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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, August 15, 2007

Looks like Santos

Pete Mackanin said Victor Santos will likely start Saturday. Starting Johnny Cueto was discussed. "I haven't seen him throw," Mackanin said. "He's got a future. I wouldn't recommend (him starting Saturday)." Of course, Santos won't start if they need him in the bullpen, the next two days. That's what happened last time. They ended up moving Bobby Livingston up a day.


at 6:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John what are your thoughts on Cueto decision? Do you think he would benefit more from starting playoff games at AA or from starting a game in the majors as a spot starter and maybe getting a permanent call up in September? Obviously the Reds think the AA playoff games are better for him. I'm not sure what I think. How do you feel on the subject? It really seems like the Reds regime is very tenative when calling up prospects. Do you have any insight as to why this would be on a team out of the playoff chase?


at 6:52 PM Blogger John Fay said...

I'd bring him up. But I don't think the Reds will. He was sent to Double-A because Belisle is going to start at Triple-A.

The Reds seem more intent on salvaging something out of this year than checking out guys for next year. It's puzzling to me as to why.

at 7:01 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

What the hell are the Reds doing? Why are Conine and Hatteburg still here? What does Castellini and/or Krivsky expect to salvage out of this season.? Fifth place, maybe? As a fan, I am fed up with this approach. I don't want to see Victor Santos, or Mike Stanton, or Gary Majewski, or Wayne Krivsky ever again. Wake up Mr Castellini, your GM is alienating your biggest asset, the fans.

at 7:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that the Reds are playing to salvage the season. This makes no sense!!!! If they call up some of the young guys, attendance will probably increase as people want to see if they are any good. Let me guess, in September Wayne is going to continue with the current roster and say he wants to be fair to the other teams in the playoff race by playing our best players.

at 7:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi John,
Quick thought about next year. We could start the season with Votto, Hamilton, Griffey, Dunn or Bruce, and Phillips as our big bats. Only Phillips is right-handed. Do we have any promising RH hitters in the minor leagues?

at 7:46 PM Blogger John Fay said...

None that can help next year, unless I'm missing someone.

at 8:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, You were lobbying pretty hard for Homer to come up this year (and last year), look how well that turned out. Err on the side of caution when it comes to pitchers.

Not every 21 year old "hard" throwing pitcher is ready. Why waste options and start service clocks when the pitcher isn't ready.

Although, Cueto is a lot closer to being ready than Homer. Cueto will have a 5x better career than Homer if he can stay healthy.

at 8:39 PM Blogger Scott in NC said...

Even if the reason for starting Santos is because they still think they can salvage the season, that's no way to do it.

When you have a bullpen that's already beat up, worn-out and ineffective, plucking one of them out to spot start is only going to make things worse.

Bringing up Cueto is the best chance of winning a game and helping out a tired bullpen.

at 8:51 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting article on Jr. Was this really said or was he misquoted? http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2976559

at 9:14 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Look at this way: Had the Reds given Bailey a couple of starts late last year, he may have been better this year. I don't think you gain anything for next year by starting Santos.

I don't know if Cueto is ready or not. But starting Saturday would help to find out.

at 9:19 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is great to hear that Cueto will have a 5x better career than Bailey. So if Bailey gets to say 70 career wins you're saying that Cueto will win 350. Get me my Cueto jersey now I'll be able to wear it with pride for the next half century. Hey I think and hope Cueto will have a great career, but I also think Bailey will be at least a solid starter. I would think that Bailey could get over 100 career wins.


at 9:30 PM Blogger John Fay said...

If Griffey said that, I didn't hear it. He was holding court in the clubhouse -- informally. The talk was about fashion, not baseball. I can't believe he was actually miffed.

at 9:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Optimism? Are you really a Reds fan? Optimism is not allowed on Reds Blogs. (sarcasm)

Personally Cueto reminds me of Roy Oswalt (a little). Bailey sort of reminds me of Aaron Heilman.

I myself am more of a realist.

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