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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 13, 2008

Minor matters

Talked an AL scout who has seen Daryl Thompson pitch twice. He said the times he saw Thompson, Thompson's stuff was good enough to get big leaguers out. "The first batter of the game he throws a 74-mph curve for a strike. The next pitch is 94 on the inside corner. As hitter, you're thinking: What the hell is coming next?"

From Jamie Ramsey

Louisville sweeps a doubleheader at Richmond…Jay Bruce 4-for-4 (HR) and 1-for-3 in the 2 games…he’s leading the league with 48 hits and a .348 average…Andy Phillips extends his hitting streak to a league-best 15 straight games…Chris Dickerson homers…Matt Maloney was 2 outs away from a no-hitter…Tom Shearn solid in game 2 (6ip, 3h, 1r, 0bb, 4k)…Chattnooga squanders a 6-1 lead and spoils another fine outing by Daryl Thompson (6ip, 1r/0er, 4bb, 5k)…Cody Strait working on a 10-game hitting streak…Tonys Gutierrez has reached base safely in 20 straight games (28-67, .418)…Sarasota tops Ft. Myers…Alex Smit outstanding in his 6.0 innings (3h, 1r, 2bb, 8k)…Mike DeJesus with 3 hits…Juan Francisco extends his hitting streak to 7 games…Dayton wins today to go 7 games over .500 for the first time this season…Enerio Del Rosario continues to excel since his move to the rotation…the Dragons won last night, too…Curtis Partch fantastic in his 6.0 innings (2h, 1r/0er, 1bb, 7k)…Phil Valiquette tres bien in relief.

Reds minor league starting pitchers over the last 6 games are 4-0 with a 0.49 ERA (37ip, 18h, 5r/2er, 9bb, 36k).

THOMPSON’S GETTING BULLIED: Chattanooga’s Daryl Thompson is 2-1 with a 1.28 ERA in 8 starts this season...In each of his 5 no-decisions, the Lookouts were leading when he left the game (5 blown saves)…In his only loss of the season (4/25 vs. Carolina), Thompson allowed 3 unearned runs on 4 hits in 7.2ip (3bb, 11k)…Overall, 7 of Thompson’s 8 appearances have been quality starts…He’s holding opponents to a .200 batting average and leads all Reds minor league pitchers in ERA (1.28) and strikeouts (49).


at 5:04 PM Blogger The Dunce Cap Marvel said...

what are the odds Thompson gets a look see at the major league level before this season's all said and done? Seems like every week we hear someone new talk about how he could be something special.

Also, Buster Olney argued today on ESPN that the Reds should baby Cueto a little more and send him down to get his confidence back. What are your thoughts on this? Should the Reds consider sending him down to AAA; is he in danger of mentally getting overwhelmed?

at 5:31 PM Blogger will said...

How about we just call the whole AAA team up. Couldnt do much worse.

at 5:45 PM Blogger John Fay said...

My guess is Thompson gets a Sept. callup at the very least. I would not send Cueto down. I'd give him two or three starts under the new "no shake off" mandate and see how it works.

at 6:55 PM Blogger mentalmidget said...

Sounds like Thompson can be the 3, 4 or 5 starter right now!!! Bailey; 4 or 5.

at 7:11 PM Blogger Joe said...

Cueto will toughen up and get the pitch management skills he needs quicker facing major league hitter. Volquez and Coco will help him. He'll get his confidence with a a couple good outings. I hope they don't put too many inning on him. That is why having Fogg, Bailey and others in the background creates a great situation for Cueto.

at 7:12 PM Blogger Joe said...

dunce cap - bet your mom's proud of that moniker isn't she?

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