Vs. Lefties and TBA
The Reds are 41-42 against right-handed starters. They're 20-30 against left-handed starters.
So I asked Pete Mackanin if he ever thought of simply using the lineup he uses against right-handers and likes so well against left-handers.
“I do think about that,” he said. “But I want to play Keppinger and Cantu to keep them sharp. Hamilton, Dunn and even Hatteberg haven't fared well against left-handers. You want to Keppinger and Cantu sharp. This is an obvious chance to do it.”
Dunn is hitting .230 against lefties, Hamilton .219, Hatteberg .216. Keppinger is hitting .429 vs. LHs, Cantu .400 and Hopper .359.
By the way, it's still TBA for Saturday's starter. I really am stumped on this one. Michael Gosling? Kirk Saarloos started last night. Johnny Cueto started last night for Chattanooga. Matt Maloney started the night before. I can't imagine they'd bring Phil Dumatrait back.
If I had to guess, I'd say Victor Santos, who is scheduled to start Saturday Louisville. But I only say that because I can't think of anyone else.