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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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Saturday, March 8, 2008

Reds 13, Braves 8

"I knew it was going to be a high-scoring game with that wind," Dusty Baker said. "This was like a Wrigley Field game."

They didn't put any on Waveland Avenue, but the Reds pounded the Braves 13-8 this afternoon on day when the kept the flag in left field standing at attention.

The Reds scored three in the first off former Red Buddy Carlisle. Jeff Keppinger singled. Junior Griffey doubled. Brandon Phillips got them home with a double. Edwin Encarnacion drove in a Phillips with a single. It went on like that from there.

Jeremy Affledt faced the minimum six in the first two innings. He walked the first two of the third. Both runners ended up scoring.

Phillips hit a home run in the third.

Affeldt struggled in the fourth. Diory Hernandez hit a two-run shot to center that doesn't make the warning tracak on a normal day but the blowing straight out to left.
Still, Affeldt's line was not good: 3 1/3 IP, 6 hits, 6 runs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts.

"He's threw the ball good," Baker said. "He's got to throw strikes and eliminate those walks."

Although most of the day was done in the fourth, Affeldt said he did not tire.

"I felt good," he said. "My stuff felt good. It just didn't work out today."

Reds scored three in the fourth on an error, a sac fly and an RBI groundout. Reds scored two more in the fifth -- RBI double from Javy Valentin, RBI groundout by by Jay Bruce, who was back in the lineup after missing five days with a quad strain, albeit at DH.

"He'll play in the field tomorrow," Baker said.


60 Comments:

at 2:31 PM Blogger docproc said...

John:

Do you know how to email Marty B. during the game? I want to let him know that I'm taking my radio outside to shovel snow while listening to him and his son call the game!

 
at 3:57 PM Blogger Jack in Blue Ash said...

I see Keppinger continues to hit.. Its a shame the scouts and experts say he cant field worth a darn.. Too funny

Julie RN

 
at 4:47 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

I agree with Jack/Nancy(???)- Kepp keeps improving his chances of winning a job outright, somewhere on the field.If you can hit(Which Kepps been doing consiently) ,get on base,score runs, & play not to shabby defense(Which last time I checked he does a pretty good job with the glove) Then he should start no matter what.

A-GONE will be is new name soon,trust me.I like A-gon;He makes for good trade bait,he's a great guy, a good dad, & a solid player.Seriously, I like the guy,but what's best for the team is really the bottomline.

The one thing the reds really need is a singles guy, a high OBP%, scores runs,a guy who has a good eye, some decent speed, some power, clutch,young enough to grow, someone who can manufacture runs, play solid defense, & be a team player.Kepp fills that role!Not flashy,just get's the job done & get's it done well!!!(Ex.Paul Oneil,how many rings did he retire with???point made)

The reds have plenty of power hitters & not enough of the Rose,Oneil,Kepp style players.He fills a void that is needed within this team.A-gon is a power hitting SS that plays solid defense but comes with a high price tag,trade him somewhere, get more pitching help & a catcher that can hit & play defense.

This two catcher tandem is getting on my nerves,1 can hit & 1 can play solid defense.Just get one guy that can do both which open's up roster space for needed players & saves money in the long run.

A-gone is expendable in my eyes.

 
at 4:49 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

I agree with Jack/Nancy(???)- Kepp keeps improving his chances of winning a job outright, somewhere on the field.If you can hit(Which Kepps been doing ready & steady) ,get on base,score runs, & play not to shabby defense(Which last time I checked he does a pretty good job with the glove) Then he should start no matter what.

A-GONE will be is new name soon,trust me.I like A-gon;He makes for good trade bait,he's a great guy, a good dad, & a solid player.Seriously, I like the guy,but what's best for the team is really the bottomline.

 
at 5:03 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I assume "the field" means RF. We know Dusty won't play him in CF.

 
at 5:03 PM Blogger Jack in Blue Ash said...

redlegg in colorado..john fay asked us not to attack one another. I am a woman, I know sports, and I actually get to see the reds on a regular basis and if this offends you I am sorry

 
at 5:04 PM Blogger Jack in Blue Ash said...

