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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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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Lineup v. Cubs

Corey Patterson CF
Jerry Hairston SS
Ken Griffey Jr. RF
Brandon Phillips 2B
Joey Votto 1B
Adam Dunn LF
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
Paul Bako C
Edinson Volquez P

v. RH Jon Lieber

Jeff Keppinger is getting a day off. Right-handers are hitting .241 off Lieber, left-handers .348.


27 Comments:

at 11:43 AM Blogger Steve said...

I like this lineup better. Freel's a nice fill-in but not everyday player. Hariston gets the call-up, plays well then sits for over a week. Glad to see he's back in. Griffey's best in the 3hole. Valentine must be on his way out. We never see him anymore.
Bako catches 3 days in a row! Is Ross still nursing a bad back?

 
at 11:55 AM Blogger Mark said...

Finally Hairston is back in the line-up. I would prefer Kepp over Patterson any day. Patterson should go and bring Bruce up.

 
at 12:02 PM Blogger Richie Rich said...

Ugh. Either Dusty doesn't look at stats, or can't comprehend them.

 
at 12:02 PM Blogger Danny C. said...

Patterson = HORRIBLE! I know Freel is not every day - how good would Bruce or Dickerson look in there, compared to Patterson. Oh well, Go Reds (I'll take two out of three).

 
at 12:06 PM Blogger gannfan said...

John - I read the ESPN article at the link below...

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3384504

it's about unsigned free agents, but the line that caught my attention was this one...

Recently, the Mariners and the Tigers have developed what would seem to be a classic situation for Bonds -- the need for a left-handed hitter and an opening at designated hitter

Don't the Reds have a couple of LH hitters that might also fill the need of an AL DH?

 
at 12:06 PM Blogger Arden Dulou said...

When will we hear about Arroyo and the tests run?

Prediction, if Belisle fails agains be prepared to see Shearn instead of Bailey. This is based on the super 2 rule (if it applies to Bailey).

We should start a 'What will the 25 man roster be in July' post. :)

 
at 12:12 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

Alan Cutler had a nice mention of Josh Hamilton earlier today..

Hairston is in the lineup..the season is salvaged

 
at 12:17 PM Blogger Mike said...

What is the definitive answer for "an everyday player" ? Why is Freel NOT an everyday player? What does he have to do?? Some way somehow, someone once upon a time..decided based on I assume a litany of reasons..that Freel is incapable of being an everyday starter, physically, mentally or otherwise. Just say for instance ..Encarnacion is!Did he pass all the tests and qualifications?? He get his full time job back time after time
How does a player obtain everyday status?? Whatever the reason..Ryan Freel is what this teams needs right now!

 
at 12:18 PM Blogger Jeff said...

And if Hamilton could pitch like Volquez, he would probably still be here.

 
at 12:20 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

Ryan Freel usually does well for a week or two..he is tremendous hustle without a lot of talent

 
at 12:21 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

Ill take Hamilton in the lineup everyday helping this team

 
at 12:25 PM Blogger CoachD178 said...

John,

What is the deal with Valentin? Does Baker dislike him that much as a catcher? The Reds are facing a right handed pitcher who lefties kill. Valentin tore it up last year from the left side. The Reds had a winning record in games he caught last season. Also, Bako is catching 3 games in a row plus the third game is a day after night. What gives?

 
at 12:25 PM Blogger Greg said...

is it possible that we could at least flip flop harriston & patterson? seriously.. harriston at least gets on base (at least has so far... i know the career numbers...)

 
at 12:43 PM Blogger Richie Rich said...

What is the deal with Valentin? Does Baker dislike him that much as a catcher? The Reds are facing a right handed pitcher who lefties kill. Valentin tore it up last year from the left side.

See above. Dusty doesn't look at splits. If he did, Phillips would not bat 3rd or 4th against right handers.

 
at 12:46 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Valentin hasn't been good defensively this year. Bako is going to catch Volquez and Cueto every time out. Think of Valentin as a pinch-hitter who can catch.

 
at 12:47 PM Blogger TimmyT said...

I'm SICK of seeing Corey Patterson at the top of this order!!! It's time to Stanton-ize this pitiful excuse for a leadoff hitter. While were at it, I agree with GANNFAN. Send Jr. back to Seattle for his swan song, and Dunn to Detroit. Jocketty: clean house NOW and put Dusty on notice. Check the standings! We are worse than the Nationals, and they were supposed to be the doormats of the NL!!!!

 
at 12:55 PM Blogger Fkdrad said...

Sarasota: Moving up!!
SaraReds shortstop, Chris Valaika was called up today to AA Chattanooga. He hit .363 with 7hr and 31 rbi., all league leading figures. (Shortstop Jose Cruz was sent down from Chatt. to fill the roster spot)

 
at 1:01 PM Blogger John Fay said...

If the only stat matters in wins and losses. IT should be noted that the Reds are 4-2 in the games Volquez hasa played in. The Rangers are 14-20 in the games Hamilton has played in.

 
at 1:03 PM Blogger Jason said...

If Dusty feels the need to keep putting Patterson in this lineup I wish he would at least put him down at 8th in the order. I get so ticked every time I see this sorry excuse for a player in the lineup especially leading off. I would rather see the pitcher leading off. He has to have the lowest OBP of any leadoff hitter in this league.

 
at 1:33 PM Blogger Richie Rich said...

If the only stat matters in wins and losses. IT should be noted that the Reds are 4-2 in the games Volquez hasa played in. The Rangers are 14-20 in the games Hamilton has played in.

Many ways to look at this. In most cases, the starting pitcher has the ultimate influence on the outcome of a game. A hitter shares that influence with 7 other guys. Where Volquez really would be valuable is in post season play where he would face opponents twice and shut down their offense. If only we could get there!

 
at 1:40 PM Blogger TimmyT said...

Patterson: 2 ABs, 2Ks. Walt, please stop the bloodletting. While your at it, fire Baker, and get a manager that knows that a leadoff hitter should have a BA higher than the Mendoza line!

 
at 2:17 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

only one way to look at "this" Hamilton was fun to watch everyday

 
at 2:28 PM Blogger Richie Rich said...

We should base the roster on who's fun to watch, not who's going to result in the most team wins.

 
at 2:48 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

thats the enjoyment of actually going to the ballpark ..for some of us

 
at 2:52 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

we all miss Mr Redlegs and his multiple personalities

 
at 3:47 PM Blogger ST fan said...

John you gave the stats for Hamilton and Volquez. When Volquez has been in REDS are 4-2....5-2 now. When Hamilton has been in Texas is 14-20. Percent is better for Volquez...... BUT as we have said, pitchers only play every 5th day...so it looks to me like Volquez has 5 wins and Hamilton has 14? I could argue either side of this one...lol

 
at 2:02 PM Blogger robdicken said...

only one way to look at "this" Hamilton was fun to watch everyday

He played 90 games. He didn't play "every day".

He was hurt 2-3 times last year.

 
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