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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, June 10, 2007

Reds vs. Indians, 6-10

Hopper, rf
Phillips, 2b
Dunn, lf
Conine, 1b
Encarnacion, 3b
Hamilton, cf
Gonzalez, ss
Ross, c
Harang, rhp

Sizemore, cf
Blake, 3b
Martinez, c
Garko, 1b
Nixon, rf
Peralta, ss
Dellucci, lf
Barfield, 2b
Sabathia, lhp

Indians transaction: The Indians optioned pitcher Jeremy Sowers to Triple-A Buffalo before today's game and recalled pitcher Matt Miller.


at 1:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dunn can't hit a lefty, When is Conine going to play in the outfield.

at 1:34 PM Blogger Kevin Kelly said...

I asked Jerry Narron this morning if he sees a scenario where Conine and Hatteberg would be in the starting lineup at the same time.

His answer: "With our outfield situation the way it is right now, it would be doubtful, but there is a possibility it could happen. We’re not going to see one (left-handed pitcher again) for a while.

at 1:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dunn can hit? When was the last time he had a multi-hit day? A better bet on him would be, will he strike out either 2 or 3 times today and that is guaranteed. If Narron had any sense at all he would be benched and never start. He is slow as dirt in the outfield!

at 3:54 PM Blogger Bengal43 said...

When is Bill Bray coming back?

at 5:13 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


at 5:17 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Bray hasn't pitched since June 5. I wasn't at the yard today, but that seems to be a little unusual, if everything is going OK.

at 5:24 PM Blogger Pat said...

Let's see. Dunn has 54 hits, Griffey 57. Dunn has 15 homers, Griffey 15, Dunn has 113 total bases, Griffey 111. Dunn has 38 rbi, griffey has 36. Dunn has 39 runs and griffey has 31. Dunn did it in 215 at bats and griffey did it in 200 at bats. I think those numbers are pretty similar and I think they're both having good years.

at 10:06 PM Blogger cincikid said...

It would be interesting to see Dunn's AVG. vs. Griffey's AVG. with R.I.S.P. and Dunn's AVG. with 2 outs and down by one or two in the 8th or 9th inning.

Besides the debate on Dunn's year vs. Griffey's year thus far is a non issue when having to do with, who should Narron be putting in the 3 hole today. Griffey is having a monster month and is on fire right now. Dunn... well, let's just say he isn't tearing the cover off the ball right now.

at 10:48 PM Anonymous ADMS said...

Pat - I'm not going to question the hard numbers. I am starting to think that maybe there is a perception based on past events about Dunn and his lack of hitting. Dunn does put up the poewr numbers and hits the moon shots that we all love. But (and if there are numbers on this, I would be amazed), how many innings, rallys, and games has he ended with a strikeout or a pop out? It seems to be like clockwork - late in the game, man on 2nd and 3rd, 2 outs, Dunn is up...might as well accept the fact that the rally is over.
I think what we will see with Dunn is that an AL team in a homerun friendly ballpark will snag him and maybe we can get a decent catcher or some middle relief for him. He's slow in the outfield and his plate discipline has declined since the start of the season. Junior (when healthy) is a far better all around player who can get the clutch hit and hit the 450 foot shot.
Man, we should have swept Cleveland. Am I the only one who thought after the total bullpen meltdown yesterday, if we would have lost in the 12th, we'd see some additional relievers sent down?
Also, is Coffey reporting to Louisville or is he gone for good?

at 12:54 AM Blogger Pat said...

From the seventh inning on Dunn has 17 hits. Second on the team. 10 walks, second on the team. His oba is 5th on the team.

at 8:36 AM Blogger Don said...

Dunn may be hitting the ball better later into games, but his overall RISP BA is about .40-.50 less than his overall BA. He may hit well late, but he is certainly not a clutch hitter. I don't want to get all stat crazy here, but it would be interesting to compare his BA RISP and OBP numbers in close games and compare those numbers to how he fares in games where the outcome is virtually decided (non-clutch situations).

Cincikid, Dunn's BA RISP is .216; Griffey's is .214. It ain't pretty.

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