Julie RN

 
at 5:15 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

Are you kidding me??? Where did I offend you???I said Nancy instead of Julie,I got you name wrong.Moving On,now!!!

If you read the post I agree with you(or whomever) is posting,kepp should earn a spot starting.Nobody was verbally attacking anyone.Calm down & quit being so sensitive,THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL !!!!

 
at 5:25 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

Anon 5:13 -Kepps chances of getting in the OF are slim,but is an open option for a RF or LF down the rd.I don't think CF is something he can do,but You never say never till you know for sure. It's either SS,3B,or 1B at this point.SS looks like the best option for him as of NOW.

Yes,I was being a little overzealous when I said "somewhere on the field".

He can flat out hit,a solid OBP%, manufacture runs,plays solid defense & scores runs.The guy needs to play,bottomline.I hate the super utility(Narron micro manager strategy) role too,let the guy play one position,day in day out.Players seem to play better in that role than as a super sub.

 
at 5:27 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You win with defense up the middle, which is why Keppinger will never be the guy at short. Agree that Agone is not the answer at that price tag, but think we are stuck there.

We do need to make a move for a catcher-have not heard of anyone in Reds system worth the wait. MAybe we can trade one of our pitching prospects (Volquez) because than the Hamilton trade would not be the waste it currently appears to be.

I like Dunn, just not at $10+ million...same for Grif. CAnnot afford to ahve that much tied up in 1-2 guys.

Am headed to Sarasota next week--cannot wait to escape the cold.

Scott

 
at 5:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

did I read the line on Coutlangus correctly....1 IP, 3 hits, 2 runs, 2 ER.......this guy has been horrible, no way he makes the opening day roster.

 
at 5:40 PM Blogger Jack in Blue Ash said...

We saw absolutely no problems with Keppinger defensively..He reminds me of Cal Ripken in many ways..not flashy but sure can hit

Julie RN

 
at 5:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha Ha. Keppinger reminds someone of Cal Ripkin. That actually made me laugh.

 
at 5:48 PM OpenID bart756 said...

please tell me you didn't just lump Pete Rose, Paul O'Neil and Jeff Keppinger together... Kepp should play, and he will... But Pete Rose...com'on...you mean Ty Cobb right? I compare Kepp to Polanco, seen as soley as bench player in St. Louis, but one of the best 2nd basemen now since given the chance. He deserves his shot, he may fail, who knows, but its not like AGON is such a huge asset that it isn't worth seeing.

 
at 5:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

On another thread, Jack/Julie/whatever said that Josh Hamilton has the talent of Mickey Mantle. Hell of a talent evaluator.

 
at 5:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are getting carried away guys...Ryan Freel reminds me of Mickey Mantle

 
at 5:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hamilton may also have a career similar to Rocket Ismail

 
at 5:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Norris Hopper reminds me of Willie Mays.

 
at 5:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

See,
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/stats?playerId=6076&context=fielding

vs.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/stats?playerId=3916&context=fielding

For 2007, according to ESPN, Kepp had better range and fielding percentage than Gonzo at SS.

 
at 5:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Think jack does that on purpose but he aint that wrong about Josh Hamilton. He has all the talent in the world and if he stays healthy he will be great, Defensively he is better than M Mantle aready I just checked Cal Ripkens statistics and he had a lifetime 276 batting average and was considered to be a good but not great fielder

 
at 6:05 PM Blogger Matt said...

81 runs in the last 10 games is pretty promising. Although we've given up 74 in the same stretch. A lot of spring training runs are loaded on one or two pitchers who can't find the plate or haven't worked out the kinks.

