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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 25, 2008

Lineup v. Giants

Freel cf
Hairston 2b
Griffey rf
Encarnacion 3b
Dunn of
Keppinger ss
Votto 1b
Ross c
Harang p

v. LHP Jonathan Sanchez


19 Comments:

at 7:58 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

WOW! We have had ALOT of different lineups. I dont think thats a good thing. I know guys are struggling but guys like Kepp and EE must feel like pinballs. All the while, guys like Dunn and Phillips are still batting in the heart of the lineup. I know they are "the guys" but why not leave the guys who are hitting alone and shuffle BP and Dunner with Bako and Votto Example:

Hairston
Kepp
Votto
Griff
EE
Bako
Dunn
BP
P

Then let it ride for 5 or 6 games.

 
at 9:10 PM Blogger Aaron said...

Its not the lineup that is the problem. Everyone has suggested a different lineup and Baker has tried a bunch of lineups. The problem is the players as a whole. Too many guys are in slumps and no one is hitting well with RISP with the possibloe exception of Keppinger. We can shuffle the deck as many times as you'd like but the players need to play better that is the bottom line.

 
at 9:22 PM Blogger Joe said...

EE batting 4th. Not too many posters would have thought that was going to happen a couple weeks ago. Got to think Votto will be moving up some time soon if things don't change.

Go Reds...hate these late games.

 
at 9:23 PM Blogger LongTimeRedsFan said...

Wow. We haven't won the first game of a series yet, but Dusty keeps flipping the lineup and always finds a way to get one of his boys in there. Ridiculous. Surely Jay Bruce in CF and leading off would be more productive.

 
at 9:34 PM Blogger Clueless Krivsky said...

Well I believe Jay Bruce is 0-4 tonight against AAA pitching, so I doubt he'd be more productive tonight.

 
at 9:38 PM Blogger JF said...

Keppinger 6th? Ugh, disgusting.

Brandon Phillips will really get better hitting tough lefties by sitting against them, won't he, geniuses?

What would happen to Jocketty and Baker if the Reds lost the next 30 in a row?

 
at 9:55 PM Blogger NVreds said...

jay bruce is not a lead off hitter, i wish people would realize that. him leading off in his major league debut would be dangerous, i want him to succeed, not fail and lose confidence. when he is up here he better be near the bottom of the order.

teams shuffle lineups all the time, its very very common. Explain to me why leaving someone in a certain spot in the lineup is somehow going to make them hit, thats not the problem. Every ML team has different lineups depending on matchups, days off, injuries, and hot/cold streaks. this is not abnormal.

EE has earned a shot at the cleanup spot that last few weeks.

 
at 10:01 PM Blogger LongTimeRedsFan said...

OK....so he's 0-4 tonight....how many 0'fers have we already had from the centerfield spot? In case you missed it, here's the update on him...."Jay Bruce paced the offense (3-for-4, HR, double, 1sb, 3r)…over his last 8 games Bruce is 11-for-26 (.423) to raise his BA 44 points". He should be our everyday CF.

 
at 10:03 PM Blogger Aaron said...

I continue to be astounded at how everybody here believes themselves to be a superior manager and GM to those who have spent thier entire lives in those professions. Hell yea you sit BP against a tough lefty! He's been mired in a horrible slump and is one of the main culprits as to why we are not scoring enough. Everybody needs a day off occasionally to recharge their batteries, tonight is as good as any.

 
at 10:07 PM Blogger Richie Rich said...

Phillips hit .340 against lefties last year, and .260 against right handers. He should be in the lineup tonight. Dusty either doesn't understand stats, or simply doesn't look at them.

 
at 10:20 PM Blogger Aaron said...

Well Phillips has been in a bad slump. Maybe your right it would be better to rest him against a righty.

Meanwhile Freel makes yet another basrunning mistake. Did that concussion last year kill the last few remaining brain cells he had?

 
at 10:22 PM Blogger Aaron said...

Hairston had even better numbers at Louisville. Bruce continues to strike out an alarming rae and it will only be worse at the major league level. He played half last year in single A. He needs more time and Hairston deserves a spot on the roster until he cools off considerably.

 
at 10:59 PM Blogger streeter said...

Can anyone tell me why we can't seem to get this game tonight in HD on Direct TV even though it shows up in the guide as one of the few games actually broadcast in HD this year???? I tune to channel 638-1 and it says the game is supposed to be on but I only get the Direct TV screensaver on that channel and yes I am an HD tier subscriber. I also have gotten the previous HD games fine on this channel.

 
at 11:13 PM Blogger Aaron said...

A defensive gem to save a run by Adam Dunn? Pinch me I must be dreaming. Maybe that is the thing to jumptstart this lethargic club.

 
at 11:16 PM Blogger Richie Rich said...

streeter, same issue is occuring on Dish Network. FSN just can't get this HD thing right for some reason.

 
at 11:44 PM Blogger streeter said...

Hey it is now working Richie Rich it is now in full HD on 638-1 on DirectTV anyway. Yeah FSN OHIO or CINCINNATI or whom the hell ever is supposed to be overseeing the broadcasts is dropping the ball on these HD broadcasts cuz this isn't the first time I have experienced this problem. Well at least I will get the rest of the game in HD the difference is amazing you really get spoiled by HD. I can't wait till the switch occurs next year when EVERYTHING is MANDATED BY LAW to be broadcast in HD cuz that will be awesome.

 
at 11:49 PM Blogger streeter said...

Harang gets screwed again cuz we can't hit crap off this young pitcher. Yeah he is pretty good but remember he doesn't have much experience and once again we make another average pitcher look like Cy freaking Young. Kind of reminds me of the two outings we had against Jeff Suppan who owned the Reds hitters but got clobbered by the Mets hitters that speaks volumes about how good these guys really are. I wish they would just go ahead and bring both Bailey and Bruce up and get them that year of experience under their belt for next year. Because I have always felt since Krivsky got here that this team would not be ready to actually contend legitimately until the 09 season.

 
at 11:55 PM Blogger robby said...

As bad as the Reds look, Jay Bruce would be up in a heart beat if he were ready. He clearly is not ready. It has nothing to do with arbiration kicking in early or anything else other than he is not ready to produce in the major leagues. The last thing the Reds need is another strike out prone player in the line-up.

Just hope he is ready next year when there will be 3 spots open in the outfield.

 
at 12:35 AM Blogger JF said...

Jay Bruce was ready last year.

Castellini is not ready to be a real sports team owner.

If Bruce isn't a leadoff hitter then neither are Hopper, Patterson, Hairston, Freel, or Dusty's poodle.

Please, you could pick anyone off the street at Fountain Square and they could have done better than Castellini, stop pretending that fans are ignoramuses and management are savants.

Glad the losing stopped with Krivsky's firing!

 
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