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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, September 7, 2007

Reds 11, Brewers 4

The Reds scored six in the first, two in the second, two in the third. Despite that, Bronson Arroyo did not become disoriented and forget which team he was pitching for. Arroyo had been getting 3.9 runs per game in support.

"Six runs in the first inning is a beautiful thing," he said.

A beautiful thing indeed for Pete Mackanin. The Reds are 33-26 since he took over. Twenty-two games remain. How many of them do the Reds have to win for Mackanin to be back? I don't think there's a finite number. But I think he needs to avoid a September collapse to have a chance.


at 11:37 PM Blogger Bengal43 said...

Would you ask whoever runs Reds.com why they still have Belisle as #28?

at 1:10 AM Blogger Taylor said...


What is your overall reaction to the Rick Ankiel story about the alleged use of HGH?

at 7:22 AM Blogger Redsheart said...


Arroyo has a great chemistry with Valentin, I guess. When I went to PNC Park August 28, I realized Ross couldn't help him.
He gets much support from the offense when Javier plays.

at 8:40 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think McKanin has shown enough to be strongly considered for manager next year. The Reds have played hard since he took over and almost put themselves back into contention, but understandably, fell just short.

That being said, its counter-productive to hang Pete's future on the team's record the next 22 games. His priority should be getting the young guys as much playing time as possible, which often times isn't congruent with winning. If the Reds limp into the finish line it isn't a big deal as long as guys like Hatteburg and Griffey are getting lots of rest.

at 11:24 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mackanin's done a good enough job to be considered for the permanent job, but I would only give him a one-year deal. Let's not forget that in his most important games as manager -- the Pirates doubleheader -- he reverted to sub-Dave Miley. Great managers aren't governed by the "book" or the law of averages or righty/lefty matchups and they aren't concerned about making multi-million dollar prima donnas play a double-header because it might make them too tired. They also know how to manufacture runs with stolen bases, hit and runs and squeeze bunts. Give me one example of a game where Mac manufactured a run.

at 1:04 PM Blogger Phill said...

It's hard to manufacture runs when seemingly half your lineup can't lay bunts down.

at 2:07 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Half? Apart from Ross and Hopper, who can bunt on this team? Any chance any of the staff can teach bunting, oh, I don't know, maybe by Opening Day 2008?

There has to be a better manager out there to hire. Mac sure looks like a genius when the Reds go up 10-0. In close games, he sure looks like Narron. After the Reds dump Griffey and Dunn, there won't be too many 10-0 leads after three.

at 2:16 PM Blogger Dan H said...

If the pitching staff (at least 1 proven veteran #2 or #3 type starter and bullpen help) is not up-graded it won't matter who gets the manager's job. Pitching up-grade is the one most important item to address this off season. A good solid right handed bat would also help (Cantu?).On a different subject- Alex Gonzalez has to be your everyday ss next year. Keppinger is adequate for occasional starts at short but defensively Gonzalez (hopefully his son's health is better next year) is the man for that spot. defense up the middle needs to be solid. Ross,Phillips, Gonzalez,Hamilton provide that, but pitching is needed! It MUST be improved and with a weak division contending in the NL Central is not that far off.

at 2:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous 1:07 David Ross can bunt? Are you serious? Check your stats. I doubt he has successfully sacrificed bunted more than once or twice all year. He's a horrible bunter ... and a worse hitter. Grasshopper is the only guy on the club who has a clue how to bunt.

at 2:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous 1:29. Check the stats? Where do you find bunting stats? I saw Ross lay down a superb bunt, oh, in May, or was it June? Compared to everyone else except for Hopper, I thought that meant Ross was the #2 bunting "go-to" guy?

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