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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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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Fool's gold?

Yesterday -- after taking a 7 or 8 on the first hole -- I hit a hit a 5 wood to within 12 feet on a 177-yard par 3. Just missed the birdie putt and tapped in for par. If you watched that hole, you might be under the mistaken in impression that I'm a good golfer. I'm not. After that hole, I went back to usual array of shanks, pulls, slices and 3 putts.

The reason I bring this up is after watching the Reds in the final game of the recent homestand -- the 9-5 win over Houston -- you might have been under the mistaken impression that the Reds were about to roll. But after that win, they went back to usual array of missed opportunities, bullpen blowups, strikeouts and bad starts.

Both Doc and I talked to Bob Castellini that day. An optimistic guy by nature, he was convinced that a turnaround was in the offing. Looking back it would have been much more interesting to get his take if the Reds hadn't won that day.

The good news for Big Bob is good percentage of people are still ticked off. That shows that apathy hasn't set in yet. But it's only a few losses away. After that win, it seemed like a major shake-up was a ways away. Now, my guess is if the don't win two or three of the final five games on the trip, we could see something.

As for the moves, I'd make Marcus McBeth the closer and put David Weathers in the eighth. I'd rather get to the ninth than see games blown in the eighth. If McBeth works out, it's a huge bonus. I see the Chad Moeller move as indictment of Javier Valentin's pitch selection. Jerry Narron has questioned it a couple of times this year.


at 12:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John. I think your wrong here. I think apathy has indeed set in. I don't think I've tuned in a game in over a week. I wake up each morning and feel real good about that decisions once I hear the morning radio reports.

at 12:40 PM Blogger Reds fan in SC said...

Valentin's defense is also lousy. The strike 3 pitch he missed last night was pathetic. You could see the look on Narron's face after that happened. I bet that was the last straw for him. I also agree that they should let McBeth close. He can't be any worse than what we have now. Maybe the offense will pick up if they have a little faith that the bullpen can hold a lead.

at 1:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you only played a position as rarely as Javy does ,how would you do?Also, why doesn't Narron look with disgust when Dunn does his bear in a china closet routine as he did yet again last night? Do some homework and look up Javy's D stats for his career.Not all that shaky given he only spot starts and compares well with alot of guys who are considered decent.

at 2:33 PM Blogger Scott in NC said...

I hope Marcus McBeth is a hard-nosed, take-charge personality because we need that in a closer.

Of course, if he is someone who just doesn't "play very well when everybody is pressing" then he's in a heap of trouble.

I will keep watching the Reds because I don't think there is a bitter end to this. I like Castellini and Krivsky and am confident that they'll get it turned around. It may take time but they'll get it done.

at 4:20 PM Blogger Teal'c said...

cBeth might do very well...if the Reds ever have another lead in the ninth where a closer is needed. Right now they are playing so bad, McBeth may never get into a game.

at 5:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do I get this feeling that the "by the book" manager will use McBeth in, say, the sixth or seventh inning twice a week; meanwhile, Coffey, Stanton, Weathers, et al, will continue to pitch every day until either their arms fall off or their ERAs reach 15.00?

at 7:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


Where are you playing in Hilton Head? I have done the Sea Pines courses several times, but will be in Palmetto Dunes in a few weeks? Any recommendations on the courses there?

As to Javier, I have always been a fan of his pinch-hitting, but not his overall catching. Its really telling when you look at the team ERA when Javier is catching and the number of times he gets shaken off by pitchers.

As to the apathy setting in...it hasn't set in here yet. I still find myself struggling to stay awake for these west-coast games, despite the horrendous play by our beloved Reds. Hope still springs eternal...at least for another week or so. Lets hope the turn around starts soon - MB

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