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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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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Frustrated Eddie

Eddie Guardado is frustrated. Guardado has give up seven runs on nine hits in only three innings so far.

The problem, he said, is location.

“I'm not going to blow anybody way," he said. "I'll get a strikeout here and there. If I'm going to be successful – like I have been – location is big part of it. I’m not locating the ball well.”

Guardado pointed to Prince Fielder's at-bat Saturday night. Fielder doubled to right.

“I had Fielder 0-2," Guardado said. "I throw him a slider that hangs up. I don’t give up many 0-2 hits when I’m doing good. That’s location. But I feel the ball’s coming out of my hand (well). I throw some (split-fingers) that down. I throw some that are hanging up. Those are the ones that get crushed.”

The Reds are in a tough spot. Guardado took the spot of Jon Coutlangus, who was a useful arm in the bullpen. Until he gets straightened, Guardado out is probably on mop-up duty. He understands.

"I wouldn't want to use me when we're winning," he said. "I'll find it. I've pitched too long not to find it.”


at 3:54 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

He's frustrated? Last time I checked, fans PAY him. Fans are frustrated, Edguano is just overpaid.

Today is a prime example of why the Reds need to KEEP DUNN.

Dunn is not the problem here. Not even close! Although he does need to lose some body fat in the off season, and gain some plate discipline.

Conine is clutch today. Maybe now he can retire on a high note, like right after the game, maybe?

Get BRUCE AND VOTTO UP HERE, will you Bob? The only thing the Reds are catching this September is a cold. Chicago, St. Louis, and Milwaukee are not going to collapse. 4th place is the best Cincy can do this year, so why not get the youngsters up here for some SEASONING so that in April 2008, they'll be more experienced and ready to tear the league up?

at 4:27 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

Dunn ignoring the third base coach just cost the Reds the tying run in the 8th...if they don't score now--bases loaded and one out, it's just another example of spoiled millionaires refusing to be coached (which means: refusing to play winning baseball).

Stupid Stupid Stupid.

at 1:54 AM Anonymous redifil said...

I like Eddie G. and hope he does "find it." Tell him to hang in there for me.

at 3:03 AM Anonymous Monclova Steve said...

Exactly how do we: 1) Keep Dunn; 2) Get Bruce and Votto up here, and 3) Play them all? Of course, Votto can play 1st if we want to put all our eggs in that basket. Probably we'll get an idea in September. But if we want to play Bruce, where does he play?
My thought is to trade Dunn -- I know, I know his numbers -- and shed the payroll, using Bruce, Keppinger, Hopper as much as possible. Dunn's weaknesses take away too much of his abilities for the Reds to invest 13 million for him.

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