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Monday, March 10, 2008

Dusty tidbits

Dusty Baker saw the Sunday piece we ran on Sabermatic in the clip package.

"One of guys come up with the computer lineup?" he asked. "That'd go over big. Junior (Griffey) batting seventh. . . "

Also from Baker:

He said he hopes Homer Bailey concentrates on Javy Valentin's glove and not the guys in the batter's box tonight.

“He can’t see the lineup," Baker said. "The one thing with a young guy you don’t want him to look at the names on the back. That’s one of the toughest thing about being in the big leagues. I encourage my young guys to see the glove and not see the names. You see the names it’s a bit intimidating. It’s a challenge. It’s tough facing guys you’ve been watching on TV a few years ago. That’s how it was for me. I’m facing Bob Gibson and I saw him strike out 18 Tigers the year before on TV."

He likes what he's seen from Bailey: “Homer’s been throwing the ball well. He’s been throwing the ball real well,” Baker said. “I’m seeing in the control, mechanics and demeanor. I haven’t seen the tendency to overthrow. I talked to coach (Dick) Pole and he said it’s the best he’s seen him throw since he’s been here.”


INJURY REPORT: Nothing’s changed with catcher David Ross. He still hasn’t resumed baseball activity because of back spasm. Left-hander Bill Bray (shoulder) came through his throwing session Sunday without a problem. “He might be ready for game action (today or Wednesday),” Baker said.

PATTERSON, HAIRSTON TODAY: Outfielder Corey Patterson and infielder Jerry Hairston Jr. will make the trip to Lakeland today for the game with the Tigers. It will their first game action since signing a week ago.


68 Comments:

at 6:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

will be interesting to see how bailey handles the ball today.

that sabermetics thing had some stuff that made no sense to me, the lineups made zero sense.

 
at 6:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure which lineup is being referred to but the constant dismissal of what the stats prove is cause for concern.

 
at 6:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought the sabermetrics thing made a lot of sense. I particularly like the part that indicates that Kepp should play full-time, platooning at 1B and SS. Makes sense to me.

It is well published that the Red Sox and As follow sabermetrics & it clearly has worked for them over the years.

I thought the article on sabermetrics was very interesting & informative.

 
at 6:46 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

The Best Pole has seen Homer pitch,yet.Very interesting. Can't wait!!!He's going to be blowing heat right by the yanks.

And Prove the nay-sayers wrong too.Just wait & see,this guy will be a stud.

Still no reliable(stud) LH starter.JA doesn't cut it for me.This will come back & bite the red's right where it hurts,Trust me.

 
at 6:53 PM Blogger RedsManRick said...

Good to see Dusty didn't forget to mention that his own career.

Interesting that he commented on how Junior would react as to whether or not we'd score more runs that way. Though I suppose it's only fair -- he has a good handle on the former...

 
at 7:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John,

Are you trying to pull everyone's leg that comes to your blog. The Reds aren't on TV tonight. Not even on the YES Network.

You said the Reds were on. They aren't.

Come on!

 
at 7:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

no game in columbus on FSN...freakin cavs instead. someone please make the nba go away

 
at 7:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

it is on the mlb.tv package. This will be the first time i get to see the team this year. Pretty Excited to see bruce, volquez.

 
at 7:14 PM Anonymous MJ said...

Game is on Fox Cincinnati not Fox Ohio. At least on Direct TV.

 
at 7:40 PM Blogger Ray said...

No Reds on FSN Ohio in Zanesville

 
at 7:40 PM Blogger Ray said...

No Reds on FSN Ohio in Zanesville

 
at 7:40 PM Blogger Ray said...

No Reds on FSN Ohio in Zanesville

 
at 7:46 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

Bruce got thrown out @1st for everyone not watching,good hustle though to get on base.Infield single that was a error by A-rod

Hatty infield single.

Not much beside that

Homer looking a little shaky,gave up a couple hits(Jeter & A-rod,1st & 3rd w/ 2 outs) but got out of it by a infield bouncer that Janish just drilled to Votto,when I said drilled,I mean drilled.(Call could of went anyway,but it was Giambi running)

The A-gone & Kepp debate may get more interesting w/ Janish's name thrown in the mix.Tulo last season was no Joke as a rookie for the rock's.2nd in rookie voting.Gotta give the young guy's a chance.

 
at 7:50 PM Blogger tom dunne said...

