in the eighth-inning, right-handed role.

The Reds have allowed 20 runs in the eighth inning in 21 games. They've scored seven. That's not very good.


at 12:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm mor conserned with the offense. Where is it going to come from today. The last 4 guys in the order are hitting 95 cents, a buck 30 and zip and a buck 67. Heck, Kyle Lohse has the best average.

Time to make some moves. Send Ross to AAA to work on his stroke and let Javier catch regularly. Release Juan Castro and recall Jeff Keppinger.

at 12:48 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Hopper hit .571 vs. lefties last year. That's why he's in. I like Javier Valentin but his catchers' ERA is 5.37. Ross' is 3.15. Base-stealers are 8-for-8 against Valentin and 2-for-6 vs. Ross.

at 12:51 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great, but if we lose this game 1-0 It sure won't matter.

Right now, noone is hitting so I guess it doesn't matter who is out there!

at 12:55 PM Anonymous The Dude said...

I don't disagree with the idea, but you can't send Ross to AAA, he's tenured in that respect. Of course you can't have Valentin in their either,you want his bat right now but you don't want his glove, I don'think he's very baseball smart. 2 ERA higher when he's behind the plate.

I'm glad to see Dunn out of the lineup. Really tired of the strike outs. I'm surprised Hamilton isn't in there.

My proposed line up:


at 1:07 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

How long do you go with a guy who isn't hitting, though? Ross is on pace for 150 Ks. Combine that with Dunn, who is on pace for 220 Ks and I see ^th place in the division.

Drastic times call for drastic measures.

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