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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, February 27, 2008

Phillies 8, Reds 1

The Phillies beat the Reds 8-1 in the spring opener.

Gary Majewski got ripped in the fifth: He gave up hits to six of the seven batters he faced. He left with one out and two runners on. Jon Coutlangus followed and gave up a three-run homer. That was the ball game.

Majewski's line: 1/3 IP, 6 hits, 6 runs. That's a 162.16 ERA.

"We're here to find out some things," Dusty Baker said. "We left some people out there longer than we normally would. That's what we're here for."

Adam Rosales got the Reds on the board with a home run in the seventh. Who is Adam Rosales, you ask? The Reds 12th-round pick in the 2005 draft. He combined to hit .286 with 41 doubles, 11 triples, 18 home runs and 79 RBI at Sarasota and Chattanooga.

Jeremy Affledt looked good vs. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Chase Utley in the first. He struck out Utley. He's got some pop on his fastball. No radar readout at Bright House, however.

The second didn't go so smoothly. Ryan Howard led off with a double to center. Pat Burrel followed with a single. Howard scored on Geoff Jenkins' double play. Pedro Feliz singled. Joey Votto made a nice play on Wes Helms hard-hit grounder to end the inning. That was it for Affeldt: 2 IP, 1 run or 3 hits, 1 strikeout.

“I’m a guy who doesn’t like to get into jams,” Affeldt siad. “But to get into one and get out it is nice. I had a good time.”

Jay Bruce singled with two outs in the second. That was extent of the offense for the Reds through three innings. Ancient Jamie Moyer had them a bit baffled.

Jim Brower took over for Affeldt and worked a 1-2-3 third, striking out one. Jared Burton followed Brower and pitched perfect fourth, striking out one.

Majewski's disaster followed.

Todd Coffey came in after Coutlangus and worked a perfect sixth. Jon Adkins worked a scoreless seventh, Brad Salmon the eighth.


92 Comments:

at 1:29 PM Blogger matt in wc said...

I'm listening online and noticed that Affeldt had 2 groundouts and hasn't given up a flyball yet. That's a potential good sign for GABP if he keeps it up.

 
at 1:31 PM Blogger matt in wc said...

Nevermind.

 
at 1:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is thought this game was going to be on 700 WLW? It's not.

 
at 1:32 PM Blogger BATSFAN said...

What happend Im at college in bowling green so i cant listen to it?

 
at 1:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where are you listening online at?

 
at 1:34 PM Blogger matt in wc said...

I'm listening online through mlb.com. It's $15 for the whole year. I travel alot for work, so it works well for me.

 
at 1:34 PM Blogger Grizzlyfox said...

mlb.com, either 15 or $20 for the entire year

 
at 1:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok. thanks. I don't know why it isn't online at 700 wlw.

thanks.

 
at 1:38 PM Blogger matt in wc said...

You can't listen to any of the games online at wlw because of the deal with mlb making money by selling it. Marty and Jeff are calling the game though.

 
at 1:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh. I didn't know. well that stinks. thanks for the info. now i can get back to work and stop searching the net for the game.

 
at 1:52 PM Anonymous MJ said...

They should at least give us the Spring Games for free and only begin charging when the season officially begins.

 
at 1:52 PM Blogger Will T. said...

So Freel has struck out both times so far. Jay Bruce should be the starting center fielder. Let him gain experience. I don't know how a guy like Freel is even an option. You can't say you want to be a contending team and start a guy like him or Hopper in Center.

 
at 1:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trade Brower to Jimbo NOW!!!

Old leatherpants doesn't quite enough former Reds from his era.

 
at 1:57 PM Blogger Joseph said...

You know batsfan, if you're in Bowling Green, Ohio, you might just try your AM radio. I've picked up the Reds over the airwaves in Topeka, Ind. (Amish country north of Fort Wayne) and in Pittsburgh.

If you're in Bowling Green, Ky., though, I don't know.

 
at 1:59 PM Blogger Will T. said...

