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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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Friday, July 6, 2007

From Mackanin

The post All-Star Break rotation:

Bronson Arroyo Thursday v. the Mets
Aaron Harang Friday v. the Mets
Matt Belisle Saturday v. the Mets
Kyle Lohse Sunday v. the Mets
Homer Bailey v. the Braves

"You how I chose that?" Mackanin said. "Dick told me what to do."

Mackanin deferred to pitching coach Dick Pole in other words.

Other tidbits:

--Bill Bray is close. He's throwing two inning tomorrow.

--Mackanin would like to catch Javy Valentin three days a week.


at 8:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John- what do you think about not using Bailey for so long. I figured the Reds would like to get him as much experience as possible and this move could cost him a start or two across the rest of the season. I understand they don't want to over use him, but if they threw him third he would still be getting an extra day's rest. I'm not really as excited about seeing Belisle throw in the third spot.

Also I don't think I've seen you make any predictions about who the Reds might be trading prior to the deadline. Of this list of candidates who do you think will be traded (Dunn, Griffey, Hatteberg, Loshe, Stanton, Weathers)?


at 8:30 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

As long as the Reds are hitting like they are tonight, Macanin can get his pitching rotation from a taxi driver in Newport, and bat Valentin cleanup 7 days a week, and no one will care.

at 8:33 PM Blogger John Fay said...

One of the reasons, Bailey is fifth is Mets like to run. I'd try to keep his innings to reasonable number also.

I think the Reds would listen to offers for everyone on that list, with possible exception of Griffey. Lohse's stock is rising as we speak.

at 9:01 PM Blogger steve said...

Could you please find out who took over for GCL Reds for Pat Kelly? I try to keep up with all the reds minor league teams.

at 9:08 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Rick Burleson took over temporarily. They'll probably have a permanent guy in 10 days or so.

at 9:13 PM Blogger steve said...

Thank you so much!! Please keep us up dated on the minor league team and you do a great job!!

at 10:12 PM Anonymous Sedi said...

Don't look too much into this, but I do like Mackanin's candor. He's been pretty forthcoming and direct. His comment regarding the lineup is fairly entertaining and he's been pretty straight, specifically regarding performance, i.e. Behlisle.

at 11:33 AM Anonymous Kurk said...

Why is Belisle even still in the rotation? He's had half a season to prove that he's not very good, so why not give Livingston the chance? Send Belisle to the pen; what is there to lose?

Newmarket NH

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