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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tonight's lineup

Jerry Hairston Jr. CF
Jeff Keppinger SS
Ken Griffey Jr. RF
Brandon Phillips 2B
Adam Dunn LF
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
Joey Votto 1B
David Ross C
Bronson Arroyo P

vs. RHP Chris Sampson


16 Comments:

at 3:44 PM Blogger Red Faced said...

Let's get on a roll!

 
at 3:48 PM Blogger HoosierRedsFan said...

ESPN is announcing that Krivsky has been fired. Do you have any info?

 
at 3:48 PM Blogger LongTimeRedsFan said...

I really wish Jerry Hairston the best, and last night he was good. But, if he goes 0-4 tonight, please call up Jay Bruce.

 
at 3:48 PM Blogger Mike said...

OK, so after Hairston comes back down to reality, how about this lineup:

Phillips
Kepp
Griff
Dunn
EE
Votto
CF
C
P

 
at 3:56 PM Blogger Gale said...

My thought is that Arroyo thought he would pitch better with Ross calling the pitches. Maybe Bako is good calling fastball pitchers but not junkball pitchers. Case in point why Arroyo and Fogg have gotten rocked in all their starts. If Arroyo pitches well, then maybe you tandam Bako for Harang, Cueto, and Volquez; and Ross for Arroyo and whoever else pitches.

At least it sounds good on paper.

 
at 3:58 PM Blogger Lets Talk Reds Blogger said...

I am very disappointed Ross is back. I knew it was just a matter of time but I want Bako to keep getting his at-bats. Ross hit .171 in the minors! LET BAKO BE THE STARTER!!!!

 
at 4:05 PM Blogger The Dunce Cap Marvel said...

Nice to see it didn't take long for Bako to find a spot on the bench. Really now, what is the message when you sit a hot guy like Bako and reward Ross the starting job back when he hasn't earned it. Not that I think that Bako is a long term solution, but he's earning his pay and playing time right now. Why change it up? This isn't Little League where you have to make sure everyone has enough playing time or their parents will get mad.

Just remembered Bronson is pitching tonight. I hope this is simply because he's still Arroyo's personal catcher. If not, well....

 
at 4:08 PM Blogger The Dunce Cap Marvel said...

And while we're changing personnel in the organization, I'd like to see Bruce up by the end of the week. While Hairston had a nice game last night, we're kidding ourselves if we think he stays hot for more than a week.

 
at 4:14 PM Blogger Maltybuck said...

I like sticking with Hairston while he's still hot.

If we're going to tinker, we may as well keep the lefty-righty thing going. Dunn has hit second in the past with some good results, and Kepp should be leading off b/c of his high OBP. I don't like Phillips leading off b/c he doesn't see a lot of pitches and his OBP is ugly. I'd like to try this lineup for awhile to see who starts to gel:

Jeff Keppinger SS
Adam Dunn LF
Brandon Phillips 2B
Ken Griffey Jr. RF
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
Joey Votto 1B
Whoever's playing CF
Whover's catching
Pitcher

 
at 4:50 PM Blogger Another losing season said...

So Shaggy needs a personal catcher and can't win without Ross? Is that the message here? Brilliant!

 
at 5:02 PM Blogger JF said...

Who's in Center?

No, Who's in AAA.

 
at 6:09 PM Blogger Jon said...

What do you guys think about release/trading Javy? He's always hurt the staff's ERA, and he's not that valuable other than a few late game heroics. We could easily use some room for a guy like Hatte who could probably do better as a PH. That way Bako and Ross, who we're apparently stuck with, can remain good defensive, good game calling, catchers. Thoughts?

 
at 6:16 PM Blogger Arden Dulou said...

Bring Bruce up was Hairston comes down to earth.

Get set to trade to trade Hatteberg and Freel/Hopper for more young pitching or a right hand hitting outfielder.

Continue to develop the minors!

 
at 8:01 PM Blogger ST fan said...

Line-up:
Bruce
Kepp
Phillips
Jr
Dunn
EE
Votto
Ross/Bako
Pitcher

Starters:
Harang
Cueto
Volquez
Bailey
Arroyo or Balisle

PH:
Haiston
Hatteberg
Valentine
Freel
Catcher Ross/Baker

 
at 8:31 PM Blogger Scott said...

"Tired of losing!"
HAHAHAHA
Then you're already asleep tonight.
Is this a pro ballclub? really??

 
at 11:11 PM Blogger JF said...

Hairston Jr. is a career .254 hitter who has never hit more than 8 home runs in a single season.

Jay Bruce would have done better than that had the Reds brought him up when Bruce was 15 years old.

This remains a pathetic, stupid organization with no idea how to win.

Bob just thinks he knows baseball. What's Jocketty's excuse? Bako has earned a starter role, and Hairston and the suddenly "red hot" (cough cough) Corey Patheticson are not even close to the talent of a Jay Bruce.

As I said all last year, and will continue to say until it becomes untrue, the Reds front office really doesn't know what they're doing.

But Jocketty supposedly does. So where is Bruce? Or when did Walt contract Alzheimer's. What a colossally stupid arrangement this remains. I don't care if Hairston hits .800 this week, he's going to fall back to his baseline, and Corey is more valuable for power and steals then Hairston.

Can we please stop signing and playing washed up mediocre outfielders?

 
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