I take that back. Hopper maybe. Freel no. He is a hustle player and a good guy to have on a team. But he is not a starter. And one thing that I have notice is everyone favoring Keppinger over Gonzalez. I am not saying Kepp isn't a good player, I like him alot. But if you look at Freel, after his first year with the Reds people wanted him to be an everyday player. He was a guy that couldn't hack it on other teams and has now been given a chance. I would like to see Kepp do it for more than a season before the Reds use him as a starter at one position everyday.

 
at 2:02 PM Anonymous Red Faced said...

I know just one game, just 2 at bats but man o man if Freel is going to bat leadoff for this team he has to make contact. Two strikeouts is not going to get it done. This is exactly why Freel should remain a utility player and not an everyday leadoff hitter.

 
at 2:04 PM Blogger Grizzlyfox said...

Freel and Kepp are great supersubs in my mind. Hopper? Well, he's gonna have to have a tremendously high BA to stay in the lineup, cuz he doesn't walk very much. Not a very scientific way to look at it but last year he hit 329 with a 371obp. Lets say he hits 289, a 40 point BA drop. Drop his obp 40 points to go with it and its sitting at .330, not particularly good for a guy with no power, and definitely not an everyday guy. There's a reason why Hamilton was able to start last year, those other two just aren't nearly as talented.

 
at 2:06 PM Blogger Joseph said...

I'd like to see the Reds get rid of Freel and let Keppinger fill the utility backup role this year.

Trade Freel for cash, then use the money to hire a contractor who can move back the outfield wall at GABP.

 
at 2:19 PM Blogger Don said...

Majewski picking up right where he left off last year.

 
at 2:27 PM Blogger matt in wc said...

yeah, not a good sign and especially when he wasn't pitching against their "A" hitters.

 
at 2:28 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Majewski is, as I said last year, utter garbage. Completely untalented hack. I can't wait until he's no longer a Red.

 
at 2:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Felipe Lopez is a better pitcher than Majewski!

 
at 2:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, a 7-run fifth inning, this is just like the Regular Season!

 
at 2:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

can someone post whats going on in these games,some of us really would like to read it and my kids would enjoy it after school..thank you

Bill from Dayton

 
at 2:37 PM Anonymous Z in Oxford said...

Please tell me you all are not ready to cut a guy over 2 at bats.

Remember Victor Santos, his amazing Spring, and how that worked out for us??

 
at 2:38 PM Anonymous Jack in Blue Ash said...

grizzlyfox..I read your post with great interest thank you for your insights.

I keep hearing that Keppinger is not an "everyday player". I am sorta lost..Does this mean that his motor will conk out, his battery will go dead,,his arm fall off? I am lost. I saw no drop off in performance after 50-60 games

I saw a team that played much better. Oh well..

As I stated before, Jules and I will be at the ballpark both honored with the opportunity to watch our team on a regular basis

 
at 2:45 PM Blogger BATSFAN said...

When are they going to give up on Majeswki im sure Gapper can do better than that!

 
at 2:45 PM Blogger Aaron said...

For those of you seeking an update... this was a close game 1-0 until Majewski made his grand entrance in the 5th inning. He threw 3 or 4 wild pitches, faced 9 batters and I am not sure how many earned runs but they scored 7 in the inning.

I guess all the upbeat (propaganda) pieces make no difference. He has killed this bullpen 2 yrs in a row and if he does it again we should riot outside GABP. DFA him immediately before he contaminates the rest of the team with his lameness.

 
at 2:47 PM Blogger Grizzlyfox said...

There really is no reason to believe Kepp can't be an everyday player someday. Right now though on this team he is best suited as a supersub. Get him time at first, second, third, short, the OF, he'll get plenty of ABs. And the turnaround last year also coincided with the firing of Narron, the emergence of Burton, Hopper coming on strong, Dunn playing better...lots of things went in to it.

 
at 2:51 PM Anonymous BigRedOne said...

Krisvky needs to come to grips with the fact Majewski will never pitch well for the Reds and give him his unconditional release. He's earned it. Stanton and Coffey should follow him out if the Reds want to compete.

 
at 2:57 PM Blogger BATSFAN said...

