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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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Monday, March 10, 2008

You be the judge

Tonight will be a good chance for those of you in the Great White North to get a good look at two pitchers competing for the rotation. Homer Bailey will be followed by Edinson Volquez. The game is on FSN Ohio. I think you get a better look at a pitcher's stuff on TV.

I'll be curious to the read your comments -- not that isn't always the case.

Bailey will likely face tougher hitters because the stars are only playing four or five innings at this point. First pitch vs. The Yankees is 7:15.

No word on cuts yet.


at 12:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm interested in seeing if Homer has improved from last year and to see how hitters react to Volquez. But, I really wish Cueto was pitching...I've heard alot...but not seen.

at 12:49 PM Anonymous JackAsh said...

I beg to differ about being able to judge a pitcher better on TV. The only effective way to judge players is sitting at the ballpark, with your own snacks and water that you brought with you, next to your signifcant other (ideally an RN), after driving from your home that is within an acceptable radius from the ballpark.

at 12:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was down in Sarasota and St. Pete for a couple games this weekend and I have decided this is how I would love the roster to shake down. What do you think?


Stanton (I don't want this, but it will happen. I'd prefer Bray)

Joey V
Javy/Bako (Assuming Ross is on the DL to start)

Right handed bat off the bench TBD



at 1:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jack you sound like a great reds fan, you sound very pumped to go see a game

at 1:04 PM Anonymous Peter Nincompoop said...

I believe that was an impostor actually.

at 1:10 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only way to judge a pitcher's stuff is to sit behind home plate. There are only a limited number of seats to do this. The TV camera is one but even that doesn't catch it all. That is why Dusty asks umpires. A guy with a bottle of water sitting on the third base line is just guessing.

at 1:24 PM Anonymous Jack in Blue Ash said...

Jeff Keppinger is the best shortstop in MLB history. Much better than ripken. Ernie Banks, A-rod, ozzie smith? None can compare to Kepp both offensively and defensively. Nurse Julie agrees and she knows more about baseball than any of you here because we attend lots of games where we bring our own water.

at 1:31 PM Anonymous Jack In Blue Ash said...

I can't believe the Reds dropped Cantu. He was better than Lou Gehrig. And Freel makes Rickey Henderson Look like Stephen Hawking.

at 1:35 PM Blogger Grizzlyfox said...

The only thing worse than reading a certain person's views on this blog are reading those who ridicule him and use his identity. Get a life.
On another note, here's hoping Bailey and Volquez pitch well tonight, I really want these young guys with good stuff in the rotation over guys that we already know what to expect, which isn't all that special.

at 1:41 PM Anonymous Red Faced said...


I rather like your rotation and lineup. I would rather see someone else on the team other than Castro on the bench. Hopefully someone would could serve as a defensive replacement and actually pinchhit.

I bet you though that Cueto doesn't start the year in Cincy (although he should) and that Belisle will definitely be in the rotation. I think Belisle will have a better year this season and will be a solid starter for us but his lack of control in the spring so far has me concerned. Fogg/Belisle/Afeldt/Volquez should all be able/willing to start or come in out of the pen. If so this team will be in much better shape than last year.

I hope Bailey has a good game tonight, I'm glad we get a chance to see him and Volquez on the tube.

at 1:41 PM Anonymous KyRedsfan said...

I can't wait to see these guys pitch tonight. I'm wondering how Bailey is dealing with not being the Golden Prodigy anymore (Cueto). Hopefully it will fire him up for better things.

Mr. Fay, I get to as many Louisville games in a season as I do Reds games and have been thinking whoever doesn't make the staff will be with the Bats. Are the Reds seriously considering using any of the fab three in the bullpen with the big club if they don't make the rotation?

at 1:43 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

I guess it's skyline & ballgame for me tonight.After a long(Sunny) day at Vail yesterday,That sounds great to me.1st reds game this year ,I'm excited.

Let's Go REDLEGS 08'!!!!

at 1:47 PM Blogger Jack in Blue Ash said...

Thank you Grizzlyfox..I think..I am a little disappointed that John Fay would allow these personal attacks to continue..but its really no big deal
Jack and I are psyched about the upcoming season

Julie RN

at 2:11 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

"There's no Crying in Baseball"

at 2:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

when are the cuts coming? you would figure they would want to start trimming down to get a good look at those that they are on the fence about...

Watch out for the pink slip Mr. Coutlangus.

at 3:40 PM Blogger Jon said...

say what u want about Jack in BA, but we could all use a nurse julie to agree with us from time to time.

at 4:09 PM Blogger Jack in Blue Ash said...

thank you jon..Julie is a diehard reds fan..she even wears her hat to work. Her supervisor at Jewish Hospital Kenwood ( a Chicago fan)in jest, wrote Julie up one day for wearing her ball cap..

is Affeldt going back to the bullpen yet?

at 4:10 PM Blogger redfuture said...

Redszone is saying that 'Rule Fiver" Sergio Valuenzeula was returned to the Braves. Also that Ramon Ramirez sent to minor league camp.

John, there must be more moves as well. Do you know what they are?

at 4:11 PM Blogger scoe44 said...

hereyou guys go this was on SI's web site baseballs top 20 young pitchers Baily falls in at #12 on there.


at 4:46 PM Blogger Jon said...

no problem.

at 5:51 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

jack is julie, all their posts sound like the same person is writing them.

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