I think Keppinger will continue to add pressure by being in so many rallies. I hope they are aggressive with the hit-and-run. He makes a lot of solid contact and it will cut down double plays for Hopper/Freel/Patterson to be moving. Dusty could add 10 points to his average that way.

 
at 6:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats a big IF considering a 7 year drug binge... there are a ton of great IF's. I agree Kepp should start and lets see. The defensive numbers at ESPN don't mean a thing, It shows that 07 was one of AGON's worst years defensively, and AGON had more chances..nearly 4 to 1..but it also says David Eckstien has better range than either one.. so i ain't buyin'!

 
at 6:16 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

Bart-It's the "type" of player that Kepp reminds me of.Not flashy,just does his job & does it well.

Rose & Oneil were blue collar ball players that were not flashy,just did their job's & had success from doing that.Kepp carries that spirit,not the stat's,record's,or rings.

 
at 6:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ripken was a gold glove shortstop.. he owns the highest single-season fielding percentage for a shortstop. a 19 time all star, started 17 cons. all-star games... yeah, he was avaerage!

 
at 6:32 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

Power hitting is overrated,it's all or nothing.Kepp brings a different "style" to the plate.He gets on base,scores runs,manufactures runs, & play's solid defense.(His defense was solid last season & was never a "harmful" liability to the team,remember Lopez,his hitting was decent but couldn't play defense,yet nobody complained about him)

What's not to like & at a better rate than a-gone.If anyone was really watching the 2nd half last season would see what I 'm talking about.He proven himself there,he's proving himself in ST, & the bottomline is the reds need more quality pitching & cut this damn catching duo of one can do this while the other can't.A-gone is better trade bait then kepp, being he's more proven

The catching issue is something that needs to be addressed.Get a guy that can do everything,save roster space for needed players,& save money in the long run.Paul Bako stats for ST don't look to bad though,I'm just not familiar with him or what he can do with the defensive(or Offensive) side of things.

 
at 6:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

He set the AL shortstop season record for fielding percentage with a .996 mark in 1990, committing just three errors in 161 games, and setting another record with 95 consecutive errorless games (April 14-July 27) and 431 consecutive errorless chances. Incredibly, Ripken would not win the Gold Glove that season; the award went to Ozzie Guillen and his 17 errors. Ripken would, however, win the award in 1991 and 1992.
Ripken had his doubters, many of whom found it hard to reconcile the images of a great-fielding shortstop and a heavy hitter. Steadily improving his defensive game, Ripken led the league in assists in 1983, 1984, 1986, and 1987; putouts in 1985; and double plays in 1983 and 1985. But Ripken also led all major league shortstops in home runs, RBI, runs scored, and slugging percentage each year from 1983 to 1986.

 
at 6:43 PM Blogger David Hartman said...

"We saw absolutely no problems with Keppinger defensively..He reminds me of Cal Ripken in many ways..not flashy but sure can hit"

Julie RN

Yes...the Keppinger and Ripken are almost twins. Let's see, at age 27, Keppinger has 129 hits in the major leagues. At age 27, Ripken had 1,091.

The similarities are eerie, aren't they?

In other words, Ripken had more hits by age 27 than Keppinger will in his entire career.

Look, I hate to rain on the Keppinger/Hopper/Votto parade, but all of those guys who were so succesful in a short window last season did it in games that didn't matter for a manager who had nothing to lose. You can't look at that short window and say its an indication of how they'll perform over 162, including games that mean something while the team is -- at least on paper -- still in contention.

On the other hand, you can ask how a guy gets to be closer to 30 years old than 20 before he gets anything more than a cup of coffee in the big leagues.

I hope Joey Votto is everything they say he's gonna be. Ditto for the other guys. I'm not rooting against any of them. But in the case of Kepp and Hopper, I just get this "Ryan Freel" feeling in the pit of my stomach. Great off the bench, not by any stretch of any responsible imagination an everyday player.