I agree Wayne just needs to admit he made a terrible trade and Leather pants pullled one over on him, mabey he can claim he was drunk when he made the trade or something.I just dont know why you would trust Jim thats kind of like a DUHHHHHHHHHHH!

 
at 2:57 PM Anonymous redsfanwoody said...

I'm thinking "Majic Man" and Coutlangus have hammered a couple of nails into their coffin.

 
at 2:58 PM Blogger Erik said...

I believe Gary M was charged with 6 runs and cooter gave up 1 run

 
at 3:07 PM Blogger BATSFAN said...

Hey I looked at a boxscore on MLB.com it says for the Spring Majewskis ERA is 162.00 is that bad?

 
at 3:09 PM Anonymous Red Faced said...

The Majic Man has an ERA of 162.00 That's slightly higher than it was last year at the end of the season isn't it? OH MAN, I'm glad he came in looking sooooo good to camp. I'm thinking the Majic Man needs to do a disappearing act.

Not a pretty game for the Reds but I think we are getting some good (and not so good) looks at some of our pitchers. Sounded like Burton had a strong inning.

 
at 3:09 PM Anonymous Jack in Blue Ash said...

I think many of you hammered me for weeks saying Majewski and others would be much better this year.. Oh well..lets stay positive its only game 1. I known that I still am psyched

 
at 3:13 PM Blogger Don said...

If he can get it down to below 120.00, he has a real shot of making this squad.

 
at 3:17 PM Blogger Jaybee said...

C. Trent Rosecrans is live blogging the games at 1530.com

Glad to see the former Cincy Post guy has surfaced with a Cincy connection.

 
at 3:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, small ball guys. Tell me again how useless Dunn and Griffey are. Today is a repeat of September. No punch. Three hits to score a run ain't gonna win a lot of games.

 
at 3:19 PM Anonymous Jack in Blue Ash said...

thank you grizzly..as i stated before.. I will just be happy to see all players play and I hope that Keppinger gets some decent time..i liked watching him hit..

If Julie and I get some decent pretzels at the ballpark..we will be in 7th heaven

 
at 3:19 PM Blogger Joseph said...

I'm really pleased with Majewski's performance. I applaud him for taking the very earliest opportunity to show Dusty he has no place on the team.

Good for him!

 
at 3:19 PM Blogger Jaybee said...

make that 1530homer.com

Sorry about that

 
at 3:21 PM Blogger Aaron said...

Oh Christ I'm dying laughing here...

yea the media really set this up with those "feel good" Majewski articles last week. Fool me once, shame on you... fool me twice shame on me...fool me three times... er we won't get fooled again!

 
at 3:25 PM Anonymous RJM said...

John this doesn't add up to 8-1.

Gary Majewski got ripped in the fifth: He gave up six runs on six hits and only got one out. Jon Coutlangus followed and gave up a three-run homer.

6+3=9. I know you went to Elder but come on.

 
at 3:27 PM Blogger Erik said...

The magic man should try throwing with his left hand because he has nothing left in his right arm

 
at 3:27 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Majewski gets credit for the runners who were on base when coutlanus gave up the bomb. 8-1

 
at 3:28 PM Blogger Aaron said...

The 3 run home run : 2 of those runners were inherited and thus Majewski gets charged with them... Coutlangus got charged with 1 run earned, and Majewski 6... 6+1 = 7.

 
at 3:28 PM Anonymous BigRedOne said...

I am very encouraged by Affeldt. All of his outs were either by strikeout or groundballs, no fly balls.

 
at 3:32 PM Blogger reaganspad said...

You guys are funny. Gary M. may not make it this year, but then again based on the dump Freel for 2 K's today? Really???? based exclusively on that logic:

Todd Coffey is again the man TODAY'S 1, 2, 3....
It would be nice to have the 2006 Coffey back
81 games 3.58 ERA,
78 innings, 7 HRs, 60 K's

The Cowboy said that he is mixing his pitches. Curve, Split, 0-2 fastball. Guess if Brantley says it, it's gospel...per earlier blog

Was this just the first game, oh well maybe things will change. Hope so, Kepp start at short and we got pasted

 
at 3:35 PM Anonymous Jack in Blue Ash said...

hiya reganspad what happened to that middle relief ya told me would be better..but I agree only the first game ..lets stay positive

 
at 3:36 PM Anonymous RJM said...

