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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 19, 2008

Today's lineup

Corey Patterson CF
Jeff Keppinger SS
Brandon Phillips 2B
Ken Griffey Jr. RF
Adam Dunn LF
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
Joey Votto 1B
Paul Bako C
Johnny Cueto P

Facing Brewers RHP Jeff Suppan


at 10:44 AM Blogger ST fan said...

John (Shannon). Might I ask that when you post the day's lineup you include the opponent's pitcher and if he's RHP or LHP? Thanks so much.

at 10:53 AM Blogger Ryan said...

First time in a while I've seen BP bat out of the 4 spot. Looks like Dusty wants to shake things up a bit. We'll see...

at 10:56 AM Blogger fiveisalimit said...

Anyone else think we could use a shakeup in the 2-6 hitters? 17 games so far. 13 games 2-6 exact same: Kep, Grif, Phillips, Dunn, EE - result 3.5 runs per game. The other 4 games 6.25 runs per game, and that includes the one game againt Pittsburgh. I'm not asking for different hitters just a differnt order. Perhaps Phillips second and Kep fifth. Anything.... Dusty has got to find someway to score more runs or he is going to let it get toooo far gone.

at 12:04 PM Blogger Mike said...

The lefty problem is this: The Reds need someone who can play SS. Castro is really the only one of the righty candidates who has played much there, so that's who they chose. The only other person on the Reds roster with any experience at short besides Castro and Keppinger is Phillips and they won't want to use him there.

So I think the solution is the Reds have to choose: Freel or Hopper.

Also, I think Fogg is gone and Belisle takes his spot. And I wonder how much longer Coffey keeps his spot. Other than Coffey the bullpen has been solid.

at 12:05 PM Blogger Pete Rose - HOF said...

Cueto on the bump, and Griffey batting 4th.. how can anyone complain about our lineup? Go Reds


at 12:30 PM Blogger ankurv5 said...

I'm kind of sick of this lineup. I think a little shuffle up would help. But then again, I'm also thankful that Dusty isn't approaching this like Jerry Narron and starting 8 different players everyday.

at 12:59 PM Blogger Nathan said...

John, is Bailey doing any better at Louisville in being pitch efficient?

at 1:05 PM Blogger Al in P'Cola said...

Brennaman has become an elitist. His recent comments about Chicago Cubs fans are not in keeping with his Hall of Fame broadcaster standards. One observation in life is that when you get old…you get to say whatever you want, because you develop a ‘why hold back’ attitude.
The CUBS used to have Harry Cary, who mangled names, had an inebriated slur after the 7th inning and did pretty much the same thing. The difference was that nobody took Harry too seriously – and if he ripped someone, it was usually someone from Chicago.
I can only assume that Marty has developed this distain – not over the many decades he’s been broadcasting – but as a direct result of some slight perceived to have been perpetrated against his son Thom when he was broadcasting CUBS’ games. Irrational tirades from a broadcaster with his decades of experience can only be founded in an emotional issue such as something happening to family. If you were a CUBS fan listening to his call during the 2003 NLCS against the Marlins - you knew Thom has issues with CUBS fans too.
For CUBS fans - the good thing about Marty’s comments is that he's outted the broadcasting Brennamans. He and Thom have nowhere to hide. Now - when the CUBS go to the playoffs and Thom has to call the CUBS victory for FOX - he'll see firsthand what it's like to truly earn something - something he'll either be equally critical of or have to just shut up and endure!
Of course to us obnoxious CUBS fans that will be sweater than a sunny day in the right field bleachers enjoying a Smokey link and an Old Style, which for the past century has been one of the few experiences that have sustained us. Let’s face it – 100 years of losing leads to distraction! So Brennamans - leave us our diversions. However, obnoxious they may seem to a baseball purist, they’re a functional distraction born of a century of loyalty flying in the face of reason. General Patton was right when he said, “Give me a brigade of CUBS fans and I’ll win this war. They’ve faced death everyday, and keep coming back for more!”

at 1:43 PM Blogger Zippy said...

Once again, the guy least likely to reach base is leading off, and the guy most likely to reach base is hitting 5th. Dusty gets it wrong yet again. I don't understand why this is allowed to continue day after day. What's it going to take before someone in the organization dares to question the manager's judgment?

at 1:52 PM Blogger cmdugan34 said...

Thom brennaman just announced that the reds will start belisle on monday and fogg was moved to the pen...who is going to be sent down?

at 3:45 PM Blogger Richie Rich said...

Once again, the guy least likely to reach base is leading off.....

Maybe a beat writer could ask why a guy with a sub .300 OBP this year and for his career is leading off, because it's certainly hurting the Reds ability to score runs big time.

at 6:07 PM Blogger Greg said...

dunn is not and should not be any type of lead off hitter... that's stupid! Dunn should be batting 6th and Hopper should be leading off! but... i'm not the one getting paid to take the lineup card to home plate..........

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