If Kepp at 27 is standing in the way of someone else who's closer to 20 or 22, invest the at-bats in the kid who has a future.

Reminds me of that whole Jose Guillen fiasco when Griffey got hurt early and they gave all those at-bats to Guillen, who was never at any point, including the day they traded for him, in the Reds' long-term plans rather than giving those 450 ABs to Wily Mo Pena.

You just have to wonder how much more quickly Pena might have developed playing every day that year rather than sitting on the bench. And the Reds can say they were playing to win by putting the best lineup on the field....yada yada yada. They weren't going to win anything worth winning that year anyway, particularly with Griffey on the DL.

 
at 6:48 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

Gold glove awards seem more like a a favorites game.Just like how BP got beat out by Chase Uttly last season,yet had much better stats on defense/offense & played Almost every game without every being on the DL.

Not Flashy & a good work ethic,staying fit, having raw talent,& drive= Success

 
at 7:02 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Orlando Hudson won the Gold Glove last year.

 
at 7:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

No wonder the Reds don't worry about putting a good product on the field..it's not like most of you would notice...let's see, so far today we have had Keppinger compared to Pete Rose, Paul Oneil and Cal Ripken Jr., And Josh Hamilton to Mickey Mantle. I think i'll go on record as saying that EE reminds me of Mike Schmidt, and you can't deny that you have found yourself watching David Ross saying "Is that Johnny Bench?". Kepp is Freel without the reckless nature..hard to phathom the Mets and Royals gave up on Ripken, er... i mean Keppinger. Having said that...he starts at short..not because the HOF is waiting on him, but because of lack of better options.

 
at 7:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

what if you were flashy AND had a good work ethic...nevermind, who would want that?

 
at 7:23 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

David Hartman -

All Kepp does is hit & play solid defense at SS. At 27, he could potentially play 8-10 more years... You act like he is 37, as opposed 27.

Kepp is not a big HR hitter -- however, the almost never strikes out --

It is absolute idiocy to suggest that Gonzo is the answer. Career-wise, the guy makes alot of errors, and last year had worst range than Kepp.

What, because Gonzo over a 10 year period hits .249, he has more potential than Kepp????

You are clueless. Baker, b/c of Gonzo's injury, I think will figure out that Kepp gives the Reds the best at winning if he bats 2nd & plays SS, based upon the Reds current roster.

You have to play your best players period, based upon how they currently play.

Indeed, you would have never given Tom Brady a chance over the #1 Bledsoe a decade ago with the Pats...sometimes, really talented players, don't get there chance right away...

Freel has NEVER hit like Kepp. The guy is only hitting .381 in spring training & hit .330 last year in nearly 300 ab.

Neither Freel nor Gonzo have EVER done that....

 
at 7:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this a serious debate..he has played 122 total games in the last 4 years, you can't take that as having proved anything!! Hitting in August and September Vs. other AAA call-ups... is there a board where people know baseball?

 
at 7:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:26 p.m. -- & Gonzo is the answer??? Give me a break...

Kepp came out of nowhere & simply hits. He started in July or so...and did not only play against other AAA players...

You know nothing about BB.

 
at 7:34 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

Anon 7:02-Thanks for the correction,I thought Chase got it.Still I think BP outplayed Orlando Hudson,who's good,but No BP by no means.

Anon 7:14-It's a baseball debate with opinions from fans of their beloved team.Why you have to be so negative.Go over to mr.redlegs myspace page(LOL). if you wanna bash people for their opinions.Kepp never had his chance,every heard of Wally Pippman.Yea,one day he was replaced by Lou Gehrig for being sick,Never started at 1st for the yankees again.Kepp is getting a chance to prove himself now,why the haterrade???