My apologies. I was unaware of the runners on base when Langus came in. Unfortunately, I am unable to listen to this beat down.

 
at 3:41 PM Anonymous Red Faced said...

Let's start an ERADeadPool to see who finishes the spring with the highest ERA. I know Majewski has a big head start but I have faith in Stanton.

I also thought Coffee had an excellent inning of work. He appears to have a problem bouncing back from a rough outing (some mental issues there) so let's see how he does the first time he gets into trouble. I'm rooting for him but I'm not that optimistic.

Same really goes for Freel, I'm not saying we have to trade him after just to AB's but come on, 2 strikeouts against Moyer! You bat 8th when you do that not leadoff.

Looking forward to seeing Belisle pitch. I think he will have an excellent year.

 
at 3:45 PM Blogger Aaron said...

Hmmm yea I think Mercker is good for an ERA around 9.00 or so and the rule 5 Valenzuela kid is definitely gonna get double digits, I'll go with 36.00.

I think Coffey is gonna be alright and make the club.

 
at 3:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

reaganspad...

enough with the coffey lovefest already, how many times are gonna post his '06 numbers?

as anyone who actually watches/listens to the reds knows, he was lights out for about 2.5 months in '06 before the wheels came off and he's been terrible ever since. remember john reidling? want to bring him back too? he was setting up for gravy in the independent league last i heard.

why don't you post his '07 numbers and '06 splits, 1st half vs. 2nd half, instead of trying to distort the reality of his suckitude with those '06 numbers?

 
at 4:03 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Six runs in a third of an inning...are you kidding me?!?! Majewski needs to be sent to Single A, and quick. It doesn't matter how good your starting rotation is when you've go no-talent relievers like him.

 
at 4:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Gary Majewski got ripped in the fifth: He gave up six runs on six hits and only got one out. Jon Coutlangus followed and gave up a three-run homer."

Uh, John, the score was 8-1, not 9-1.

 
at 4:13 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

After All-Star Cincinnati Reds 1 0 8.04 20 0 0 0 0 0 15.2 24 14 14 4 1 7 15
todd coffeys

8.04 ERA AFTER 2006 allstars break for todds coffey lololololol REGENSPAD WANTS THSI BACK IS PAD NUTS IN THE NOGGIN

 
at 4:19 PM Blogger Aaron said...

I guess John should have said "Majewski was charged with 6 runs" because a couple of you apparently can't figure out that Coutlangus inherited two runners.

 
at 4:25 PM Blogger Grizzlyfox said...

More important than looking at all the pitchers is to focus on the one's that are basically locks and see how they did. Affeldt, not too bad, got hit by Burrell and Howard, not much you can do about that. Burton? Got Utley, Howard, and Burrell in order. So the two guys that are basically assured spots? Pretty good days. Then out of the rest of the guys, the three with somewhat realistic shots at making the team weren't as good. Coffey gave a strong showing, Cooter struggled, and Majewski just got ripped. But there's a decent chance none of those three are on the opening day roster, so nothing to get excited about.

 
at 4:40 PM Blogger reaganspad said...

So Anon 3:56 and 4:13. I guess you are the same person.

Are you trying to say that Coffey had a rediculously low ERA in the first half of 2006 so that his overall ERA is 3.58???

I have no idea what you are posting other than he had a stretch of 15 bad innings (GUESS THAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN YOU PITCH IN 81GAMES), but you make my point, I will take the 2006Todd Coffey

Maybe you should harness some of that anger for the Cubs, instead of the Reds

 
at 5:25 PM Blogger Brandon said...

I dunno the Brewers could be tough to, also rumors they might try and move Capuano cause they a flux of pitchers.

