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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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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Split squad lineups

Home v. Houston, 1:05, no radio.
Ryan Freel CF
Jeff Keppinger sS
Ken Griffey Jr. RF
Brandon Phillips 2B
Adam Dunn LF
Scott Hatteberg 1B
Javy Valentin C
Andy Green 3B
Craig Tatum DH

Aaron Harang P

In Lakeland v. Detroit, 1:05, no radio.
Corey Patterson CF
Norris Hopper LF
Jay Bruce RF
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
Joey Votto 1B
Jerry Hariston 2B
Paul Boko C
Juan Castro SS
Chris Kroski DH

Matt Maloney P

The most interesting thing Dusty Baker said the this morning: "It's not easy being Homer. I've seen it a thousand times . . . The most dangerous word is potential."

I'll have a post on that shortly.


at 9:32 AM Blogger Joel said...

Is this a sign of what's to come? Are we looking at a rotation with Harang,arroyo,cueto,fogg,belisle? could bailey and ed v start in the bullpen?

at 9:40 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is Maloney's last shot although he is already Louisville bound. He has been the most disappointing of the young arms.

at 9:41 AM Anonymous MJ said...

I don't know. I think you left one out there. Voltron looked pretty good last night. At this point I'd have to say with the issues Homey is having with his control that Cueto and Voltron Defender of the Universe are ahead of him in the competition.

at 9:43 AM Anonymous MJ said...

Send Bailey, Freel, Coffey to the A's for Blanton.

at 9:47 AM Anonymous redsfanwoody said...

Sounds to me like Bailey may slide down 71 for more seasoning. 6 k's and 6 walks seems like he might be our Daniel Cabrera.

Volquez has 13 k's and 2 walks so far? It would be a hard pill to swallow if he continues to pitch like this and gets sent down. I'd like to see him start but I wouldn't piss an moan if he was in the bullpen. He could do himself a favor by giving up less hits!

at 9:53 AM Blogger Joel said...

Is this a sign of what's to come? Are we looking at a rotation with Harang,arroyo,cueto,fogg,belisle? could bailey and ed v start in the bullpen?

at 10:39 AM Blogger Mr. Redlegs said...

What's really important is Voltron is the best Reds nickname to come along in some time.

at 10:41 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is. Kid Texas, Kid Cueto, and Kid Canada (votto), are some I use.

at 10:46 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Voltron has nothing else to prove in AAA. If he is a bubble pitcher here it is a remarkable upgrade in the talent level. He either starts or goes to the BP awaiting his time.

at 11:31 AM Blogger Mr. Redlegs said...

All of this reminds that some scouts were saying last summer that Bailey's stuff projected to a No. 3 starter. Oh, no, some fans cried. Look at what he did in the minors. Look at the blazing fastball. Whatta curve. He's mowing 'em down. There's no stopping him.

Draft his plaque for Cooperstown! He's smokin' 'em in the minors.

Now, it's very real and very clear the development people were right for having a harness on Bailey when Narron was pining for him on the big-league club in '06 and '07. The good part is his brief time in the majors shows what he has to work on, and now he can go to Louisville to do the work that will progress him further to being major-league ready.

It's about command, pitch efficiency and "out" pitches, and not necessarily KOs, ERA and hits allowed in the minors.

at 12:24 PM Anonymous Eddie in SC said...

Fans are a reactionary bunch. After demanding for WK to bring him up and using the money and years of service argument as to why WK would not do it. Now WK is stupid because he will not trade him and Homer is a loser.

Maybe just maybe he is still young and will be successful. Maybe he is still young and will not be successful. Either way, after waiting so long for a home grown starting pitcher I am willing to give him more than a few starts before I toss him to the curb

at 1:39 PM Blogger redfuture said...

It's amazing to watch more people jump off the bandwagon each time it hits a bump in the road. When you hop on the bandwagon hold on tight, be prepared for the bumps. You'll be rewarded by arriving safely at your destination. Homer is going to have some off days as will Cueto, Volquez, and even Harang.

at 1:53 PM Blogger 24/7 said...

Mr. Redlegs,

I don't think his stuff translates to a #3. It's his lack of command that diminishes his talent. And if Volquez and Cueto don't make the rotation, I consider it a mistake.

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