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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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Friday, April 11, 2008

Lineup, notes

Reds v. Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Oddly enough it's not raining at the moment.

Norris Hopper CF
Jeff Keppinger SS
Ken Griffey Jr. RF
Brandon Phillips 2B
Adam Dunn LF
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
Joey Votto 1B
Paul Bako C
Edinson Volquez P

Hopper is hitting .455 off LH Paul Maholm, the Pittsburgh starter. "Sometimes, we go with matchups," Dusty Baker said. "Sometimes, we go how a guy's going."

The rotation will be as speculated upon post off day: Aaron Harang Tuesday, Josh Fogg Wednesday, Edison Volquez Thursday v. the Cubs in Wrigley. Johnny Cueto, Bronson Arroyo and Harang v. the Brewers at home.

Sounds like David Ross will not be coming off the DL Tuesday. "He needs to get at-bats," Dusty Baker said. "I was hoping he'd get at-bats at high level sooner."

Matt Belisle's next start will be for Louisville. Belisle through a complete game for Chattanooga Thursday. He allowed two earned on seven hits -- no walks, three strikeouts.

In the case of Ross, he can be on rehab for up to 20 days. Beilise can be on the rehab for up to 30 days. Ross' rehab will be up April 22, Belisle's May 4.

Two other things to remember: Just because a player's rehab is up, he doesn't have to be re-instated, and Belisle has an option.


at 5:29 PM Blogger RickDinChicago said...


Thanks for the information about Belisle. I had read on another blog that he was out of options. Glad to hear he will still be with the team for now. He's probably at best a #4 starter, more than likely just a spot starter.

I'm bummed about Fogg starting on Wednesday. I have tickets for that game and would rather have seen Volquez. So, now that sets up the Reds to potentially pitch Volquez and Cueto back to back in a series.

at 5:34 PM Blogger Mr. Bump said...

Wow, Norris Hopper gets a start! I hope this lineup really produces tonight, it looks pretty solid top to bottom. I hated that Kepp lost his hitting streak. Hopefully Hopper can get on base in front of Kepp tonight. Having Hopper on the basepaths will help Kepp see better pitches. That's the disadvantage of having a low OBP guy in Patterson leading off. If Patterson with his speed can driving the ball into the ground and hitting line drives it forces the pitcher to be on his toes. He has to be more careful with his pitch selection and can't afford to throw a wild pitch. While I can't really complain about Patterson's production, I would really love to see him batting seventh with Hopper leading off.

at 11:11 AM Blogger Joe said...

I like the rotation change Dusty implemented starting Tuesday. Harang, Fogg, Volquez, Arroyo and Cueto. Break up the hard throwers as much as possible and give the young arms some rest. The Summer heat should help these guys too. With Belilse and Bailey in the background when needed, this should be a pretty good rotation.

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