I never said he was a Rose or a Oneil, just embodies the spirit of how they played.Read the post correctly before you bash.As far as Ripken goes,those are hard shoes to fill.I'm not sure we will ever see a a player with that kind of work ethic ever again.Mantle & Hamilton have a couple thing's in common,addiction,injuries, & raw talent.Mantle's career was cut short because of injuries & addictions & Hamiltons was put on hold because of injuries & addictions & Both had/have a great deal of raw talent.

 
at 7:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't say gonzo is the answer, but you can't evaluate a guy on 122 career games spanning over 4 seasons. He should start, not because he is all that, but because the options are trash. Gonzo is trash, you are right about that, but playing meaningful games in May and June are different than Aug. and Sept. I know he didn't just play from Aug. on, but you have to take those ABs in consideration, same as you do with Votto. and i know nothing about baseball...lol

 
at 7:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

who bashed you? I said he deserves his chance to start and play. I just always find the comparisons on here amazing..for every Gehrig story, there are 3 million Manny Alexanders, remember, the man who would replace Cal Ripken at short. I hope he hits, i hope he plays all-out to die for baseball, but i'm just not ready to say i expect it.

 
at 7:50 PM Blogger jdeezman said...

It's utterly amazing that this ridiculous debate has reared it's ugly head again.
Do you people realize that this is the ONLY place where people compare Kepp to Rose/Ripken, Hamilton to Mays, etc?

Do you also realize that NOWHERE but here are people saying that there was a realistic chance that Kepp would beat out Gonzo if Gonzo hadn't gotten injured?

Jack, no one said that Kepp couldn't field worth a darn, but they have said that his range and arm is limited at SS.
He ISN'T as good in the field as Gonzo is, and Gonzo has proven his fielding abilities over entire seasons... whereas Kepp hasn't been good enough to be named the starter anywhere he's been.

Face it guys, there could be a miracle that occurs and Kepp becomes a "Roy Hobbs" type of "Natural" that just bloomed late. I'd love nothing better than to be wrong, because it would be great for the Reds... which is why we're supposedly at this blog right?

I think the reality is that when you're 27 and on your 4th (?) organization... you AREN'T a MLB worthy starting baseball player.
He's never been considered good enough to be a starter since he got to the majors, and there's nothing to say he can now.

That's just plain facts gentlemen and ladies, and nothing can change that.

Anyone remember Hal King?

Great guy who hit about 6 home runs in a short time in the middle 70's... I remember people were calling for him to start over Bench!


Liking a player is fine, just try to temper that with the facts.

 
at 7:50 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

The real point I making is we need a catcher,some quality pitchers, & a-gone is better trade bait.Kepp does a good enough job to earn a starting job & fills a void for what the reds need,a clutch hitter with a high OBP%..

He's versatile enough to play other positions too,which is a plus not a negative.Leaving the reds more options for bigger trades.

Where do you watch your baseball anon 7:26????I was watching the reds all season last season,just like I have been doing for over 30 years & Kepp earned my(other fans) respect,Mack's, & his teammates respect for his quality play.I remember his 1st call up with the reds in LA early in the season,he did really well & then was demoted,by Narron/Krivisky.

 
at 7:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't say i didn't respect Kepp, i like the way he plays the game, i also like the way Ryan Freel plays the game, 110%, but i don't think Freel should start. I will agree with you about the catching position, as i think it is our weakest link.

 
at 8:01 PM Blogger David Hartman said...

"reel has NEVER hit like Kepp. The guy is only hitting .381 in spring training & hit .330 last year in nearly 300 ab."

The more you write, the smarter I look.

"He's only hitting .381 in spring training." And on Opening Day, WHEN IT MATTERS, he'll be batting .000, just like Gary Majascroome will be pitching with a 0.00 ERA. Would I rather see Kepp hitting .380 in spring training than say, a buck fifty? Sure. But it still is only what it is -- spring training.

And Kepp had 241 at-bats last year. Last I checked, that's not "nearly 300." That's closer to 200.

