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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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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Cubs win

The Reds' bats never got going in the 3-o loss. Dusty Baker said the difference in the game was Chicago's two two-out hits.

“You’ve got to get some RBI hits. You’ve got to drive in some runs. And when you’re not hitting, it makes it look like you’re lethargic and not playing and not trying, and that’s not the case. But that’s what it looks like,” Baker said.


24 Comments:

at 10:24 PM Blogger Big Red Smokey said...

Dusty's right..

That's what it looks like..that's what it is. This team is awful. They may lose 100 games this year. And then maybe 90 in 2009.

 
at 10:34 PM Blogger NVreds said...

someone on here has said we need a Girardi-type manager (and Oester for some unknown reason), I disagree, we need a joe torre/tony larussa type manager. The type that don't let the small stuff get to them, and keep the players to play within themselves. Dusty reminds me of a player (insert joke about his gameday attire here) He is pressing just as much as the players are and thats making our players worse off, also it seems he didnt really prepare the team all that well this ST, probably because he was scouting guys like patterson/cabrera/rosales instead of getting the big pieces ready (& griffey from daydreaming about his boat, and dunn from being himself) because its obvious our most important players werent ready.

he needs jocketty to have a big say on things like the lineup and the players to bring in. he can be his manager and this could work.

 
at 10:49 PM Blogger Aaron said...

What a bad friggin team. Is there anything else that really needs to be said? Like I've said before: BLOW IT UP!

 
at 11:50 PM Blogger reds fest said...

What did our new GM come here to do? He just gives us losing games.

 
at 12:08 AM Blogger Aaron in SC said...

It's time to blow this thing up and give the young guys a shot. Trade Dunn and Griffey. Call up Bruce and Bailey.

This is terrible, lose, lose, lose....C'mond Walt let's see how good you really are! With all the hype you bring, let's see what your made of. Make the Reds a winner again! How about sooner rather than later.

Dusty, why do you continue to bat Patterson in the leadoff spot? Am I missing something, but just becuase he is fast doesn't mean he deserves to bat lead off. You wanted Patterson, but for $3M this is what we get?

 
at 12:13 AM Blogger Dave said...

We haven't gotten two out hits in quite a few years. As much as I'm not in the "blow it all up" category, this team does need some changes. Griff has been my favorite player for almost two decades, but he's right - the team would be better served sending him to a contender (Yankees?). We should find a taker for Dunn, as well, and get a pair of quality young outfielders with speed and some middle relief help. I don't think the price is too high, and I think getting a few small-ball .300 hitters is needed. I sure will miss those two, though...

 
at 2:23 AM Blogger Santa said...

Dusty: It may 'not be the case.' But even with my glasses on or off it still is looking the same; Very "lethargic and not playing and not trying, and that" IS the case. :(

Griff: I wish you the best sir, and I am sorry we were not able to build a winning team around you as promised.

Reds: Love my Reds, but can we at least play like we are a AAA team atleast, please.


Reds' fan in East Tenn.

 
at 6:23 AM Blogger brian said...

BRING UP JAY BRUCE!

 
at 7:12 AM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

I was wrong.. a Joe Gerardi/ Ronnie Oester type of manager would not help this team

The record is reflective of a lack of talent

Hamilton had 3 more RBIs last night. Man we could use that bat in centerfield

 
at 8:18 AM Blogger Brad said...

Having speed at the top of the lineup is important. So when Patterson is there, it makes sense. He's one of the fastest guys from home plate to the dugout after he strikes out, that we've ever had there.

Kriv was right on the money in making sure people knew that wasn't his hire.

I still believe we have enough talent to win in this division. But this team can't seem to put anything together...and, it's not early any longer. I'm spitting out my kool-aid now.

 
at 9:04 AM Blogger Dutch in Richmond, IN said...

I think I speak for a lot of Reds fans. I really thought this team was going to turn it around today. And then today became tomorrow, and tomorrow the next day and so on.....

But after last night's loss to the Cubs where our number one starter fell to 1-5, due mostly to his lack of offense support, it donned on me....

This team isn't very good and maybe all the experts that predicted this team would finish 5th, maybe they are right. Something needs done. I am so tired of year after year after year putting so much hope in this team and having it squashed by the end of the season.

And all the while, I am supposed to shell out money for tickets, parking, concessions, etc.

Let me rephrase, this team is one thing....DEPRESSING.

At this point, I don't care who they trade, who they sign, or who they call up. I just want to experience the excitement of postseason play...

 
at 9:12 AM Blogger ST fan said...

John: I'm wondering, since Griffey had something like $57,000,000 deferred, are REDS going to have to be stuck with paying him even after he is gone? For example, $57,000,000 for 10 years would be almost $6,000,000 per year. Maybe interest too? Can you shed any light on that?

 
at 9:18 AM Blogger Ken said...

When do the Bengals start training camp, again?

 
at 9:45 AM Blogger Jeff said...

John – I have a question. Given the team’s lack of run production, one would expect that there would be a sense of urgency for improving their hitting. Have you witnessed extra batting practice sessions for any/most of the players?

 
at 10:02 AM Blogger Steve said...

The Reds and Cubs on Tuesday participated in only the 31st homerless game in the 422-game history of Great American Ball Park. It was the first homerless game here this season.

We're so proud!

 
at 10:23 AM Blogger Bob Loblaw said...

It's a long season, so while disappointed I am not completely giving up. Griffey could be traded and I would be fine with that-he's not the player he used to be.
You can only blame the manager for so much(believe me, I'd like to blame everything on Dusty Baker, I flat-out don't like the guy), but our baserunning has been atrocious, and I think that has to fall on Dusty's shoulders. Sure, we didn't get hits yesterday but we also shot ourselves in the foot by getting picked off and caught stealing again. This is getting ridiculous.

 
at 10:32 AM Blogger Arden Dulou said...

I really like what Volquez is doing and would not trade him back right now, but I too would like to see Hamilton here.

What to do, what to do... I still say if Dunn could ever learn how to hit this year you sign him for 2-3 more years. Maybe some little league hitting lessons would help the team... short, compact 2 strike swings just to make contact... Oh, well.

 
at 10:43 AM Blogger Dutch in Richmond, IN said...

Steve, good point on the homerless stat.

The bad part is that it happened because this team can't hit.

Good question by Jeff as well. This team should be taking BP as soon as the game ends.

 
at 10:50 AM OpenID alphatheta678 said...

"Having speed at the top of the lineup is important. So when Patterson is there, it makes sense. He's one of the fastest guys from home plate to the dugout after he strikes out, that we've ever had there."

Look at it this was, Brad- at least he's not clogging up the bases by drawing stupid walks.

 
at 10:51 AM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

no offense Brad..but this team does not have enough talent to compete

Bengals grabbed some great recievers. great linebacker

thank you

JAB

 
at 11:25 AM Blogger John Fay said...

Lots of extra batting proactice is taken. The Reds have cages under under the seats and guys hit all the time.

Same on the road.

 
at 11:25 AM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

Dunn has had plenty of time to learn how to hit

 
at 1:09 PM Blogger Red Faced said...

This team has just completely lost their focus. That's why we are seeing so many fundamental mistakes and such poor hitting. If a coaching staff can not help to motivate the team, to sharpen their focus and get them to at the very least perform to their ability instead of the constant underachieving we saw last year and so far this year then that coaching staff is a failure.

 
at 2:14 PM Blogger reaganspad said...

Guess they learned how to focus overnight.

6 HR's and Votto off both RH and LH. How is cantu doing today...

Hairston looks good at SS.

Glad to see Kepp get a day off, he has been stellar, but needed a rest

 
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