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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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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Today's lineup

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

vs. Brewers RHP Yovani Gallardo


19 Comments:

at 10:39 AM Blogger Another losing season said...

Wow! Dusty is like a dog with a bone and he's not going to give up on Patterson in the lead off position. This has got to be turning some heads in the front office. Batting Votto and Encarnacion down in the order when they have been the two most productive hitters lately? Hmmm.

 
at 10:44 AM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Good to see Corie Patterson in there today.
ST CSA

 
at 10:51 AM Blogger B. Charles said...

The ties between Dusty and Patterson need to be cut. I really don't have any other complaints about the way Dusty is managing this club, other than the fact that the keeps running Patterson out there. At this point, it's a joke. Patterson isn't a lead off hitter and you have Norris Hopper, a much better all-around player, wasting away on the bench.

 
at 10:58 AM Blogger Greg said...

another shake up... i like it! lets see how Phillips handles the 2 hole.. should be less pressure on him there.

 
at 11:08 AM Blogger Pokey Reese said...

Griffey and Votto should switch spots and Hopper in for Patterson. Then it would be a good lineup

 
at 11:19 AM Blogger Eric said...

I actually understand moving Keppinger down because he, as always, has been hitting the ball well, and could hopefully drive in some runs down there. Patterson shouldn't be on this team, much less starting, or making $3 million! We're too heavy on left-handed hitters. Put Dunn in the 2-hole instead of Phillips if you're going to move Keppinger. He can't hit in the clutch, but at least he gets on base. Then two of the best hitters on the team right now, Phillips and Keppinger, could drive him in. This team will turn it around once Patterson is out and Jay Bruce is out of AAA and starting in center! Mark my words!

 
at 11:27 AM Blogger ConMan said...

Okay...could someone tell me why we have Corey Patterson on this team much less starting and taking at bats away from Jay Bruce? What am I missing here? Dusty's pride is going to sink this team. Also, Weathers is so inconsistent, why does he keep coming in during close ball games? I feel like I am taking crazy pills here! Bring Bruce back, bring bruce back. Also..trade Aroyo...there I said it. homer is ready. it is the youth that is carrying this team!

 
at 11:41 AM Blogger Richie Rich said...

Wow. Now we have two hitters at the top of the order that can't get on base. Oh well, at least they're fast, I guess.

At least Votto is moving up higher. Should be batting no lower than 5th.

 
at 11:59 AM Blogger Mike said...

At least Dusty is shaking the lineup up, but how long will he stick with Patterson?

On a related note of former Baker players... There is that rumor about Piazza, but if the Reds want a righty power hitter to play part-time and come off the bench and has no defensive ability, what about Sosa?

 
at 12:14 PM Blogger ST fan said...

Shannon. Thanks for including the opposing pitcher and with arm he uses.

Why not have Keppinger lead off? He may "clog the base paths" but at least he's on base. Maybe that will come to Dusty in a dream?

 
at 12:47 PM Blogger ankurv5 said...

Let's see how it works. It's gonna take a few games to right the ship, might as well start today with a strong showing by the Harangatan.

 
at 12:48 PM Blogger B. Charles said...

He may not be a fit for a couple of reasons, but Frank Thomas was just released today by the Blue Jays. He's a big, right-handed bat that you could add to the lineup. However, he wanted out with the Blue Jays due to playing time.

 
at 12:48 PM Blogger Geoff said...

I actually like this lineup a lot, except for Patterson. Phillips is good at moving people over, Kepp can give Dunn some protection, and I'm glad to see Votto moving higher. Of course, with Patterson hitting leadoff, BP will have noone to move over...bring on Bruce!!!

 
at 1:00 PM Blogger That One Guy said...

Interesting stat about today's cleanup hitter, he has twice as many walks as hits. No other Red has more BB's than hits. But I guess this is OK if he ever comes up with the bases loaded.

I'm an Adam Dunn fan, but 20 walks from our 4/5 hitter vs. 10 hits? Really?

 
at 1:08 PM Blogger ZNoeth said...

Maybe the Reds should sign Frank Thomas and he could split time at 1B.

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/8053926/Blue-Jays-release-slumping-DH-Frank-Thomas

 
at 1:09 PM Blogger ZNoeth said...

Maybe the reds should sign the Big Hurt to split time at 1st with Votto.

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/8053926/Blue-Jays-release-slumping-DH-Frank-Thomas

 
at 1:14 PM Blogger Al in Ohio said...

Mike, Piazza never played for a Baker-managed team, and we need to keep in mind that Dusty denied ever making the comment that started the Piazza rumors anyway. Also, the Reds don't need another OF. Piazza, if he were picked up, could play 1B and possibly even catch occasionally.

Plus, guys, if the main hope of improvement for this team right now depends on whether Corey Patterson or Norris Hopper plays CF, that's a huge indication of this team's deficiencies. They need to bring Jay Bruce up in early to mid-May, put him in CF and leave him there.

 
at 1:20 PM Blogger ryan said...

Harang just struck out Weeks. Great start. Our bats will come alive today too. ITS ON!

 
at 1:24 PM Blogger ryan said...

Should Freel be our lead off hitter?

 
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