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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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Friday, May 9, 2008

Lineup v. Mets, notes

Ken Griffey was a late scratch. He's ill.

Jerry Hairston Jr. 2B
Ryan Freel, RF
Corey Patterson, CF
Joey Votto, 1B
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B
Adam Dunn, LF
Jeff Keppinger, SS
Paul Bako, C
Matt Belisle, RHP

v. RH Mike Pelfrey

Brandon Phillips is out because of the bruised calf. He's available to pinch-hit with two outs, so he doesn't have to run too much. Dusty Baker hopes to have him back the next two days with the Reds facing left-handers Johan Santana and Oliver Perez. Phillips is hitting .452 off lefties, second in the league.

One of the reasons, Edinson Volquez went seven innings and 118 pitches Wednesday was that Kent Mercker wasn't available.

It's still raining here. If the game's banged, they'll play a day-night doubleheader at 1 and 8 tomorrow.

I thought I had a bad travel day. Hal McCoy's was worse. He left at 7. The plane had to turn around and return to Dayton when passengers became ill from fumes. He ended up going through Washington and getting in about 4.

So he left two hours before me and got in a hour after me -- and his luggage didn't make it.

I had one more glitch after the air travel woes. The subway train stopped about two stops from Shea. "We're waiting for police and medical emergency personnel." The delay was about 30 minutes. We ended up talking to Dusty at 5, rather than 3:40.

Then we couldn't get on wireless. I love New York. Hate the hassles and Shea.


at 6:46 PM Blogger Eric said...

I was debating whether or not to watch this game tonight. Belisle pitching had me on the fence. Patterson hitting third makes my decision easy. Prediction: 1.5 hr rain delay, reds lose 7-2.

at 6:48 PM Blogger Greg said...

try to stay positive guys... patterson is not leading off ... lets not focus that the guy with the worst BA is batting in the "RBI/best hitters" spot...

at 6:54 PM Blogger Pat said...

Patterson third? I bet there's 30 posts in the first 10 minutes mentioning this.

at 7:02 PM Blogger Mike said...

The theory tonight from Dusty is he is starting his "Speed" line up. So. with Griffey out sick..he looked down and selected Patterson at .200 with a .260 OBP and 11 RBI's to bat #3. My question is...why is Keppinger batting #7..hitting .292 with a .336 OBP and 16RBI's??? Keppinger could bat 3rd just as well and retain the "Speed" that he wanted at the top of the line up. Patterson should be batting #7 or lower..but batting 3rd is doing nothing except putting more pressure on Patterson especially since he is struggling. You might say..he setting him up to fail.

at 7:06 PM Blogger Arden Dulou said...

Patterson starts! Why oh why...

at 7:09 PM Blogger Pokey Reese said...

Patterson batting 3rd? What a joke.

at 7:18 PM Blogger Ray Kinsella said...

Griffey's ill? Dang, I was hoping he had been traded. Toronto sure made some trades today.

at 7:26 PM Blogger Richie Rich said...

Is this some sort of surprise? We already know Dusty doesn't look at stats. Now that we've moaned about it, he'll hit a few bombs.

at 7:55 PM Blogger Zippy said...

The reason Patterson is hitting third is obvious... it's because Dusty isn't allowed to have him bat 1 through 9.

at 8:06 PM Blogger Kevin said...

Wait, I've seen this lineup before. Oh right, it was against the Twins in a split squad B game in spring.

I lived in Chicago during the Dusty years. This is another great example why he was run out of town.

- He forces guys like patterson down fans throats under the "he is a vet and deserves a chance to snap out of it" defense. Trust me, Keppinger would be riding pine for Gonzo if he were healthy.

- He gives pitchers a ton of slack. Everybody can see Arroyo didn't have it against the Braves, but Dusty lets him pitch one more batter. Chipper hits a 3 run blast, then goes to take him out after the game is out of reach. He always waits too long hoping a vet pitcher can get himself out of trouble.

- He has no fire when the team is struggling and the "players manager" turns into, no accountability.

- He wears sweat bands for some reason. To me, the most annoying thing of all.

Dusty is just frustrating, end of story.

at 8:08 PM Blogger Kevin said...

What will happen first.....

1) Patterson strikes out.
2) Freel gets picked off.
3) Belisle gives up a bomb.

Patterson gets odds cause he is destined to K in the first but Freel does bat before him so there is a chance.

These types of bets make the season interesting.

at 8:14 PM Blogger Arden Dulou said...

I see why he is batting third now. I remember when Dusty said back after they picked Patterson up that Patterson was at his best when he didn't try to be a power hitter. He would just hit singles and use his speed to advance.

And right there is why he is batting third. Because to be his best he shouldn't hit for power so put him in a power hitting spot... makes perfect sense.

at 8:16 PM Blogger GH from NJ said...

I am going to the game tomorrow please change the lineup. If I have to watch Patterson bat 3rd I will do the unthinkable and become a Yankee fan.

at 10:55 PM Blogger Jonas said...

OK John, jokes over, what was the REAL lineup supposed to be tonight? There is no way any sane person would bat Corey Patterson third. I wouldn't bat him third on my coed softball team.

at 12:22 AM Blogger Aaron said...

MORONS! Obviously Patterson got plugged in at the last minute, that is why he is batting 3rd. Griff was a late scratch, its the very first sentence in Fay's entry. So rahter than re-write the lineup you simply swap the guy with the backup. I know you cyber geniuses want to post a new lineup and sure it sounds simple enough, but the standard practice on a late scratch is to simply swap the guy instead of re-script the whole thing. Its not all pure math there is psychology, handling egos, trying not to humiliate a guy (Patterson). And you know what Patterson has come up with more clutch hits than half the players on this team. Yea he is down right now and shouldn't be leading off or batting third, but a spot emergency start is nothing to have a witch hunt over. You people need to get a friggin life.

at 12:28 AM Blogger Aaron said...

I'd also like to know how many people would have the guts to call out Pete Rose for starting Eddie Milner and Gary Redus at leadoff when he was player manager in the late 80s. COme on, step up. How many of you would have demanded Pete's resignation and insisted ROn Oester be the leadoff hitter. SHow of hands, come on don't be shy.

Also, the Twins are in first place with Carlos Gomez batting leadoff. What's his OBP??? Why are they batting him leadoff? Oh yea cause he's the fastest guy on the team and can swipe bases better than anyone else.

Patterson is not the reason this team sucks. You nerds need to get a friggin life instead of pouring over stats all day long. THere arent too many Rickey Henderson's and TIm Raines available right now. You can either bat a slow guy leadoff and sacrifice steal potential or bat a fast guy with less OBP. Patterson has been phased out by Dusty and Ryan has gotten the bulk of the ABs but you continue to whine like little children. Don't you have anything better to do than harp on this one little thing? Patterson has won us more games than he has lost. He has actually led off many games with hits placing himself in scoring position only to be stranded by your dynamite heart of the order players.

The whole team sucks right now except for a small handful of guys. And just about everyone has made a boneheaded play or two that has cost us a game.

at 11:40 AM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

"MORONS! Obviously Patterson got plugged in at the last minute, that is why he is batting 3rd."

What no eraser on Dusty's pencil or just too lazy to re-arrange the batting order. What a stupid comment.

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