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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, July 24, 2007

Brewers 5, Reds 3

It sounds like Matt Belisle's spot in the rotation is all but gone.

"I’m not going to sit here and say Matt Belisle is solid in the rotation," manager Pete Mackanin said. “Nobody can think that, including Matt. You have to consistently prove yourself, or we’ll find someone else. It’s all about the team winning."

Mackanin is tired of watching Belisle throw fat pitches.

He used Milwaukee rookie Yovani Gallardo, who limited the Reds to one run on six hits over 6 2/3 innings, to compare with Belisle, who allowed four runs on six hits in 3 2/3.

“(Gallardo) doesn’t have any better stuff than Matt Belisle,” Mackanin said. “He just has the ability to make pitches.”

Belisle is no longer surprised by the Mackanin's early hooks.

"Pete's not going to put up with that," Belisle said. "He's made that clear. You've got to earn it."

Michael Gosling pitched three innings of one-hit ball Tuesday. My guess is he starts in Belisle's place the next time out.

The flip side of this is, Belisle would give the Reds a live right-handed arm in the bullpen.


at 11:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, do you know if the Reds plan to keep Jay Bruce in AAA the rest of the season or are they going to move him back to AA? He's hitting .262 in AAA in about 42 at bats if anyone was wondering.

at 1:13 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched Belisle pitch against the Phillies in PA. 85-88 mph up and over the plate wouldnt fool many major leaugers. It sure didnt fool Chase Utley whose pair of 2 run jacks were hard to watch. Does his back problem of previous years hinder his ability to pitch out of the pen?

at 8:27 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope they leave Bruce at AAA and don't put him back at AA. If he is given time at AAA he will hit and figure it out. If he stays at AAA and get's AB'S he should be a Sept. call up and give him playing time to see what we have here. It is almost time to get Votto and Bruce some ab's here in Cincy. It is time we give some attention to these stud pitchers at AA. Carlos Fisher is more than likely better than anyone in our pen and half our starting rotation.

at 8:35 AM Blogger Don said...

I really like Mackanin's no nonsense approach, and I like the way he outlines his approach to the media. He doesn't sell his players out, but he makes it clear that if you do not produce, you won't be playing.

Far too often we see managers stick with a guy at the expense of the betterment of the team, as if his loyalty to the player is more important than the his loyalty to the team. Mackanin understands that his loyalty his to the team. If you don't produce, the team suffers, and you sit. I like that.

at 8:50 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Belisle's problem is mechanics. Chris Welsh picked up on it last night. He has no leverage when pitching from the stretch.
It would be interesting to know if his "pitching" coach knows this.

at 10:15 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have tickets for 5 more games and i sit here and ask myself if i really want to go

thank you for a great team mr castellini

at 10:52 AM Anonymous Matt said...

John, do you think there is any chance the Reds call up Phil Dumatrait to start in Belisle's spot? It seems like he has been doing pretty well in the minors, but he never seems to get consideration for a call up.

at 10:53 AM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

I like Mac's approach but Gallardo is ten times the pitcher Belisle ever was, and Gallardo will likely improve.

And yes, thanks Castellini, thanks so much! Great job! Maybe next year we'll only be 11 games under .500 at this point in the season! Nothing like having Competitive Reds teams year in and year out. Maybe it's time to change the teams' name to "Bengals?"

Carlos Fisher and Votto should have been up here many weeks ago.

A team this bad should give all its best minor league pitchers (even from AA) a shot at proving they belong.

Of course once you prove you belong, like Livingston...you get rewarded with a demotion.

Oh yeah, it's long past due that our pitching coaches get a little blame. Time to find new ones!

Please Bob, sell the team (at least dump the GM and pitching coaches), you guys clearly don't know what you're doing!

at 11:11 AM Blogger John Fay said...

Belisle was hitting 92 last night. That's what Harang throws, so velocity is not the problem.

Bruce was supposed to go back AA when Dewayne Wise was ready, but I've seen Wise's name in the boxscores. I'll check to see what's up.

at 11:27 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harang and Belisle may hit around the same velocity, but the way Belisle pitches seem to be much less deceptive than the way Harang pitches. I read Ryan Braun say the other night that Harang's 93 mph fastball appears to be "100 mph" to a batter.

at 4:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mackanin's assertion that Gallardo's stuff is no better than Belisle's is preposterous. Insulting, even.

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