Anyone else think that this is going to be an exciting NL central year and that everyone has a shot but the pirates and probably the cards?

 
at 5:38 PM Anonymous mgarner543 said...

4.13 anon,

Please get your numbers right. The 8+ second half era is Coffey's stats for the 2007 season, not the 2006 year as you say they are. The splits for Coffey's 2006 season are as follows:

Pre-Allstar: 46 innings, 3.52 era, 31K, 17BB, and a .282 opp BA

Post-Allstar: 32 innings, 3.66 era, 29K, 10BB, and a .264 opp BA

Those numbers are pretty similiar and might be slightly better after the break, so the 2006 Coffey appears to have been fairly consistent. If he returns to that kind of performance then he should be in the bullpen. I am afraid that his 2007 is more like what we will see this year....kind of like Majewski, one good year (05) but then the hitters figure him out and pound him for the rest of his career.

 
at 5:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im glad to see everyone is thinking positive

 
at 5:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

This isn't just in response to the Magic Man's exploits today but I think a real sleeper reliever could be Marcus McBeth. I came away with every appearance last year thinking he had great stuff and just needed a little time to harness it (even when the stats were a little shaky). If I remember correctly, he only started pitching a couple of years ago after coming up as an OF and I think he could really help out when guys suck, get hurt, etc. John: have you seen him much this spring and how did he look?

BPhil4Prez

 
at 5:44 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

where is all the folks who were trying to sell everyone Coutlangus was an All-Star at? Like me and a few others said, Coutlangus got ripped his last few games, and once scouting reports came out on him, he was sunk. He only looked good becuase he was on a horrible pen, and no one had anything on him. Him and Majewski need not be on the opening day roster.

 
at 6:10 PM Anonymous mgarner543 said...

Coutlangous is a stud.....as long as the batter is a lefty. 1.02 era over 17.2 innings against lefties. Problem is those pesky righies, 6.94 era over 23.1 innings.....

Its a shame every other manager knows this too because as soon as Cooter comes in they bring in the righty pinch hitter. The rest of the NL Central would probably love to have him out there against Griffey, Dunn, Votto, and Bruce.

He will never be a quality pitcher till he learns to get a righty or two out. Oh, and Dobbs is a lefty....better hope he doesnt forget how to get them out or he wont have a chance at all.

 
at 6:11 PM Anonymous Jack in Blue Ash said...

hi reaganspad i saw your post on the other thread. I am not negative about all reds players

we have met David Weathers, Josh H MattB, Keppinger, Phillips and a couple of others..rather nice dudes

Yet,I am concerned at this point in time about the lack of success that this team has had the past seven years and I don't exist in La la Land pretending otherwise.

But Julie and i will be at our 30-40 games rooting for the team Reaganspad. And we would love for you to join us anytime. And no reaganspad we dont wear uniforms of any team ,,we are adults

have a nice evening..

 
at 6:15 PM Anonymous Jack in Blue Ash said...

hi garner ..unfortunately there are many of those right handed hitting batters in the majors.C is Far from a stud

have a nice evening

 
at 6:18 PM Blogger John Fay said...

I'd caution against making too much spring training stats, especially early on. That said, that atroubling start for Majewski.

I haven't seen McBeth throw this spring, but I impressed with him last year.

 
at 6:18 PM Anonymous BigRedOne said...

RIP Gary Majewski. Good luck with your new team.

 
at 6:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to the game today and it was a terrible game to try to judge people. It was 55 and a 25 mph wind, the first game and philly had most of their starters in plus jamie moyer pitching several innings. Actually all the reds pitchers looked fine except majewski and coutlangis on one pitch. Votto, bruce and Janish looked like they belonged in the majors. Rosales was a joy to watch playing hard and hitting a home run with 82 on his back!

 
at 6:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Think about this: W.K.says "Gary Maje.. is a very solid/strong set up man".This idiotic statement after making a trade blunder.Yes Bob C., thanks for making Cluless the EX GM !!WAKE UP CINCY FIRE KRIVSKY----ANGRY IN DAYTON

 
at 6:55 PM Anonymous MONEY MIKE said...

critical on the first game...ha...impressive...spring training has a purpose...shake off the kinks, work of the rust, and let those that need to prove something prove it...i have never really paid much mind to any stats from spring training because its TRAINING...Were talking about practice, not a game, not a game...practice

 
at 6:58 PM Anonymous MONEY MIKE said...

