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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, May 10, 2007

Reds 9, Astros 5, big win?

Someone asked David Weathers whether Thursday's 9-5 win over the Houston Astros could have a lasting effect, a sort of carryover to build confidence.

"You hope," he said.

That's all they can really do. If they go on the coast and get beat around, Thursday's win will be forgotten before sun-up Saturday. If they play well, hope stays alive.

We shall see. I talked with Wayne Krivsky about Jerry Narron, and I talked with Bob Castellini about Narron and Krivsky. No shakeup is coming. The players they've got right now are going to determine the fate of this season.

Are they good enough to turn it around? We'll know by May 21 is my guess. That's the day they return from the monster, nine-game, 10-day, L.A., San Diego, Cleveland road trip to play our old friend, Jim Bowden's Washington Nationals.

My man, Kevin Kelly, is doing the first two legs of trip. Why go to L.A. and San Diego when Cleveland beckons? He has the keys to the blog. I'll check in from time to time.


at 9:47 PM Blogger Dan H said...

I believe I heard you say Hilton Head beckons! If not Homer than it sure looks like Livingston as Dumatrait pitched tonite, a good game at that. I'd still bring up Homer IMO. Nice to see Encarnaciob reported quickly to Louisville (2-4 with an error).

at 10:09 PM Blogger cow town said...

Well, it won't be Dumatrait on Sunday. He pitched 6 innings for the Bats tonight. 6 hits and an earned run.

EdE had a typical night. 2 hits, 1 error ...

at 11:21 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Homer Bailey. Why the heck isn't there some more clamoring for this guy and why the heck are the Reds keeping there decision a giant state secret? As a fan, it hurts to watch this team right now. So hey management, give us something to get excited about. Give us a couple of starts from Homer Bailey!

at 10:03 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like everyone else I'd like to see Homer pitching for the Reds and having success but realistically I think there are some items he still needs to work on and Louisville is a better place to do that. Being a strike out pitcher, Bailey throws a lot of pitches. Factor in the high number of walks he has given up and his pitch count is just too high. If we call him up now you won't be pitching but 6 innings or so and we sure don't need the bullpen pitching 3 innings do we? Not to mention if Bailey continues to walk as many guys as he has done so far in Louisville this year sooner or later it will come back to get him. Especially in the Big Leagues. This call up will most likely only be for a couple of starts anyway so let's bring up Livingston and be patient on Bailey. We can call him up a little later in the year when he has better command of his pitches.

at 11:32 AM Blogger Mark said...

My sons and I went to yesterday's game. Glad they won with some long balls in the mix. Made the 3 1/2 hr trip very worthwhile. I think the only downer was when Mike Stanton came in and proved to everyone that you can stick a fork in his arm cause he's done. He's had a good career but it's time to move on now.

And yeah, I agree with this talk of calling up Homer Bailey. Is his psyche that fragile that the front office feels risking a rough outing may cause him to lose confidence or something? I'd hate for him to waste so many innings in AAA that when he gets the call, his tank will be half spent already. Is the goal to make him the greatest Reds AAA pitcher ever or isn't it time to prove he belongs up here for good?

at 11:32 AM Blogger cow town said...

FWIW - Fox Sports lists Saarloos as the Reds starting pitcher for sunday's game.

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