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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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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Not a good day in Redsland

Watched most of the game on the tube today (Godfather was on Spike at same time). Not a good homestand for the Redlegs at all.

I'm sure fans would like to see something done. I don't see any solutions in the minors. The prospects closest to majors are starting pitchers. And, other than today, the starting pitching's been good. I'd expect some sort of move Monday, although I have no clue what it'll be.

This club can be competitive in the NL Central, but I don't think it's good to overcome a horrible April. And given the crowds this weekend, I don't think Bob Castellini will sit idly by and watch the club fade.

Went to the game Saturday. Paid $10 to a scalper for a bad seat to avoid the lines. Ended up sitting the right field seats with some friends. I love that view of the game.

Happened to bump into Steve Stewart as he was leaving the Cincinnati Bell Steamboat Deck (or whatever it's called). Got the Bad Boy tour. It's outstanding. View of the game reminded me of Wrigley roof top. Great view of the river and Northern Kentucky.


at 6:56 PM Blogger icee82 said...

The Reds' offense is really anemic which is surprising taking into consideration all of the firepower, i.e. Dunn, Griffey, Hamilton, Encarnacion, etc. They just seemingly are unable to muster any clutch hits. I do not think that trading Adam Dunn is the answer to this situation. Do you think that moving Hamilton to center and Freel to third might shake up things?

at 7:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay-it's certainly not time to give up on the Reds but the season is 1/8 over now-sure the bullpen has been awful and the emergence of Hamilton has been wonderful to watch.
But somethings don't change-or do they-the Reds have played 19 games-Adam Dunn has batted officially 70 times and has struck out 27 times-that's almost 40% of the time-even if you count his walks (which I guess you should), he's struck out
34% of the time. Right now he's on
track to strike out approximately 215 times-I thought he worked on his swing and was trying to cut down on strike outs-The good news for the Reds is that they don't have to look too far to find what's wrong-ain't much changed since last year

at 8:18 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure I understand this... You get paid to cover the Reds, yet you watch the game on TV??? I suppose this is good work if you can get it.

at 11:22 AM Blogger John Fay said...

I wasn't working Sunday. I generally take Saturday and Sunday off when the Reds are home. That's pretty much the rule around baseball. The days of beat writers covering 162 games are a thing of the past.

at 12:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jerry Narron seems like a good person but I wonder if he can be tough on his team when he needs to. Seems like we are back in the same old style that we labored in last year - poor bullpen, sloppy defense, no clutch hitting.

Just wondering out here in Anderson about the man at the top... Maybe he needs to toss some bases around and get ejected...

at 1:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dunn is a black hole in the lineup. If he comes up with the bases empty and the outcome already decided, he'll probably homer. Outside of that..ugh. Does anyone know what percentage of the time he strikes out with men on base? It's got to be in the 60s or 70s.

If I were Krivsky, I'd package Dunn, Cormier and a prospect for the best pitcher(s) I could get my hands on. Then I send Edwin down until he finds his swing again. Freel goes to third. Conine to left. Josh to center. Hatteberg plays first everyday and Javy gets 85% of the starts behind the plate. You improve the pitching and the lineup, bada bing, bada boom.


at 4:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

As Frustrating Dunn’s strikeouts are, you CAN NOT trade him. He is the best offensive player on this team,. Although he has 27K’s he also LEADS the team in Slugging %, OPS, Hits, Total Bases, Runs Created, Extra base hits, Times on Base, and is only 3 points behind the wonder boy Josh Hamilton for the team lead in BA. Trade him and we will lose a lot of games 2-0

I am so sick of people saying trade Dunn for pitching. Pitchers are more valuable than hitters, you trade Dunn and we get a average middle reliever AT BEST.

at 5:25 PM Blogger Mr. Redlegs said...

The day Dunn is the Reds' best offensive player--not to be confused with "most reliable" run producer--is the day all of Redlegs Nation gets freebies to Kings Island.

at 11:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Mr. Redlegs, can't wait for a free trip to Kings Island because stats don't lie

at 11:44 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dunn is the best offensive player we have? So if the game is on the line, 2-outs, men at 2nd and 3rd, DUNN is the guy you want up? Really? I'd take at least six players ahead of him. Griff, Josh, Conine, Hatteberg, Valentin, pretty much anyone but Edwin or Ross.

Yeah, he's got great stats. But not when it matters. He's good for a bases empty homer when we're up or down by five runs. Which inflates his slugging, on-base, ops, etc. Who cares?

When the game is on the line, he'll either strike out, or if he's feeling really zesty, ground into a double play. Bank on it. And that's to say nothing of his porous defense.

Trade him to an AL team that can DH him and be happy with his meaningless solo homers. Josh is an upgrade on both sides of the ball. And at a fraction of the cost. Trade Dunn now while he still has some value.

Of COURSE pitchers are more valuable. That's why I said you make Dunn the center of a package, not trade him straight-up. It's addition by subtraction, anyway.

at 1:23 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please explain how taking your 3rd best run producer from a year ago and someone who will hit 40HR’s and 90-100 RBI’s a year out of your lineup makes this team better offensively. Yes Dunn Strikes out way too much and is a horrible defensive player. (FYI his strike out percentage is 41% with runners on and 37% empty, not in the “60’s or 70’s) He is one of the most frustrating players on the team, that said, this team DOES NOT get better offensively if you take him out of the lineup. If you could trade him for someone better offensively I say do it, but you can’t.

Also, in that dream lineup you have, who comes off the bench to pinch hit in a key at bat, Castro, Hopper and Ross? Really???

And where is this help coming from in the pitching. You say make Dunn the center of a “package” that includes a player like Cormier, and a prospect. WHO WOULD WANT A horrible overpaid aging middle reliever you have to pay 2.5 MIL. In order to get anything, you would have to give up a not only a prospect, but one of your best prospects and that is not worth it for another Majewski or Bray.

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