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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, May 4, 2008

Lineup v. Braves, RISP with 2 outs

Ryan Freel CF
Ken Griffey Jr. RF
Brandon Phillips 2B
Joey Votto 1B
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
Adam Dunn LF
Jeff Keppinger SS
Paul Bako C
Bronson Arroyo P

v. LH Tom Glavine

The Reds' problem -- well, one of their problems -- has been getting that big two-out hit. They are hitting .125 with runners in scoring position and two outs. That is the worst in the baseball. The New York Mets, at .171, are the second worst.


The guys who have been No. 3, 4 and 5 in the order most of the year are 1-for-22. Griffey is 0-for-4, Phillips is 1-for-12, Dunn is 0-for-6. I don't have the breakdown on everyone in baseball. But look at the Braves: Chipper Jones is 1-for-9, Mark Teixeira is 3-for-16 and Brian McCann is 2-for-18.

With runners in scoring position overall, the Reds are hitting .260. That's 17th in baseball.


21 Comments:

at 11:32 AM OpenID Culpepper630 said...

John,
why does he keep playing dunn and griffey? They both obviously suck, and have done nothing to help the team. Also i am going to cry if patterson plays one more game in center!!! Where is Bruce????!!!!

 
at 12:00 PM Blogger MJ said...

You've got to wonder when the moves are going to start happening. We have Hatteberg sitting on the bench who could bring in a bat and prospects. We have a lumbering Dinosaur in LF who who bring in several and who wouldn't want to add Junior's bat for the stretch run who could bring in help as well. We also have youth in AAA that could help the Reds. Bruce Almighty is waiting and we haven't seen Hairston who started out smoking for days. Whatup wit dat? As long as the team isn't hitting its becoming quite painful to watch. Last night's implode by the pen brought back memories from the past couple of years that I've been working hard to bury.

 
at 12:14 PM Blogger Ray Kinsella said...

The lineup from last night worked so well, let's try it again.

You can't just look at the average w/ runners in scoring position. I'd be curious to know how many opportunities the Reds have had and where they rank? It's hard to drive runners in when there aren't any on base! I think last night, the Reds only had 2 ABs with RISP and were 1 for 2. A .500 average looks great until you look a little closer.

 
at 12:14 PM Blogger Steve said...

Yesterday's lineup worked so well let's wheel it right back but switch Bako with Ross. Get ready for an another offensive explosion.
Or maybe just offensive.

Calling up Bruce is not the answer folks. Time to dismantle this bunch.

 
at 12:24 PM Blogger Ray Kinsella said...

Want another comparison?

Braves BA - .280
Reds BA - .248

Braves OBP - .343
Reds OBP - .319

Braves SLG - .439
Reds SLG - .403

 
at 12:31 PM Blogger John Fay said...

The Reds had 104 at-bats with two outs and RISP, second least in the baseball.

The Reds had 250 at-bats with RISP, 19th in baseball.

 
at 12:44 PM Blogger Ray Kinsella said...

"The Reds had 104 at-bats with two outs and RISP, second least in the baseball.

The Reds had 250 at-bats with RISP, 19th in baseball."

I think that pretty much says it all.

 
at 12:53 PM Blogger Steve said...

Call me crazy (ok, you're crazy) but I'd rather see Hatty at 1B, with Votto and Hariston in the OF.
In other words, sit Dunn & Griffey.
Send a stinkin' message.

 
at 1:10 PM Blogger Clueless Krivsky said...

Some of you can't get Corey Patterson run out of town fast enough in place of Jay Bruce, yet Jay Bruce's OBP isn't all that much better than Pattersons. (.305)

And then some of you complain because Patterson doesn't walk enough and then in your next breath continue to ask for Bruce.

Newsflash: Bruce has 5 walks this year and 27 strikeouts.

Bruce is not going to be our saviour this season.

 
at 1:14 PM Blogger omnired said...

Good point on the opportunities. There's been the 2nd fewest in the league.

Their avg w risp is better than their overall average. Get more guys on! Oops, I guess that just "clogs the bases."

 
at 1:25 PM Blogger DKINNEY said...

Hi John
One of the biggest problems of this team is its infatuation with Ryan Freel.All I ever hear is how he is such a throwback player and a sparkplug at the top of the order. As bad as this team has been,this engine needs to change its sparkplug and throw Freel back to another team.

 
at 1:41 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

"Calling up Bruce is not the answer folks. Time to dismantle this bunch."

