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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 14, 2007

Reds 6, Brewers 5

Adam Dunn violated the Pete Mackanin's one-game-at-a-time credo.

"We sweep these guys and the Cubs and you never know," Dunn said.

In National League Central, you do indeed never know. The Reds have won four in a row and are two games out of the third place. Friday night, Tom Shearn, he of the 12-year minor league career, outpitched Ben Sheets, he of the golden arm.

The Reds probably aren't going to catch the Cubs or Brewers, but it's beginning to look like they're going to avoid an awful September. They're 8-9 for the month. They're nine games over .500 under Mackanin.

The Mackanin Futures Line has to back to even money.

Back to Dunn, he hit a two-run homer he's up to 103 RBI, a career-high.

"That's exciting," he deadpanned. "No, 103 isn't a big number. I want to keep improving and have a three or four in front that three some day."


at 11:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Trade Dunn faction will be sorry if Dunn's not on the Reds next year.

at 1:35 AM Blogger OhioJim said...

Since football season has started, perhaps it is appropriate to say this even in a baseball blog,

"Just win baby, just win"!!

at 2:04 AM Blogger robby said...

So where are the bloggers tonight after Phillips cadillacs his way to an out on a drive off the center field wall? Griffey stands at home and people on this site can't let it go. Talk radio hosts go on and on about it for over a week. Can't wait to hear all the talk about how Phillips is lazy and shouldn't be in a Reds uniform. (Of course I'm joking) But Phillips admires his shots just like Griffey, just like many other major league players. Is it aggravating? Yes. Does it deserve the kind of attention it got when it was Griffey a couple weeks ago? Of course not. At least Griffey had sense enough to stop at first and not get thrown out at second.

at 2:52 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't say Pete Mackanin has a one-game-at-a-time credo. Remember a few weeks ago when PM stated "if we win 8-10 in a row and the other team's beat up on each other,you never know"

Remember a couple of weeks ago, after a Friday night loss to St. Louis, when PM mentioned "pennant race" Remember John, what PM said to you when you stated that the Reds had inched their way back in to contention?

Washington, Texas, Kansas City, Pittsburgh and the Reds all have had multiple 4,5 and even 6 game winning streaks this year. Have those winning streaks meant very much? Look at the standings to find the answer.

This organization has been living in fantasy land for about 7 years!

at 3:16 AM Anonymous redifil said...

"We sweep these guys and the Cubs and you never know," Dunn said.

Hey, I like it. Play it to the bitter - or maybe not-so-better - end. Might as well put the kibosh on those people.
Dunn's words indicate a good attitude, and he's playing pretty darn well.

at 8:18 AM Anonymous CantonRedsFan said...

"We sweep these guys and the Cubs and you never know," Dunn said.

Actually, Adam, we DO know unfortunately. Thanks to Mackanin doing his best Bob Boone impression against the Pirates a couple of weeks ago we lost any chance to pull this thing off. Bummer, too, because with this lineup we could have done some damage in October.

at 12:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe it bodes well for the future?

The bullpen is coming around a little and the line up is good.

If Shearn can pitch well over an entire season and Belisle improves, the Reds would need one more decent starter to compete. The NL Central division isn't the AL Central or the AL East so the Reds could be competitive.

at 1:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea, always play pretty good at the end of the season to get an extended contract for the interim manager and himself as the Reds always do when they are out of it. Next year, he will be saying the same thing! Enjoy the circus!

at 1:22 PM Anonymous Sparky's Ghost said...

Adam Dunn, 10th in the NL in OPS. I wonder if Krivsky knows what OPS is?

What a shame they waited so long with bringing Votto up. He could have come up and been better than Scoff Hattenine back in May. But he was of course "an unproven minor leaguer", and we all know that major league regulars are hatched out of pods from Mars, not someone's farm system. And the Reds were favored to win the NL Central this spring (NOT), so they needed every last 39-year-old they could squeeze in the lineup. It Is Written.

at 2:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

CantonRedsFan is right on. Against the Pirates, Mac messed with a good thing. He needs the words "Dont fix it if it aint broken" engraved on his hand.


at 3:35 PM Anonymous Aaron said...

Great point robby. The fact that nobody has written or spoken about it proves your point.

at 6:02 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Where do some of you guys get those rose colored glasses? The Reds have been out of it since the end of April.

Robby, this is precisely why the Reds have got to get rid of Griffey. What a terrible influence on the younger players.

at 6:10 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

"That's exciting," he deadpanned. "No, 103 isn't a big number. I want to keep improving and have a three or four in front that three some day."

He says the right things most of the time, despite the bad influence of Ken Griffey Jr that has rubbed off on him in the past. My opinion of Adam Dunn has much changed for the better this season despite his ineptitude in left field.

IF you can get rid of either Griffey or Dunn, the obvious choice is Griffey, but no one wants him.

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