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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, August 31, 2007

Dumatrait and McBeth coming up

From the Reds:

RHP Elizardo Ramirez today cleared waivers and was outrighted to Louisville.

Tomorrow, the Reds are expected to recall from Louisville LHP Phil Dumatrait and RHP Marcus McBeth.


11 Comments:

at 3:19 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

----RHP Elizardo Ramirez today cleared waivers and was outrighted to Louisville.----

Whoa, does that mean he's off the 40-man? If so, he sure has fallen a long ways off the map, hasn't he? He'll probably have a future in someone's bullpen. I'd say Livingston, Maloney, and Belisle should get to fight for that fifth spot next year. Belisle is slowly getting better, I think.

While I'm here, trade Dunn and EE. EE has too shaky defense, and he seems to have a certain air of attitude with him. Dunn, if he let one more ball slip away from him in left field yesterday...

Put Votto in left, with Hamilton and Griffey, Hatteberg at first, Phillips wears a 'c' on his jersey at second, Gonzalez [love this guy] goes to short, and Kepp goes to third. Ross catches.

Freel, Cantu, Valentin, Hopper, and some FA ride the bench.

Harang, Arroyo, Bailey, some starter somehow acquired, in the rotation and the previously mentioned names fight for the last spot.

Weathers, Burton, Bray all have locks into the bullpen. Spend some money on a free agent reliever, a good one [no more Stanton]. Coutlangus and Majewski get favorite consideration for the other spots. Coffey, Salmon, McBeth, and other non rosters fight for the last spot

prospects Cueto, Bruce, Viola, Roenicke get considered for call-ups.

 
at 3:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John--your saying EZ cleared waivers, does that mean he is out of options?

Also--was any thought given to bringing up Jorgensen tonight to catch Shearn again? Seems with the roster expanding tomorrow, they could've made a move with one of the bullpen guys then brought them right back up.

Thanks.

 
at 4:36 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Clearing waivers means he's off the 40-man roster. He'll probably be back next year as a minor leauge invite.

 
at 5:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John

As poorly as he's pitched, I still think EZ has some talent and could make a decent starting pitcher in the big leagues. As bad as the pitching has been at times this year, it seems that Dick Pole has gotten a pass. You rarely if ever hear him critcized.

 
at 6:13 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Pole had Ramirez for about three days before his first start. I don't think you can blame Pole for E.Z.'s struggles. I'm no doctor or pitching coach, but I think his shoulder is still a factor. I agree he's got some talent. He'll resurface in the bigs in my guess.

 
at 6:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question: How, in any hallucinogenically contorted projection of reality onto this earthly plane, is Scott Hatteberg a part of the team's future? Why aren't Cantu and Votto platooning at 1B fulltime, with Hatteberg offering them fielding tips during warmups?

Is winning an extra 1 or 2 games this year - just so the GM can stack the deck for the manager and make him look good - really worth stymying the future like this? Exactly how long after the regular season ends do you think people will recall that the Redlegs won 78 games instead of 76? Thirty-five minutes? A whole week perhaps?

Quick, how many games did the Reds win in 1989? Was it 72? 82? 79? 75?

Now, what did they fare in 1990?

Get it yet, Wayne? Think, if you can.

 
at 6:41 PM Anonymous Sparky's Ghost said...

A note about Keppinger. He's had a nice little run of balls falling in here and has a pretty average currently. Batting average is the most overrated and volatile statistic in baseball (except maybe the ridiculous 19th-century artifact called the pitchers "win").

The Reds make a grave fumble if they mistake Keppinger for a big part of their future. Even if he hits .300, it will be an empty .300. Little power or speed, no particular penchant toward drawing walks. A nice utility guy - I love his versatility. Keep him around. Just don't make big plans for him, please.

Encarnacion has much more potential than Keppinger. Same batting average upside, but a possible 25-HR man as well. It's a power game now guys. I realize Cincinnati dearly relishes its role as the anachronism of major league baseball cities, but you do want to win, no? Join the 21st century then. The 1880s are, like it or not, over.

 
at 6:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mack is going to make Kepp very cold if he does not get him in the starting lineup. Play your best 8 at this point. Good game Thursday but Gonzalez needs to come off the bench the rest of the year. I thought this was obvious but apparently not. Please pass this on to Mackanin, John

Kevin

 
at 6:59 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Gonzalez is 6-for-13 in the three games since returned. He got a hit off Capps and scored the winning run last night. i'm sure Keppinger will play in the next few days, but Mackanin made it clear Gonzalez is his shortstop.

 
at 8:02 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

John,
Nothing against Gonzalez, he has been hitting very well since coming back, but he is what, a career .250 hitter, who strikes out far too much and he has committed more errors than Felipe Lopez in far fewer games (that is probably an aberration, but its true).
He is the starting SS because Krivsky signed him for much more than he is worth. Keppinger may not have the range of Gonzalez, but the guy is hitting .360 and the team was winning with him at SS.

 
at 8:20 PM Blogger John Fay said...

CSA: I really don't think the contract is why Gonzalez is playing. Valentin's started three straight games and he's not Ross' tax bracket.

 
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