Noone thinks Bruce is the "answer", wed just rather see him be mediocre while he learns to be great than see mediocre guys who will never be great.

(Patterson, Freel, Hairston)

I agree its time to try Votto in left, Hatte on first, at least a game or two. Hatteberg will match Dunns OBP, will hit 60 to 70 pts higher, and may even hit a HR or two.

Votto LF
Hopper CF
Bruce / Griffey RF

Dunn done

 
at 1:50 PM Blogger Ray Kinsella said...

Is that right...the Reds have only scored 3 runs in the last 4 games and are hitting .158? WOW!

 
at 1:53 PM Blogger Jonas said...

Could the lack of plate discipline be because of Dusty Baker. Walks clog the bases? You can't walk across home plate?

 
at 1:57 PM Blogger Ray Kinsella said...

John,

Why do Griffey, EE, Ross and Dunn REFUSE to hit the ball the other way? If I was a pitcher, I would pitch them away, away away. Even Kepp has become a pull hitter.

 
at 2:23 PM Blogger Lets Talk Reds Blogger said...

This is just getting worse and worse with each game.

Good luck with getting to 600 Griffey, but do it in Seattle. I could care less if he does it in Cincinnati. Send him away. Dunn too. I don't care about RBIs, HR, or OBP. Maybe its just bad chemistry. Make a change.

Bring up the minor leaguers. At least then we would have an excuse as to why we play like a minor league team.

 
at 2:23 PM Blogger jzilber said...

A couple days ago, Cubs' pitcher Rich Hill was yanked with 2 outs in the 1st inning after giving up 4 walks and one run. A relief pitcher came in and got the third out, and only one run scored. The Cubs lost the game, but at least they had a chance. (In fact, it went into extra innings.)

If only the Reds had a manager who realizes you don't wait until you're being blown out to remove a starter who can't get anyone out.

If only the Reds HAD a manager....

 
at 2:29 PM Blogger Ray Kinsella said...

You know you're in trouble when Paul Bako is your best hitter. As Marty would say, "That's a big ole have mercy!"

 
at 2:31 PM Blogger kingseyeland said...

Time to take Arroyo out of the rotation.

 
at 2:37 PM Blogger John from Cincinnati said...

THIS TEAM IS THE SORRIEST BUNCH OF LOSERS IN MY 36 YEARS OF WATCHING BASEBALL! IT'S TIME TO TURN THE ROSTER OVER, NOW!!!! 12-20, THE WORST RECORD IN MLB, LAST PLACE IN THE WEAKEST DIVISION AND WE WERE SUPPOSED TO CONTEND THIS YEAR! WHAT A BUNCH OF LOSERS! GET RID OF THEM ALL!!! THINGS HAVEN'T EVEN STARTED GETTING UGLY YET WITH THE FANS. JUST WAIT TILL THE NEXT HOWE GAME WHEN THE ATTENDANCE WILL BE 800. PLAYERS GETTING BOOED LEFT AND RIGHT. CASTELLINI IS HAVING A GROWING MELTDOWN WITH THE FANS. I WANT TO HEAR FROM WALT JOCKETTY, SOMETHING OUR PREVIOUS GM WOULDN'T DO, ADDRESS THE FANS. I WANT TO HEAR THE RESULTS OF THE ORGANIZATIONAL MEETINGS HE HAD IN ST. LOUIS. I WANT TO HEAR WHAT DIRECTION THIS TEAM IS GOING TO TAKE. I WANT TO HEAR WHAT THE PLAN IS. I WANT TO HEAR THEM ACKNOWLEDGE THIS TEAM IS GARBAGE. I WANT TO HEAR THEM SAY IT'S TIME TO GET RID OF PLAYERS WHO'S HEARTS DON'T BELONG TO CINCINNATI AND THEY'D RATHER BE PLAYING IN SEATLLE OR BOSTON. THEN GET RID OF THEM! NOW!!! NOT TOMORROW!!!! GET PLAYERS WHO WANT TO BE HERE AND WANT TO WIN AND THAT HAVE TALENT!!

 
at 2:38 PM Blogger Lets Talk Reds Blogger said...

This is just getting worse and worse with each game.

Good luck with getting to 600 Griffey, but do it in Seattle. I could care less if he does it in Cincinnati. Send him away. Dunn too. I don't care about RBIs, HR, or OBP. Maybe its just bad chemistry. Make a change.

Bring up the minor leaguers. At least then we would have an excuse as to why we play like a minor league team.

 
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