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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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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Early Dusty

Some tidbits from the pregame session with Dusty Baker:

--On Edwin Encarnacion: "Give him a mental day off and let him hit, hit, hit. He's been hitting in the cage. He hit on the field. Just give him a day off and give (Ryan) Freel a start."

--On EE's mental state: "He seemed better today. But it's killing him honestly. I heard he started like this last year. That gets in your head. Mentally, you think: Dang, here we go again. It happens to everybody."

--On Reds' pinch-hitters being 0-for-11: "When we first started, I said early in the season they're going to be pinch-hitting a lot because pitchers don't go that deep. In this National League, you win a lot of games with pinch-hitters. We hit extra a lot. But there's nothing like live pitching."

--The Reds are set up so they could keep Aaron Harang on normal rest and skip Josh Fogg for Tuesday's start against the Cubs in Wrigley. "We're discussing that now," Baker said.

--Baker had heard about Homer Bailey's 5 2/3 inning, four-hit, one-walk, seven-strikeout performance. Baker's question: Why did he only go 5 2/3? The reason was Bailey's pitch count was around 90.


at 8:19 PM OpenID miami87 said...

Would someone please get Farney to explain to Freel that his caught stealings do as much harm as his steals do good?!!! What a knucklehead!

at 8:19 PM Blogger AReds83 said...

It's kinda sad that a guy needs a "mental day off" after 8 games. His fragile psyche worries me.

at 8:19 PM Blogger AReds83 said...

It's kinda sad that a guy needs a "mental day off" after 8 games. His fragile psyche worries me.

at 8:44 PM Blogger ankurv5 said...

Well he's been playing since winter ball, so his season has been longer. Plus, he didn't hit in Spring Training either, so his hitting (or lack thereof) has been wearing on him longer than 8 games.

at 8:50 PM Blogger John Fay said...

He would not have needed a mental day if he was hitting .283 instead of .083.

at 8:55 PM Blogger AReds83 said...

Obviously, but I find it interesting that even though all but three regulars aren't hitting EE gets the "mental day off". Hatteberg's batting .071 and he's starting. Dunn's at only .130. What is the point of sitting Votto? You don't "catch fire" sitting every other day.

at 9:50 PM Blogger Greg said...

I'm kind of baffled why Votto isn't starting either... I know Hattey had a good spring but... that's over now and a good spring should only carry you so far, I think it's time Votto started getting some regular and consistent starts, but I'm not the one getting paid to put the lineup together.......

at 9:21 AM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

How hard was Bailey throwing?

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