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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, June 19, 2007

A's 6, Reds 1

The scary thing about Monday's loss for the Reds is this: They're facing better pitchers, statistically at least, in the next games here. Joe Blanton was 6-4 with 3.62 ERA coming in. Tuesday's starter, Chad Gaudin, is 6-1 with a 2.85 ERA. Wednesday's starter, Dan Haren, is 8-2 with a 1.64 ERA.

The Reds managed seven hit off Blanton -- all singles.

You probably turned this one off after Kyle Lohse gave up the 3-run homer to Mark Ellis in the fifth.

"That pretty much put it out of reach the way Blanton was throwing," Lohse said.

True, that.

The Reds are 27-44. Dave Miley was 27-43 when he got fired in 2005.


at 1:16 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Krivsky should let Lohse walk at the end of the season.

at 2:35 AM Blogger Redsheart said...

What's the manager's job? It's to gaze blankly at losing team? Owner's or GM's job is keep watching such a manager? Reds players seem not to have their heart. What manager Jim Leyland has brought about? Narron has nothing as a manager.

at 9:51 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not here to bash the Reds cause we all know they're terrible ... pitching and defense is a joke, but I want to make a point about approaches at the plate ... Phillips, Gonzalez, Ross, Encarnacion (if though he's getting better) and now Hamilton swing at everything ... they get themselves out ... I'll give Hamilton some slack he's technically a rookie ... the others, stop swinging at everything in the area code and make pitchers on the other side make mistakes, seems to work for the opposition.

at 10:04 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Batting Philips 4th is beyond me. Dunn should bat cleanup -- did most of last week and excelled in that spot. So, they put Phillips in that spot??? Narron is clueless, or so it seems, regarding his use of the batting order and relievers. Maybe he just has bad talent to work with -- but I don't think he makes the most of what he has. Dunn should bat 4th, period.

Giving Narron the benefit of the doubt -- I think people were saying the same thing about Miley before he was fired. Obviously, change for the sake of change does not necessarily lend itself to a better result. What's frustrating is that the Reds seem to have no plan, or at least none that they are telling the public about.

at 10:21 AM Blogger Mark T said...

Is the organization now generally in better or worse shape than it was when Miley was fired?

at 1:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the Reds need are more guys breaking water jugs and bats and kicking helmets and stuff. We need a manager who will make the players wear a facemask so they can grab that facemask and scream at the player. We need players who will break stuff. We need a manager who will break stuff when Dunn strikes out or the best ss in the history of the game makes yet another error. If Narron broke stuff and screamed, Dunn wouldn't whiff and Alex G wouldn't boot every other ball and the OF would throw to the right base. I truly believe this.

I am a Cincy sports talk caller.

at 1:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

not sure where else to put this... but i found a great article on griffey's return to seattle and what he means to the city.... http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/sports/2003753289_griffey19.html

at 3:23 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoever posted the link about Griffey going back to Seattle, it was a smart thing to do...People in Cincinnati need to read that! To this day they love Griffey and dont knock him like some of the fans here!! Take some notes Cincinnati! As far as the team I am beyond aggravated with the management I feel they should all go...Narron is not a baseball manager and it is showing the more we keep him here. A truely nice guy bot not a manager....

What's our slogan here in Cincy? Maybe next year

at 3:25 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Anon, 12:26: I know that's what fans want. But if a fiery manager was all a club needed Lou Piniella would have about nine World Series titles. All types of personalities work in getting the most out of teams.

at 3:45 PM Anonymous jc said...

bobby valentine. little more forcefulness. wins. boone, miley and narron. seems to be a patterm here. a pattern that has not worked.
mazzone will be leaving the orioles any day. he only went to work for perlozzo who was his best friend. take a run at him. maybe he says no... but take the run.
let pole know that his and humes work is unacceptable.
girardi would not take reds job. will wait on yankees. valentine has his team in first place. kind of a hero in japan.... but just might be sick of saki and blowfish.
skip arroyos next start. give it to gosling. obvious that he is having some difficulties.
thought majewski was ready but was wrong. guardado wont be ready either... bray still jammed up. no other help coming.
think hatteberg has another year on contract... why we handcuffed ourselves in so many instances seems odd. general managers seem to always overstate their own talent. bet a strained hamstring on an overweight 40 year old takes a while to come back.
i know he is right handed... but ricky stone having a heck of a year in louisville. not a long term answer...but we are just throwing darts at the wall.
don't trade griffey unless he asks... and hen treat him with the same class he has shown the game.
can you imagine dunn at first base.... going backwards to field a pop up. what a freak show that would be.

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