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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 18, 2008

No moves

Wayne Krivsky and Dusty Baker met today. You didn't miss any announcement. No moves were made.

Some will be coming shortly, I would guess. Krivsky just returned from Triple-A Louisville. He said catcher David Ross and right-hander Matt Belisle are about ready.

So something's got to give here, right?

"It's a nice problem to have," Krivsky said. "We have good choices."

Josh Fogg is listed as Monday's starter, but it sounds to me like Belisle could be moved into that slot.

"He looked good," Krivsky said. "He pitched seven innings the night I saw. He went over 100 pitches. He threw all his pitches, threw them for strikes, got ahead of the hitters. He had a good outing."

If he comes up, will it be as a starter?

"We're looking at him as a starter," Krivsky said. "We made that commitment last year."

Krivsky didn't sound ready to address the Reds' struggles against left-handers with a roster moves.

"It's too small a sample to me," Krivsky said. "We're a better hitting team than we've showed here in spots. Every team goes through struggles at various points in time. Nothing says you're going to hit .275 against righties and .275 against lefties."

Also from Krivsky:

On David Ross: "He's playing a lot down there. He's healthy and getting his timing. I hope he'll be ready (by April 23)."

On Homer Bailey: "He looked good. Ross caught him in fact. I talked to David the next day. He said Homer has made tremendous improvement. He's locating his pitches better. He's doing well."


at 5:41 PM Blogger NVreds said...

personally I'm glad they aren't rushing to any decisions. the season isnt going to end in a week, and there is no reason to panic (yet). Kriv seems to see the reds win/loss record the same way i do, wait and see you cant predict the season after 16 games. we beat a tough lefty the other day, and the top 2 pirates pitchers aren't 'easy' either.

I keep castro too until gonzo is back, hes the back-up SS (very important) and hes owed money.

at 5:46 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

From The Amazing Krivsky:
"It's too small a sample to me," Krivsky said. "We're a better hitting team than we've showed here in spots. Every team goes through struggles at various points in time. Nothing says you're going to hit .275 against righties and .275 against lefties."

WOW! Too small of a sample? I believe this hitting lefties problem existed all of last season. Maybe if Jorge Cantu were here it would help some.

I guess statements like that are why Krivsky doesn't like to say anything at all.

at 6:21 PM Blogger jdeezman said...

For Pete's sake... enough about Cantu already.
If you are that enamored with him, go to his city and stalk him, but leave the poor SOB off of this CINCINNATI REDS blog please.

This manlove for Cantu and manhate for Krivsky just can't be healthy.

at 6:31 PM Blogger Jon said...

Wayne K for prezzzz, he's the man! WK will lead us to a championship!!!

at 6:44 PM Blogger Greg said...

there's something to agree too... finally... the lefty problem existed last yr... i think it's re-established it's ugly face this yr too...

Can we please stop the Cantu rant??? his glove was shakey and his bat was fairly spotty.. plus he's not worth the money the reds were going to have to pay him.

anywho..i'm disappointed the reds didn't make a move but ... i can live with it. i picked harriston to come in and castro to be DFA, coffee too AAA, fogg to BP, Belisle to the rotation... but.. who's to say that still can't happen monday when fogg is due to start.

at 6:50 PM Blogger Dave from Louisville said...

I'm impressed John, an actual conversation with Krivsky. Wow, what did you do to get him out of his shell?

at 6:52 PM Blogger omnired said...

they had problems against lefties and righties last year.

at 7:10 PM Blogger Bengal43 said...

I agree with CSA on Cantu!

at 7:23 PM OpenID PJFan821 said...

Bronson Arroyo....the new #5 starter in the rotation...Hes horrible.

at 7:45 PM OpenID PJFan821 said...

Tomorrow the wife and I are planning on coming in from Columbus to catch Cueto. Whats everyones feelings on chances the game is played with the oncoming weather? Even more, what seats in the Park are "covered". I dont mind getting wet, but she will.

at 7:59 PM Blogger JF said...

Go to the game and stand under the stands if the rain gets too heavy. Plenty of places to watch the game and be out of the weather if it's just drizzling and the game is on.

"Showers" in a weather forecast in this town is about as easy to parse as Foggroyo's "talent." It could be dry or a deluge tomorrow, so don't sweat it.

Wily Mo Pena can pitch better than Cincinnati Idol is pitching this evening. Too bad it can't just start raining right now and end tomorrow at Noon.

at 8:14 PM Blogger Don said...

Arroyo's mound performance is now almost as bad as his JTM commercial performance. His ERA is now 6.27. Arroyo was worse last year than the year before and so far looks to be worse this year than last. The trend is concerning.

at 8:23 PM Blogger steve said...

John I have just one question please let me know what year the reds will have winning season? Im getting tired of getting upset every night watching this team.

at 8:47 PM Blogger AReds83 said...

You always have to be concerned when a pitcher suddenly starts have success after switching leagues. That being said, I don't think he's as bad as he's been lately, but not nearly as good as he was two years ago. If you would have told me a couple years ago that in 2008 he'd be our 4th or 5th starter, I'd be happy.

at 8:58 PM Blogger doomgoblin said...

Man, this offense, talk about all or nothing. When you're starting Norris Hopper in centerfield against a right hander, isn't it time to bring up Bruce?

base hit after base hit, the brewers are pouring it on. This team needs a shuffle, no doubt about it.

at 7:58 PM Blogger reaganspad said...

So you want Cantu to start over Votto?

Brilliant, Brilliant I say. Bench Votto. 326 ave 10 RBI's, 42 AB's

Bench him quick. 5 RBI's off a lefty. Bench him, where is Cantu, oh if only we had Cantu. We would have 6 RBI's in 53 AB's instead of Votto's 10 and a 263 hitter to boot (which he does regularly). Please, bring back Cantu....Please

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