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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, July 4, 2007

Subtle differences

Pete Mackanin pinch-hit for Matt Belisle with one out in the fourth and nobody on. Belisle had given up five runs in the fourth -- including four on Fred Lewis' grand slam. My guess is Jerry Narron would have let Belisle hit.

The move looked good when Ricky Stone retired the first five he faced. It didn't look so good after Ray Durham and Rich Aurilia hit back-to-back home runs with two outs in the sixth.

Giants 7, Reds 3

Stone, by the way, has given up three home runs in 3 1/3 innings for the Reds. He gave up three in 42 1/3 innings for Louisville.


at 6:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Send him back to Louisville tonight. Three big longballs that have put games out of reach for the Reds twice already.

Livingston in the 'pen and promote Cueto? Belisle has an 8.55 ERA in his last 4 starts in only 20 innings of work. If not the bullpen how bout letting Livingston get another start. Not just a start, but a chance to stay in Cincinnati.

General inconsistency (and a lack of commanding leadership) among this team has more to do with the record than any one department or position, so its time to see what some guys can do before the roster changes (maybe dramatically) at the trade deadline. Fans won't buy 7 rookie experiments 2 years in a row as trying to "win now".

at 7:48 PM Blogger tennesseered said...

What I'm seeing is over managing which really concerns me. Last night he took out Coutlangus after he had struck out two batters and hit the next. The Reds were ahead by 4 runs so why didn't he just let him finish the inning. My sense is he wanted to show the managerial norm of lefty/righty. Today, taking out Belisle after only 60 pitches and one bad inning and going to the worst bullpen in the league in the 5th inning seemed to be overreacting. Given his logic for pulling Belisle, I'm surprised he left Harang in in the first inning last night after he threw a "down Broadway" fastball to Bonds on an 0-2 pitch.

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