"wake up cincy fire krivsky" please add something of substance rather than the same bashing of krivdawg on EVERY post you make...heck at least say something new and stupid like fire Jocketty or something of an igornant nature.

 
at 7:09 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Think about this: W.K.says "Gary Maje.. is a very solid/strong set up man".This idiotic statement after making a trade blunder.Yes Bob C., thanks for making Cluless the EX GM !!WAKE UP CINCY FIRE KRIVSKY----ANGRY IN DAYTON

 
at 7:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Money Mike:The man in Dayton is a bit much, but so far W.K. has not done much.Our 70-92 needs to get much better in 08 for him to stay.Walt J. is here for a reason...lets hope things work out better than todays poor showing !!H IN HYDE PARK

 
at 7:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ugh! Hey Mad in dayton/coach/mason/ky/and every other place you think your from. Your almost as bad as CSA/Jack in blue ash with the multiple post. Give it a rest.

If you hadn't noticed. Krivsky is still the G.M.

 
at 7:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am just blown away by Majewskis outing. I've done a little pitching (amatuer) but its been a good 15 years. Im not being sarcastic or funny when I say this, but I think I could have done better. What has he been doing for the past week and a half? Seriously, I KNOW its his first outing, but this cant happen, EVER.

I am happy with Krivsky and I like Dusty, but if this guy goes north Im going to put up one of those fire Krivsky posts followed by a fire Dusty post.

For the record I think those posts are juvenille and pointless.

-Kevin in Ft Myers

 
at 7:44 PM Anonymous BigRedOne said...

So Majewski gets ripped during the regular season........he gets ripped in spring training and he probably gets ripped when pitching to high schoolers in the offseason. At what point do you decide he is WORTHLESS? Wake up Reds fans!

 
at 7:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The more I think about this the more I think the "its just spring training" thing doesnt hold water. Not in this case.

If Big Papi goes 0 for 3 in his first game, you say "its just spring training".

If Harang gives up 3 runs on 5 hits in his first, you say "its just spring training".

This guy is basically trying to make the club, so if he cant get up for that, and do whatever he nedds to do to prepared and even be close to competitive, hes just a bum.

Again I like Krivsky, but this guy is his biggest mistake.

-Kevin in Ft Myers

 
at 8:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last post on this, I promise.

This guy basically just showed up for a job interview in flip flops and cargo shorts, listening to an ipod, and drinking a beer.

K in FM

 
at 8:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have to see some sort of competitivness by some of these players! Did Majesk knock anyone down ???No,if W.K. & Dust don't cut him tomorrow they aren,t doing their job

 
at 9:25 PM Blogger redfuture said...

I have not been a supporter of Coffey at all, but if Brantley's comments have merit, Todd was actually throwing good splitters and other off speed pitches. I have been pretty comfortable leaving him off the roster because it's hard to fit everybody else I want on there with him around, but if he continues this type of work he will have to make it.
So prospective RPs are:
Fogg, long man
Affeldt, lefty specialist
Mercker, lefty speicalist
Coffey, 6th inning
Weathers, 7th inning
Burton, 8th inning
Cordero, 9th inning.

 
at 10:00 PM Blogger Hugh D. Pohl said...

Kevin in Ft. Myers (fellow Floridian) I often agree with you but I don't on Majewski. I think he is just snake-bitten at this point with the Reds. I doubt it is for lack of trying. I imagine he is either pressing or is a head case at this point. He was injured and tired when he came over from Washington and fell way short of the lofty expectations we had for him. He has never been the same since. If he continues like his has been, they sould put him out of his misery. Poor guy.

 
at 10:52 PM Anonymous Red Faced said...

Could someone please convince Majewski that we are moving to Arizona for the remainder of Spring Training and put him on a bus?