I guess that the Reds aren't on FSN Ohio in Zanesville...

 
at 7:52 PM Blogger redfuture said...

Votto's deep drive to center was caught for an out but what a sweet swing!

 
at 7:55 PM Blogger redfuture said...

Bailey's outstanding change-up made Posada look silly on strike 3!

 
at 8:00 PM Blogger Aaron said...

Maybe 7th is a bit too far down given his penchance for clutch hitting... but batting 3rd and only hitting .270 is mediocre compared to the rest of the league. Griffey looks to me like a good #5 or #6 hitter just looking at the stats.

Good to know Baker is at least reading the debate.

 
at 8:00 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

It's FSNCN not FSNOH.There are two stations.

Homer is lookin alright,throwing K's and staying in the zone.Gave up another hit,but just threw a NASTY curve for a foul tip Kout

 
at 8:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Game is on FSN Cincinnati on Dish Network (427). 71 games in HD this year, woo!

 
at 8:06 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

He just loaded the bases, w/ 2 out's.Not looking good w/ Jeter batting

 
at 8:08 PM Blogger jdeezman said...

Thanks Griff... says Homer

 
at 8:09 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

Got out of it, hard Line drive to Griff in RF.Whew,that was close.Homer showed good poise,to pitch out of that bases loaded jam

 
at 8:11 PM Blogger jdeezman said...

When Bailey doesn't overstride, he's got good stuff.

Can't wait to see Volquez... good stroke Javy!

 
at 8:20 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

Joba already out.Now a LH pitcher named Billy Traver.Griff pop's out w/ men on 2nd & 1st to RF 0-0 after 2.5

 
at 8:22 PM Blogger Aaron said...

We had a shot to score there... they bring in the left hander to face our 3 straight lefties... Bruce singled, but Hatte struck out and Griff flew out to end the inning. Hatteberg really can't hit lefties, but in a normal game I figure he gets PH for in that spot.

 
at 8:24 PM Blogger jdeezman said...

Come one Nuke, don't think... throw!

 
at 8:27 PM Blogger jdeezman said...

Nice piece of hitting by A Rod, waiting on the hook and taking it to right.

MAJIK MAN OR STANTON!!!!


NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

 
at 8:28 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

That sucks, a-rod hit's one for a a single that could of been a Groundrule 2B.Scores Abreu. Then He gave up a hit to Giambi,1st & 3rd Nobody out,Posada Batting 1-0 yanks

 
at 8:28 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

Roids is warming up,Not looking Good!!!!!!

 
at 8:30 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

Curve ball lookin good, Kout Posada.1 out 1st & 3rd.Matsui up

 
at 8:30 PM Blogger jdeezman said...

Nice hook to get Posada... but you sure can't miss upstairs like the announcers are saying...

 
at 8:31 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

Curve can't scare Matsui,single.2-0 yanks 1st & 2nd, 1 out

 
at 8:35 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

His control is getting out of control,He's feeling flustered.Bases loaded from a hit batter.1 out.Here comes that awesome bullpen,Majik coming in w/ that 23.00 era bases loaded, 1 out.LOOK OUT!!!!

 
at 8:36 PM Blogger Ray said...

wow, my apologies for the triple post earlier... not sure what happened?

 
at 8:40 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

That was HUGE,Line drive lined out to Janish who ran over to 2nd for the double play.(Tagged the base for the put out w/ the runner not tagging up)

Majik just did something HUGE!!!!Good poise

 
at 8:42 PM Blogger jdeezman said...

Let's merge Janish's fielding & Kepp's bat... call him Janninger or Keppish.

We'd have one of the top SS in MLB.

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

I'm throwing Janish's name into the box for SS consideration's.

He look's solid.

Atleast Cut Castro,to make room for a young SS stud.

 
at 8:46 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

BP has a mohawk,a little flair.I like it.It's a warrior's hair- do.

Red's are not doing anything With the Offense.Welsh & Mr.Rogers interviewing WK.Nothing New to report.

Bottom of the 4th 2-0 yanks.

 
at 8:50 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

Roid's is in.Good Grief, cut this worthless piece of ____!!!!!

 
at 8:50 PM Blogger jdeezman said...

Totally agree Reddlegg, if he can hit at all... he's the one.

 
at 8:51 PM Blogger jdeezman said...

