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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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Friday, April 27, 2007

Messed-up question, interesting answer

I meant to ask Jerry Narron if Victor Santos might be the eighth inning guy tonight.

Instead, I asked this: “Eighth inning tonight, might you use Stanton?”

Narron thought, of course, I was talking about using left-hander Mike Stanton against right-handers as well as left-handers, so he said:

“We might use Stanton. Left-hander, right-hander. I’ve got full confidence in Stanton when he’s out there. Last year, he went over to San Francisco and did a good job closing. That’s not say it’s in cement.”

Right-handers are hitting .200 off Stanton, lefties .250. He ERA is 4.91 but he had awful outing a mopup rule. If the Reds went with him as eighth inning guy -- no matter the matchup -- it would push everyone else back. Or they could use Stanton to close and David Weathers as the eighth inning guy.


--Todd Coffey's contract is for $925,000.

--Ken Griffey Jr. was out again, so Narron is running this one out this lineup:

Freel CF
Hatteberg 1B
Phillips 2B
Hamilton RF
Gonzalez SS
Dunn LF
Encarnacion 3B
Valentin C
Milton P


at 5:49 PM Blogger tom dunne said...

Hamilton, then Gonzalez, then Dunn? Heaven forfend that two power-hitting lefties bat consecutively. Gonzalez's career OPS is .686, and yet he's batting fifth for the Cincinnati Reds.

Stanton in the eighth is fine, but if he enters in the eighth, I'd like to see him pitch the eighth. In nine of his twelve trips to the mound this season, he's thrown less than ten pitches. He's allowing less than one baserunner per inning; don't warm him up just to use him on a single hitter...

at 6:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think they will start to use Santos in the 8th?

at 7:12 PM Blogger kingseyeland said...

I seriously think Narron makes his lineups with a dartboard.

at 7:20 PM Blogger Chris at Redleg Nation said...

I'd love to see him stick with roles for a day or two, anyway. Stanton's now the 8th-inning guy? Heck, four days ago he lost his job as primary lefty to Coutlangus. Then yesterday, Coffey was in there facing all the lefties in StL when the game was on the line.

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