And I'm not picking sides in the Kepp v. Gonzo debate. Frankly, I'm already looking past the Gonzo tenure to who the shortstop will be when the Reds are ready to compete in 2010. I don't think it's either of them. So in my mind, I'm not debating Kepp v. Gonzo, I'm debating Kepp v. Janish or someone closer to his age.

Could be Kepp is a late bloomer. But he's soon to be 28 and in at least his third organization and still has less than a full season's at-bats at the big-league level. I'm sorry, that tells you something. It tells you a whole lot of people who know more about baseball than either you or I have watched this guy and none of them have compared him to Cal Ripken, or for that matter, even Billy Ripken.

It's fine to let the guy ride the wave while he can. I'm just saying don't invest too much hope in a guy of his profile.

 
at 8:05 PM Blogger hebs said...

Does anyone know this Jolbert Cabrera guy? He's played in about 100 games as a shortstop (out of over 500), and also 1B, 2B, 3B and OF. He's started 21 games at short in his ML career. He's been hitting quite well, although it's against the second teamers mostly. He's tied with BP and 3 others for the RBI lead in Spring Training. I'd like to see him start in ST to see what he does against other first teamers.

 
at 8:10 PM Blogger ankurv5 said...

Come on people. Get a life. Go out and enjoy the snow. Atleast you're not stuck in the Caribbean like I am. It's freaking 80 and sunny here everyday!

On a Reds note, I think Keppinger will be a solid replacement for Gonzo. I think A-Gon is going to have a pretty solid year, both offensively and defensively. Last years errors were probably due to the fact that he was adjusting to playing with a new team and the issues he had with his son's illness. Give him a break. He's not all that old either.

 
at 8:10 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keppinger by months..

May - .250
July - .320
August - .393
September - .287

 
at 8:11 PM Blogger ankurv5 said...

*The solid year that Gonzo will have is based on whether he can get healthy with no setbacks, of course.

 
at 8:12 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

This debate could go round & round,but the bottomline is can A-Gone stay healthy physically,mentally, & emotionally.He has alot on his plate with his son's illness & to say that doesn't take a toll on you would be just outright silly.

A-gone is older & I don't think he's going to stay healthy because of few factors:

1.Mentally he's hurting because of his child,that takes a toll on your body & mind.(It's called stress,for those with children would understand)
2.He spend his free time caring & attending to a sick child,not perfecting his game & attending to hurt ailments
3.He's out of shape,because that is what stress does.He proably doesn't have the time to stay in shape,like he liked too.Family matter's wear you down & your energy level get's depleted,plus the extra time he rather be spending with his child(and he should)

Kepp's a cheaper option & he's going to win the job by default.Just watch & see.He's going to do a good enough job that fans will be pleased & he'll play with hustle.

I like A-Gone alot,he 's a great person,a great dad, a solid ballplayer (with a ring or two).What's not to like.The bottomline is this a business & Kepps a cheaper option with alot of upside.he fills a void the reds really need,a role player that gets on base,scores runs, manufactures runs, & plays with hustle.

 
at 8:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Next Reds SS - Todd Frazier

 
at 8:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

duh...

 
at 8:30 PM OpenID bart756 said...

I know what you meant Reddlegg... I always think it is odd nobody says "he hustles like Kurt Stillwell" or "Josh Hamilton has as much talent as Rick Ainkel the pitcher"... they always choose the one in a million that made it, rather than the mass quantity that didn't. Kepp should get his shot now, and i hope for the Reds sake he takes it and keeps it. BTW...you an Avs fan?

 
at 8:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

duh... was responding to the mention of Janish..

 
at 8:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

who cares??? with the rate balls will be flying out of GABP courtesy of Stanton, Merker and Affeldt... you can have Ozzie at short, won't matter!

 
at 8:42 PM Blogger jdeezman said...

It also looks like Janish is making a name for himself at SS this spring.
One major point you hit on Reddlegg is that we need a bonafide catcher.