Is that a Hemi on the mound?

Yes, a hemi-roid!

 
at 8:58 PM Blogger redfuture said...

Wouldn't it be neat if Stanton came out and voluntarily said that, "Yes, Roger took the roids and hgh."

 
at 9:00 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

Roid's look's leaner,but still can't hit the zone.Got lucky if you ask me 1,2, a walked batter, & then a throw out to catch Abreu sleeping at 1st.

Not Bad from the Bullpen,I bet Homer beating a wall w/ a bat.He's such a perfectionist.

Mr.Roger's & Welsh still interviewing WK,The Jocketty question just came up.Answer was Jaded w/ caution.

 
at 9:02 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

Offense is still cold.no runs,no base runners.

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

baserunners, (Janish walked & Bruce Singled) Hatty fly's out to LF.2-0 yanks.

Voltron IN

 
at 9:10 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

That was NASTY, FASTBALL TO Kout A-ROD!!!!!!!!

 
at 9:12 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

Votronnnnnnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!KOUT GIAMBI!!!!!!!!!!!

 
at 9:12 PM Blogger jdeezman said...

As the ancient Chinese philosopher said;

Ho Li Schit! That was some serious cheese!

Voltron is ON the roster, starter or out of the pen, his stuff is just sick.

 
at 9:13 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

HIGH HEAT,LET THE WIND BEGIN!!!!!!!!!!

 
at 9:13 PM Blogger jdeezman said...

Wow... look at Griffey going all out.

Good to see that... a little surprising but nice to see.

 
at 9:16 PM Blogger jdeezman said...

Voltron is Da man!!!

He made Matsui look like an oaf.

 
at 9:16 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

Griff showing some hustle,unlucky on the dive.Posada on single to RF.

Posada is a FB hitter,

 
at 9:17 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

WOW,KOUT'S WITH A NASTY BREAKING BALL.This guy is going to make all the Hamilton Trade nay-sayers take back everything they said.

 
at 9:28 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

Aggressive managing By Dusty.Hit Run.BP K out's.But pinch runner For Griff gets to 2nd.Takes the shift off,but Dunn Kout's w/ RISP(What's new)

 
at 9:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

REddlegg in Colorado said...

The Best Pole has seen Homer pitch,yet.Very interesting. Can't wait!!!He's going to be blowing heat right by the yanks.

Homer Bailey ended up going 2 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits. He walked three, struck out three and hit a batter. He was opposite of pitch-efficient: He threw 59 pitches and didn't even get through the third.

 
at 9:34 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

Can a guy be wrong.Bad outing,I agree.Still think there is more upside to Homer than downside.Not every outing can be great.

Chalk it up,move on.I agree, Tonight did not help his chances.

Voltron 1

Bailey 0

 
at 9:36 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

Update:

Yanks 2

Reds 0

 
at 9:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

redlegg u are a moron grow up get a life do u realzize how stoopid u look in everything you type


Kevin in Ft Mitchell

 
at 9:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

REddlegg in Colorado said...

The Best Pole has seen Homer pitch,yet.Very interesting. Can't wait!!!He's going to be blowing heat right by the yanks.

Homer Bailey ended up going 2 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits. He walked three, struck out three and hit a batter. He was opposite of pitch-efficient: He threw 59 pitches and didn't even get through the third.

 
at 9:39 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

Voltron another Kout, make it 4 Kouts.

He's Pretty much running things,1 base runner, no run's.

Top of the 7th, 2-0 yank's.

 
at 9:49 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

Thank's Kevin in Ft.(LAME)Mitchell.

I appreciate your opinion.I really like your spelling & punctuation.

 
at 9:54 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

I did miss the error on Bako in the bottom of the 6th.Put a runner stealing 2nd on 3rd & then they batted the guy in.

3-0 yanks. Voltron looking real Good.

 
at 9:59 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

4-0 yanks

a double then a single.

 
at 10:07 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

Top of the 9th 4-0 yanks,1 out, Dunn just singled.Runner on 1st

 
at 10:09 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

,Pinch runner on 1st.2 out's

 
at 10:11 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

4-0 yanks, gameover

 
at 11:12 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

thank god!

 
at 2:38 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

kevin -
come on man seriously?
that was pretty lame
keep 'stoopid' stuff like that to yourself

 
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