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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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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Reds vs. Padres, 5-16

SAN DIEGO - Scanning over Rob Butcher's always-helpful daily Reds game notes and a few items caught my attention.

* The last time the Reds used just two pitchers in a 12-inning game, like they did Tuesday with Aaron Harang (9 ip, 2h) and David Weathers (3 ip, 0 h), was Sept. 14, 1989 when Tim Leary (7 ip, 9h, 3 er, 2 bb, 6k) and Norm Charlton (4-1/3 ip, 2h, 1r, 0er, 1bb, 10k) pitched in a 4-3 loss against the Giants.

* The Reds enter tonight's game with a 16-24 record (.400 winning percentage). How does that compare to recent seasons?

YEAR -- W-L, PCT.________FINISH
2007 - 16-24, .400_______??????????
2006 - 23-17, .575_______80-82, 3rd
2005 - 14-26, .350_______73-89, 5th
2004 - 22-18, .550_______76-86, 4th
2003 - 21-19, .525_______69-93, 5th
2002 - 25-15, .625_______78-84, 3rd
2001 - 17-23, .425_______66-96, 5th
2000 - 22-17-1, .550_____85-77, 2nd

Tonight's lineups

REDS
Freel, 3b
Hamilton, cf
Griffey, rf
Phillips, 2b
Dunn, lf
Hatteberg, 1b
Gonzalez, ss
Ross, c
Arroyo, rhp

PADRES
M. Giles, 2b
Cruz, lf
B. Giles, rf
Gonzalez, 1b
Greene, ss
Cameron, cf
Bard, c
Kouzmanoff, 3b
Peavy, rhp


3 Comments:

at 7:56 PM Blogger Teal'c said...

Looks like it doesn't matter how they start, they still end up with a losing record. Doesn't give us much to look forward to, now does it?

 
at 10:06 PM Blogger Ron said...

Why does every night put players in a different position in the lineup? The problem is not the players, the problem is the failure to put together a team rather than a collection of players. Phillips may be a great talent, but he can't find a role on this team. Josh Hamilton may be a five tool player but he has no defined role on this team. Hatteberg is a professional hitter but he has no role on this team. EE is "expected" to be the clean-up hitter but can't concentrate enough to play defense. Gonzalez is a great glove with a questionable bat, and he bats fifth. That's not putting a team on the field, it's drawing names from a bucket. Here's a suggestion for Narron:
Move Freel to second base and put Phillips on the bench sitting between you and Dent so he can learn something about how baseball is suppose to be played. Put Hopper in Center Field and let him lead off - He's got the tools. Bat Freel second, he's not going to be afraid to get out in front of a fastball to put down a bunt. Griffey bats third. Bring EE back and tell him he's going to bat 4th come hell or high water. Live with his defense, he will improve. Bat Hamilton fifth and Hatteberg or Conine sixth. Gonzalez bats 7th and Ross or Moeller bats 8th. Sorry, Dunn is the odd man out. He has great power but he can't bat in the clean-up spot. Trade him for a quality starter.
It's better than a patch work team with a changing pattern every night.
Then move to the pitching staff. Put Belisle back in the bullpen as the long relief. He does better there. Give Saarloos or Santos a chance to start. If they can't make the grade, cut them loose and bring up one of the pitchers from Louisville. McBeth has shown he can close. Give him the ball and tell him to go at it. Burton, Salmon, Weathers, and Stone are the set-up guys. Burton and Salmon have one role, come in and throw one inning of heat in the strike zone.

 
at 1:51 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's obvious yesterday's win means nothing. We had to win the game today. When Dunn misplayed the ball, a good manager would take Arroyo out. What a waste of his arm. FIRE NARRON. WE CAN NEVER WIN WITH THAT HORRIBLE MANAGER. Does Narron know how to score? Where is McBeth? What's Krivsky doing now? How long do we have to lose for the organization?????????

 
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