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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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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Minor matters (update)

Jay Bruce hit his second home run of the year last night for Louisville. He's up to .324. But he has 10 strikeouts in the 37 at-bats. Bill Bray has been dominant: 3 2/3 innings, one hit, six strikeouts. . . Juan Francisco hit his second homer for the Sarasota. He's hitting .385 -- with nine strikeouts and no walks in 39 plates appearances. . . Daniel Guerrero took a bit of beating for the Sarasota -- 2 2/3 innings, 10 runs, 10 hits, three home runs.

The Bats played a day game. They beat Pawtucket (where a man was once from) 3-1. Justin Lehr pitched seven shutout innings -- five hits, one walk, five Ks.

David Ross went 0-for-2 with a sacrifice fly for Louisville. He's 2-for-15 on the his rehab assignment.

Two of the guys who were impressive in the spring -- Jerry Hairston Jr. and Jolbert Cabrera -- are tearing it up for Louisville. Hairston is hittng .484 with four doubles and two triples in 31 at-bats. Cabrera is hitting .407 with a five doubles and a .471 on-base percentage in 27 at-bats.

Given the Reds struggles against lefties -- .201 team average -- it might be time to get one of the two up here. Both are right-handed hitters who can play all over the place.


at 3:22 PM Blogger Another losing season said...

Did Ross DH and if yes how did he do?

at 3:28 PM Blogger hebs said...

I would like it if it meant getting rid of Castro. But I don't see it happening. There are already too many issues for when/if Gonzo and Ross come back. I fear Votto will be the first to go, and then maybe Hopper (barring trades, of course).

at 4:06 PM Blogger Red Faced said...

I was thinking about the lack of effective right handed bats last night as well John. It's always evident when we face left-handers. There's no reason an average left-handed pitcher should shut this team down like they consistently have the last couple of years. I believe this team is due a major shake-up before they are going to be considered a major contender.

If Patterson continues to play well and get the majority of the playing time in center then Freel and or Hopper both should be moved. I also see no reason to continue platooning Hatte and Votto at firs. I like Hatteburg but he's expendable. Bruce will eventally come up to stay that will make either Dunn or Griffey expendible also. My bet is Griffey will be the one to go. Seattle is looking for some help, we should do both teams and Griffey a favor and move him back to Seattle. If we want to patiently wait for Jr to hit his 600 HR then so be it. We also do not need 3 catchers, Javy is expendible also. Castro should not even be on the team. Let's move some of these guys and send some of the other back down to AAA. We have plenty of options and more capable guys waiting to fill in that can produce.

Didn't Cabrera play third in the Spring some? If so why don't we bring him up so he can platoon some for EE at the very least until he can get out of his funk. He and Dunn are killing us right now and we could sure use the right-handed bat.

When bad teams like the Pirates can stack their mediocre left-handers against us and shut us down that's a sure sign that something NEEDS to change.

at 4:10 PM Blogger Mr. Doom and Gloom said...

all i hear is how votto is struggling, from the delusional marty b mostly, but you know what, hatteberg ain't hittin worth a damn yet either, and votto's much better defensively.

he's a solid back-up, hatteberg that is, but that's it. dump the contract for a prospect, free up a spot on the roster and get a friggin right-handed bat up here already. cabrera or andy phillips preferably.

at 4:52 PM Blogger kybosh2 said...

I think that Votto is starting to hit the ball pretty hard he struggles against lefties, but I sure hope he is not sent down. AAA is not going to help him much anymore.

at 4:59 PM Blogger mrtonyb40 said...

just tired of watching dunn and encarnacion struggle. lets trade bailey,dunn,encarnacion and hatterberg to San Fran for lincecum and bengie molina then trade ross and belisle to the white sox for crede.bring up a. phillips to backup 1st and bruce to play center.whats everybody think ?

at 5:30 PM Blogger Another losing season said...

Wow how did I miss that?

at 6:19 PM Blogger TimW in SC said...

mrtony40, I could live with your deals, but Dunn ain't goin nowhere until the June date in his contract passes allowing him to be traded. Besides, I would have no more use for my Dunn jerseys.
I would also like to see Freel moved to bring up one of the right handed bats that John speaks of today. We would probably have to cover 2 mil of his contract. Don't know how many more contracts BC is willing to eat.

at 6:48 PM Blogger Scott said...

Could Bray give the Reds a left-handed starter? Or is he forever designated as a lefty specialist?
Hs he ever tried starting earlier in his career?

at 7:04 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Bray hasn't started a game since high school. He was a closer at William & Mary.

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