I hope the kid we picked up (Morasco?)is the real deal, but only time will tell.

 
at 8:43 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

Bart-I'm not really a hockey fan or a av's fan.I grew up in Cincy.Reds,Bengals,Bearcats/Buckeyes.In other words, Baseball,Football,& College basketball/football.I play soccer(Since I was 7 & skiing since I was 8) and I snowboard/ski alot.I like all sports & Love going to hockey games.Alot of my friends out here are die hard Av's fans so I hear the beat from them.Currently the Av's just made a big splash in the trade market for some old stars that were apart the standly cup team's.I don't follow,I just hear.Denver's a sports town that does not accept medoicrity,unlike other cities I know.

Kepp will get his starts,just watch a see.

 
at 9:08 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

I gotta go,Everyone have a happy spring forward.Yippie,more light means more turns.

I'll be thinking about all you tomorrow at Vail,Powder day.15" of snow in CO is a blessing,15" snow in cincy is a level 3 blizzard(TO FUNNY) The roads here will be packed with ski traffic,the roads there will be Ice,Slush, people sliding out all over the place,idiots driving to fast, & cop's writing tickets for driver's needing milk or going to work.(The article about drivers getting tickets for going out in snow is one thing I hate ABOUT cincy,to many power control officials.If I wanna leave my house in Tornado or a "wanna-be"Blizzard,I WILL.Think for yourselves people, quit being sheepeople,Overthrow the regime, & VOTE for the right people,not idiots)

On That note I gotta go,It' starting to dump snow(Which is a great thing).Have fun,I know I will be!!!

 
at 6:50 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Memo to Dusty: Bad Pitching is not "the wind"

Keppinger is under-rated. A-Gone is over-rated.

Teams win by being strong up the middle but being chubby slow and aging at SS, with over-rated fielding skills and no ability to steal bases, is not strong!

Votto and Keppinger need to be starters this season from day 1. I've given up hope of Bruce being up here before September. Sigh.

 
at 7:07 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

can we get Marty Brennaman to stop talking about the Reds leaving Sarasota. I am so sick of his personal opinions on things that mean nothing to the game broadcast. Just because you have to sell your condo in Siesta Key since the Reds are moving is meaningless to us working sleps.

 
at 8:24 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i see daugherty has recycled his tired old assertion that a win/loss record is the most important stat for a pitcher for another crap article in the enquirer.

he tried bringing that garbage up to WK on the radio a few weeks back when he was pining for the reds to deal 2 top prospects for Blanton, (he won 42 games over the past 3 years !!!) and WK shot it down with no equivocations, (as would anyone else with any sort of baseball knowledge), yet that hack keeps recycling it for his inane opinion pieces....guess it's easier than actually putting thought into an article, but I can't believe the editor lets it fly.

 
at 9:43 AM Blogger John Fay said...

Stop with the personal stuff.

 
at 10:09 AM Blogger Jack in Blue Ash said...

If it were not the fact that the Reds owe Gonzalez millions of bucks, he would not be our starting shortstop.

Keppinger is a far superior hitter and more than an adequate fielder. As a matter of fact, trended out, he made less errors

Team played much better with Keppinger and others playing on a regular basis. I saw no defensive liability with Keppinger

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at 12:20 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Alex Gonzalez has a career .248 avg for 10 seasons. Last season, his fielding was Lopez-like and he looked to be out of shape. His average and power numbers where better than expected but his strike-out rate far too high. No one was on his case because of the situation last season. This year is a different story. Injured already. Conditioning possibly a factor? or is this left over from last season? Sorry, but I have no faith in anything coming form Krivsky or the medical staff's mouths.

Keppinger hit .330 last season and played a respectable SS. Now with Gonzalez out for at least the start of the season, that should end any controversy over who starts at SS. Let's give him (Keppinger) the chance to lose the job. Who the hell else do you want in there? Juan Castro?

 
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