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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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Thursday, March 27, 2008

"Get your peanuts and crackerjack here!"

Today's lineup for the Reds hosting the Twins at Ed Smith Stadium, 1:05 p.m. start:

Corey Patterson, CF
Jeff Keppinger, SS
Ken Griffey Jr., RF
Brandon Phillips, 2B
Adam Dunn, LF
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B
Joey Votto, 1B
David Ross, C
Bronson Arroyo, P


33 Comments:

at 11:45 AM Blogger Hey Barry Larkin! said...

Looks pretty close to the line-up we'll see on Opening Day. Do you think Votto is going to make the cut? I wouldn't be that surprised to see Hatteburg starting at 1st.

 
at 11:50 AM Blogger Reds in 2008 said...

There it is... Opening Day starting 8. I can live with that... for now.

 
at 11:52 AM Blogger JDGood said...

openning day line-up, looks good to me

 
at 11:55 AM OpenID r2theoman said...

That appears to be the starting 8.

 
at 11:56 AM Blogger Pullins said...

Wow does that look like the opening day line up or what!

 
at 11:59 AM Blogger ankurv5 said...

Opening Day Lineup--looks good to me.

 
at 12:02 PM Blogger EKYRed said...

Since there is an off day next Tuesday, why is Arroyo pitching today instead of tomorrow? Wouldn't tomorrow would put him on the normal 5th day?

 
at 12:05 PM Blogger Rob Dicken said...

Besides Arroyo, that seems like the opening day lineup to me!

 
at 12:21 PM Blogger jdeezman said...

John... any chance that there were more cuts, but they just haven't been announced?
Like you said... $65k a day is a lot of money for a minor leaguer.

 
at 12:36 PM Blogger Dan said...

Hey, I was just wondering if anybody thought this might be the Opening Day lineup!

 
at 12:45 PM Blogger outtatown tim said...

I guess they really want to test Ross's back to see if they should put him on the DL or bring him north --- day game after a night game right away. Maybe thats a sign no 3 catchers this year.

 
at 1:06 PM Blogger Scott said...

I will be very happy if this is the opening day lineup. Glad to see Keppinger and Votto in there.

 
at 1:15 PM Blogger Kenworld said...

Where's all the cuts.

 
at 1:16 PM Blogger Arden Dulou said...

It is interesting to see Votto still getting starts. Is Dusty giving Votto a chance to win the starting 1st base job? A week ago it seemed that Hatteberg won the job. I would like to see VOotto start, so maybe a surge would win him the job.

 
at 1:23 PM Blogger Ron said...

John,
I read that the Rangers just sent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia down to triple A. IF the Reds are in the market for another catcher, do you think they could swing a deal for this guy? If so, who do you think Texas would want in return?

 
at 1:42 PM Blogger Mr. Bump said...

Did Norris Hopper fall through a crack somewhere? So far as I know he's not been cut and I don't recall having seen his name in any boxscores recently... maybe he sat too close to Dusty and that's the crack he's in?

 
at 2:40 PM Blogger Chris said...

Why does Dusty think that Patterson is a lead-off man? He has a career OBP of .298! This is a phenomenally bad idea. I'm not one of the people who live and die by OBP but for a lead off man...it is rather important. Corey had 21 walks last year. That is less than one a week! Put Kepp in there. Put Freel in there. but please...move Corey to the 6 or 7 spot.

 
at 3:04 PM Blogger Aaron said...

Opening day is vs Brandon Webb... that's a tall order for Votto. I expect Hatte to get the starting nod.

Also, John, I think Baker is gonna flip Cueto and Volquez in the rotation. Just heard that tomorrow Cueto is not pitching but instead it will be pitched entirely by the bullpen. Sounds like Baker is re-arranging the rotation.

 
at 3:14 PM Blogger reaganspad said...

The guy is having a great spring: GREAT JOB JR.

7 HR's, break 600 in April will generate a lot of buzz early for Reds fans.

That won't hurt the focus of the team as they post a winning April.

The stat: 10 walks, 1 SO

 
at 3:22 PM Blogger indyfan said...

Am i the only one that thinks there is no future with Encarnacion? It's only spring but he has never impressed me. I think Marty & tom want to say it on the radio but they dont, give someone like Andy Phillips a shot. There's nothing to lose.

 
at 3:39 PM Blogger enfueago said...