Looking forward to tomorrow's game.

 
at 12:14 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ Mr. Fay -

Whats your thoughts on Jon Coutlangus making the squad this year. He seems to be a pretty fun, outgoing guy, whats his chances of sticking around the show for a while?

 
at 7:41 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The splits for Coffey's 2006 season are as follows:

Pre-Allstar: 46 innings, 3.52 era, 31K, 17BB, and a .282 opp BA

Post-Allstar: 32 innings, 3.66 era, 29K, 10BB, and a .264 opp BA"

OK, now let's take out the September -06 numbers when he's pitching meaningless games vs. AAAA guys...

2007 - 5.28 ERA, .323 BAA (!!), 1.75 WHIP.

June 06 - 5.84 ERA, .271 BAA, 1.54 WHIP
July 06 - 5.59 ERA, .419 BAA, 2.07 WHIP (!!)
August 06 - 5.79 ERA, .276 BAA, 1.71 WHIP

How anyone who has watched this guy pitch for the last season and a half could want him anywhere near this year's bullpen in a role other than sweeping up sunflower seeds is beyond me.

 
at 7:49 AM Anonymous Jack in Blue Ash said...

I have never been that enamored with Todd Coffey..although as most of you know the entire bullpen has left me at a loss and this issue still tempers my enthusiasm

I see Keppinger had a hit yesterday..the man is a hitting machine

Yet its very early in pre season and both Julie and I will try to remain positive. At this point in time we are more concerned about the quality of pretzels served at GABP

 
at 10:52 AM Blogger reaganspad said...

H IN HYDE PARK, the Reds were 72-90 last year.

Kevin in Ft. Meyers: Pitchers work on different pitches in Spring Training. I have no idea if Gary M. was working on something yesterday, but we all know that Affedlt needs to work on his change this spring.

Jack, Kepp got picked off yesterday, so even the "smartest player on the roster" needs work.

to the Reds fans who love to bash Todd Coffey, move it to Dempster and the Cubs. Coffey came up through our system and he is a loyal Red. If he gets beat out for a job, great then we have someone better on the team. But why do you bash our guys?

I can't wait until we win 90 games and all you guys blow away, or worse, say that you are the biggest fan of the guys you have been bashing daily in this blog: Coffey, Dunn, Griffey, Gonzales, Krivsky

 
at 11:19 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

very nice reaganspad, now that someone posts the numbers that refute your inane assertion that coffey is a quality pitcher, you change your argument to " we should keep him cause he's a loyal red."

pfft.

if that's your criteria, your knowledgge of the game is sorely lacking.

and why would anyone who's a reds fan waste their time ripping dempster, sure he's terrible, but he's not costing the reds any games is he?

 
at 11:35 AM Anonymous Red Faced said...

reaganspad,is Coffee your son or something? My loyalty is to the Reds, to the uniform and not to any player in particular. I do have some favorites and others I can't stand for one reason or another but the bottom line is these guys need to perform. It's just like a business. If you have someone who is not pulling their weight, not doing their job and bringing the rest of the team down then you have to remove them no matter how much you like the guy or how loyal he's been. It's just business and baseball is afterall a business. So if Coffee has a rough spring and looks more like the Coffee of 2007 and less like the Coffee of early 2006 then I'm going to tell you that he needs to be gone. The same goes for Majewski, he's NEVER performed for this team, I think he's a head case and for the good of the team and most likely for his own good he needs to go somewhere else and try to start all over again. He might be a nice guy I don't know but the bottom line is if he isn't getting it done (and he's not) then he doesn't need to be here.

 
at 7:04 PM Blogger reaganspad said...

Red Faced. It's "Coffey" not the drink. No I am not related. Yes, he was our best reliever in 2006, and I hope he has a year like 06 in 08.

Anon 11:19. Who are you anyway? You just don't matter do you, or you would have a name, or a post handle.

I really like guys who come up through the Reds system. I like to follow them in the minors, and see them jump to the majors.

To many people on this blog want to fire about 15 guys off our roster. Guess they would be replaced by 15 guys named anonymous

 
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