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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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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Why?

If Kirk Saarloos is on roster for tomorrow's game, the Reds have a credibility problem, well a bigger credibility problem. The last 10 batters he's faced have reached -- eight hits, a walk and a hit batsman. He's allowed eight earned runs in that span.

Thursday, the first batter he faced, Tony Graffanino, hit a home run to tie the game.

This is why I'm not managing: I would have given Ken Griffey Jr. the day off. Griffey's 3-for-4, with a homer, a double, two RBI and two runs scored. The homer broke an 0-for-13.


17 Comments:

at 3:16 PM Blogger Barry said...

I wish he would have left Livington in the game. The Reds need his bat.

 
at 3:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not only a creditability problem, but a credibility problem too!!

 
at 3:16 PM Blogger kingseyeland said...

I just don't get it. Majewski, McBeth, Bray, and even Kerschner are better options than Saarloos and Coffey. What is Krivsky waiting for? What will it take to convince him that neither Saarloos or Coffey can help this team?

Meanwhile, Scott Linebrink is a Brewer. What exactly is Wayne Krivsky doing to improve this team? Isn't that his job? Who is holding him accountable for this mess?

 
at 3:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

john here is a solution to all the problems take coffey and saarloos and send them to double a bring up sam lecure as a long releif guy and bring up Calvin Medlock as a 7th or 8th inning guy and john i have not heard anything about kyle lotzkar the reds 1 sup.b pick can you tell me anything about him and when the reds will sign the rest of their top picks.

 
at 4:05 PM Blogger HoosierVirg said...

John, was at the game last night and felt the same way about Junior, his bat was slow and his timing was way off. Most of us in the moon deck thought he would be off today, you weren't alone in your feelings. It is a pure joy to watch Junior play this year. Dunner continues to get those meaningless hits, (sarcasm), 3-3 plus a walk and great hustle to get his double. Trading him would end up being a great mistake in my opinion. Lopez getting hit sure put a damper on an otherwise good night. You are right, Saarloos needs to go.

 
at 4:07 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sam Lecure and Calvin Medlock? Are you serious? If you are you know nothing about baseball.

 
at 4:09 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maj, Bray have to be better than Saarloos and Coffey. Put Belisle in the bullpen bring up PDum. The only guys in the pen you can trust are Stormy, Burton, and Cout. Stanton and Gosling are hit or miss most of the time it seems. so you end up with a better bullpen with just those moves and start preparing for next year.

Time to hold Krisky accountable!! Burton, Hamilton, Hatteberg, going after the Nationals, Weathers resigning... Good job. Not getting a younger above average quality veteran bullpen guy over the winter, trusting leather pants even once (though Kearns and Lopez are proving to be overated anyway)... bad job.

Good out ways the bad within his control so far.

Adrian

 
at 4:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:07 i must not know much about baseball because i have talked to experts and scouts that have told me that they are some of the only players that are ready on the releif side that have a proven fastball, change up and breaking pitch and i can tell you know the best prospect that will come out of this draft came in the 49 and 48 round will come a little late but will be the best players.
o yea i for got to tell you i am a a high school scout for perfectgame.com and i have seen lecure pitch you have not.

 
at 4:57 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

Majewski is merely Saarloos with more consonants.

Maj, Saarloos, Stanton, Coffey, all need to go.

 
at 4:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you kidding? People are actually asking for Majewski back? Is this the uninjured, 2004 Majewski? If so, then your calls for him are warranted. But If I recall correctly, people want him banished every time he makes the trip up from Louisville and posts an 11.0 ERA up with the Reds. Majewski needs to take a year or so off of baseball, let his arm completely heal, and then try to play again. If he can't throw 94-95, he won't be effective in the MLB. His slider isn't that great, so his velocity and location is what made him a great pitcher for the Nats. I don't know what's wrong with Saarloos. Maybe he just isn't motivated to be here. The guy has the nastiest stuff in the Reds organization, but just can't put it together. I feel bad for the guy. Don't know what's wrong with Coffey either. We all saw what he could do the first few months of the 2006 season. Was the best 7-8th inning guy in baseball for a few months.

Never want to see Pedro Lopez playing for the Reds again. The guy has no future as a big league shortstop. Looking through the minors though, it isn't like we have enough options.

Juan Castro does not belong on the Reds either. You don't need a defensive replacement on a team that isn't ahead all that often in the late innings, and has a terrible bullpen. Defensive specialists, like Castro, belong on teams that can already hit the ball (Castro can't), and have a great bullpen. The ideal fit, in my opinion, would be Seattle. We can't afford to be giving roster spots to a guy that can't hit over .100 anymore. Not to mention we carry 3 catchers -- 2 of which can't hit.

 
at 5:03 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bray, Salmon or McBeth should be brought up to replace Saarloos.

If the Reds bring up a pitcher from AA it should be either Johnny Cueto or Carlos Fisher.

 
at 5:19 PM Blogger Steven said...

Hey everyone, I have give this a lot of thought. Below is how the rotation and bullpen should look. Give me time for the lineup

SP: Aaron Harang
SP: Bronson Arroyo
SP: Bobby Livingston
SP: Kyle Lohse (until traded, then use Gosling until Bailey is activated)
SP: Phil Drumatrait

RP: David Weathers
RP: Jon Coutlongus
RP: Bill Bray
RP: Gary Majewski
RP: Jared Burton
RP: Michael Gosling
RP: Matt Belisle (if he continues to suck, waive him and recall McBeth or Salomnella)

 
at 5:25 PM Blogger Steven said...

Ideal lineup

C: David Ross
1b: Scott Hatteberg
2b: Brandon Phillips
SS: Alex Gonzalez
3B: Edwin Encarnacion
LF: Adam Dunn
CF: Ryan Freel
RF: Ken Griffey Jr.

Bench: Javier Valentin
Bench: Jeff Keppinger
Bench: Norris Hopper
Bench: Joey Votto
Bench: Aaron Herr

Subtractions:
Jeff Conine )trade before he retires, might as well get something for him in return)

Chad Moeller: Why is he even the 25th man? Pete will never play him. I saw get harassed and take much verbal abuse in Seattle when he was the bullpen catcher all weekend.

 
at 5:28 PM Blogger Steven said...

Hey everyone, I have give this a lot of thought. Below is how the rotation and bullpen should look. Give me time for the lineup

SP: Aaron Harang
SP: Bronson Arroyo
SP: Bobby Livingston
SP: Kyle Lohse (until traded, then use Gosling until Bailey is activated)
SP: Phil Drumatrait

RP: David Weathers
RP: Jon Coutlongus
RP: Bill Bray
RP: Gary Majewski
RP: Jared Burton
RP: Michael Gosling
RP: Matt Belisle (if he continues to suck, waive him and recall McBeth or Salomnella)

 
at 5:38 PM Blogger Steven said...

My bad, I left out Josh Hamilton. He starts in center when he's back, Freel to the bench, and Herr back to the minors. Having Freel, Javy, Hopp, and Keppinger is a very productive bench, more productive than the starters at times.

 
at 6:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

take fisher out he cant get a aa bater out he needs to find a breaking pitch.

 
at 9:02 AM Anonymous TGO said...

Don't forget about Elizardo Ramirez. I'd think Ramirez, Livingston and Dumatrait should get an audition over the final few months of the season.

I'd also rather see McBeth and Salmon over Majewski and Gosling.

 
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