My only complaint is that with the outfielders in the system it seems like we could do better in centerfield than a Dusty retread without a lot of upside. he has had a good spring though so I can live with Patterson so long as there is a quick hook to go with Bruce or freel when he doesn't hit. Freel needs to play some at least if only to establish some trade value.

 
at 3:40 PM Blogger reaganspad said...

Make that 11 walks for JR. versus 1 Strikeout. I wonder if Dusty has already impacted JR with regard to pitch selection. Bonds is/was one of the best.

Speaking of Strikeout to walk Ratios, Todd Coffey is back in the saddle. Steven Tyler or Gene Autry version, the guys is dealin

 
at 3:56 PM Blogger Will T. said...

Hey John, do you think that there is a chance that Valentin is the opening day catcher and they let Ross get starts every now and then until he is fully healthy?

 
at 4:00 PM Blogger redsfan8557 said...

I like the lineup alot, 4 more days guys.

 
at 4:00 PM Blogger Red Faced said...

my oh my is Arroyo doing some pitching this Spring or what. Yes I know J, it is only Spring but I bet you he brings it to start the season also. The rotation is shaping up my friends.

See you at the park on Monday!!

 
at 4:10 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

4 more days ladies & Gents.I can't wait.Arroyo looked sharp,Coffey looking like 06' form, & Griff is doing what he does.

This season's optimism is greater than past years.I really think the reds are going to turn some heads.Maybe even some primetime ESPN games & saturday Fox sports game of the week.

I get the MLB extra innings every season & the sat. afternoon games are blacked out,so maybe the reds can get some attention & fill that sat. afternoon slot for fox sports.I get tired of watching the Yankees,Red sox, Met's, Dodgers,Angels,Giants,Cards, & Cubs on saturdays afternoons.

It's time for the Big red Machine to get it's new & improved model running.

 
at 4:48 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

4 more days ladies and gents..3 rows behind the Reds dugout

looking forward to this team making a dramatic improvement this year

 
at 4:52 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

Keppinger had 2 more hits today..spring average over .400

Put Hopper in centerfield and lets continue the winning streak of the 2nd half of last season

 
at 5:13 PM Blogger KingsPoint said...

Adjusted Batting Runs - This is the linear weights method pioneered by Pete Palmer. It is a bit more accurate than Runs Created and also handles differing offensive environments more easily. It is adjusted to the park and league the player played in. It is also relative to league average, so negative values mean they were below average for the league.

Patterson the last 3 years: (-33.7; -6.1; -14.3)

Freel the last 3 years: (-0.2; -3.7; -14.8)

Hopper over his short career: (-0.8)

Keppinger last year: (8.9)

It's easy to see that Patterson shouldn't even be in the lineup as a starter, yet alone lead off. At best he's a bench player. Freel had a horrible year last year, but at worst, he's only had one bad year. It's not the norm for him.

If the REDS can finish .500, it will be in spite of Corey Patterson and Dusty Baker.

 
at 5:18 PM Blogger mentalmidget said...

I haven't been this "jacked" about our beloved Reds for a number of years. The rotation looks set and I believe it's the best rotation the Reds have had in a long, long time. The kids are going to take a beating every once in a while but I wouldn't hit the panic button when they do. The starting eight today? I like it with the exception of Ross. Love Keppinger no matter where he plays. With his stick, how can you keep him out of the line-up? Patterson? I'd give him the month of April to prove he deserves to play everyday; lead-off only! If he doesn't pan out? Well, our beloved Reds have plenty of capable CF's! Is this the dawn of the NEW RED MACHINE?

 
at 5:41 PM Blogger jdeezman said...

Keppinger had 2 more hit... so what?

Spring training means nothing and we're going to lose all of our games because Baker is a terrible manager, Patterson is the worst leadoff hitter in history, and Gonzo is the second coming of Typhoid Mary!!!!


Thank God the regular season is starting...

 
at 8:53 PM Blogger Jeff said...

Nobody cares where you are going to be sitting, Jack.

As for Keppinger's hitting, you bring up how well he is doing this spring in virtually every post, but when somebody else brings up how well a player you don't care for is doing, you always point out that it is only spring training so their numbers don't matter. Which is it Jack? Can you at least attempt to keep your stories straight?

 
at 9:04 PM Blogger KingsPoint said...

Wake up jdeezman, the Reds WILL lose more games than they win this year because of those reason you mentioned, Patterson and Baker, and throw in Castro and Merker while you're at it.

It would be a huge shock if the REDS finish .500 and less than 12 games out of the division title at the end of the year. If they do, it will be in spite of Patterson, Baker, Castro, and Merker.

 
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