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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, August 30, 2007

It's Dumatrait

The Reds announced after Thursday’s game that left-hander Phil Dumatrait will start Saturday’s game in the St. Louis.

Dumatrait made four starts for the Reds. He was 0-2 with a 14.18 ERA. He was pounded in three of the four.

He was optioned to Triple-A Louisville Aug. 21 after Pete Mackanin said he didn’t think Dumatrait was ready to compete at the big league level.

He’s made one start for the Bats, going 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on six hits, since being sent down. So he should be ready to face Albert Pujols now.


at 11:31 PM Anonymous Gary214 said...

Well, I clicked on Make a Comment, but I really don't know what to say on this decision. Other than it makes absolutely no sense at all. Mac already said he didn't have big league stuff right now, so I just do not get it. Hell, it would make more sense to run 4 relievers out there and forget about a starter...they will be there anyway! At this point, we are gonna be lucky to take 1 out of this series.

at 11:37 PM Blogger SolarAl said...

You need to widen your imagination John(-:}.

at 11:54 PM Blogger Daniel said...

Why does Mackanin continue on using Dumatrait in the starting lineup? We actually have 15 out of 27 games at home(division games against the leaders in the division) in September and believe it or not we still actually have a chance. If we continue to stink it up by putting in the nightmarish starting pitching(Dumatrait, Ramirez,) out there we will never catch up. My question is why, why, why??????? Please contact the Reds Brass and demand them not to put this Dumatrait in on Saturday against the cards.

at 5:55 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are they trying to lose and call it a season?

at 8:16 AM Blogger John Fay said...

I'm almost certain this is not Mackanin's call, i.e, Krivsky made the decision to bring Dumatrait back. Mackanin's the guy who pulled Dumatrait after two innings twice and said he didn't think he was ready for the majors. I don't think he got a vote on this one, although they announced it so late and with the wild ending to last night's game no one got a chance to ask Mackanin about it.

at 8:25 AM Blogger Dan H said...

Looking at the possibilities on the roster, there really isn't too much to choose from. All the other possibles have pitched within the last couple days and would be on short rest. And if Phillips does not get a gold glove for this season....!

at 8:34 AM Blogger John Fay said...

That's true. But they've known since Monday that they needed a starter. They could have held back Johnny Cueto or Matt Maloney. They're putting Dumatrait in a tough spot. Ten days ago, the manager said Dumatrait's not ready for the big leagues. Now he is in a semi-pennant race? After one so-so start in Triple-A.

at 8:40 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with John. Calling up Dumatrait was Krivsky's call. Were I Mackanin, I wouldn't cry over spilt runs. What I would do is have someone up loosening up in the pen starting in the first inning, and I'd pull Dumatrait at the first sign of trouble. If you yank him with the team down 2 or 3 runs, this club has demonstrated it can come back. However, if Mackanin lets the guy give up 10-14 runs, as he is statistically likely to, you completely demoralize a team playing exceptionally well. The other thing I'd do is play every game from here on out like it was the 7th game of the World Series. In that regard, I'd love to know how many runs the Reds have scored off squeeze bunts this year. Frankly, I can't remember one. Oh yeah, I forgot, no one on this team except Grasshopper knows how to bunt.

at 8:49 AM Blogger Dan H said...

Good point, but maybe their plan all along was to start Arroyo on short rest until he asked out of his last game for being toast or whatever. Arroyo did OK last year starting on short rest one time and if I recall it was also against the Cards. Whatever, the reasoning I'm sure it will be top secret!

at 11:19 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

this makes no sense at all why is it not maloney he pitched earlier this week and he wouldnt be pitching on short rest to start saturday this make no sense at all the kid can not throw a strike and even when he finally manages to throw one its being hit hard all over the place im sure pete didnt have nething to do with phil being bought back up and if wayne done this on his own i would tell bob casteillini give pete an extension and fire waynes u know what cuz petes winning with this team even though wayne keeps making decisions where its almost impossible to win they keep sayin cueto aint ready we dont wanna rush him hell hes gotta b more ready than phil he cant do no worse give someone else an opportunity damn

at 1:26 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

If the Dumatrait DISASTER redux is Krivsky's call, Krivsky needs to be fired.

This stinks.

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