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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

Today's lineup

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
Aaron Harang p

v. RH Carlos Zambrano


15 Comments:

at 4:57 PM Blogger Ray Kinsella said...

All the talk with trading Griffey to Seattle, what do you think the Reds could get for him. Here is what I would ask for.

Jeff Clement would have to be one of the players. He would shore up our catching. Maybe we trade Grif and Ross for Clement, Mike Morse and Brandon Morrow.

 
at 5:01 PM Blogger Ray Kinsella said...

How 'bout this. Detroit is looking to shake up their roster. They released Jacque Jones and now have left field by committee.

The Reds send Adam Dunn to Detroit for Gary Sheffield! Gives the Reds a right-handed bat and Detroit a left-handed bat (which they need) and left-fielder.

Someone should make me the GM.

 
at 5:13 PM Blogger BATSFAN said...

Whens Bobby Livingston coming back, we could sure use him.

 
at 5:33 PM OpenID miami87 said...

Why in the name of Pete Rose's bookie can't this lineup absolutely rake?!

 
at 5:44 PM Blogger Scott said...

I would trade Griffey to Seattle for a prospect or whatever Seattle would be willing to give up for him, if Seattle would be willing to pay Griffey's salary. The Reds are going nowhere as presently constituted.

Give Griffey to Seattle, and then call up Bruce and plug him in RF.

Given Griffey's production at the plate, I find it doubtful that any "contender" will want him. Griffey is an oft-injured outfielder, batting .228 at present. If Griffey were batting over .300, the Reds would not be 7 games under .500.

Indeed, if Griffey had performed with the Reds to his hype (e.g. AKA, as Pujols does for St. Louis), the Reds would have had a winning season in the past 7 years.

Give Griffey to some other team, if some other team is willing to pay Griffey's salary.

All of that being said, I would really like Griffey to do well. If he does do well, the Reds will likely be competitive. Griffey says its frustrating to play for the Reds b/c of the Reds' struggles. The Reds have largely struggled because Griffey and Dunn have thus far tanked this season offensively.

 
at 5:53 PM Blogger Scott In Louisville, KY said...

Sheffield is old and washed up plus I believe he has a huge contract.

 
at 5:57 PM OpenID cegraves said...

Ray... you can't be serious, can you? The Mariners would probably not give the Reds Clement(only) for Ross and Griffey, much less Morse and Morrow to boot. Griffey will not bring a pauper's ransom - much less a kings ransom. You are going to have to dial down your expectations to a realistic level there fella

 
at 5:57 PM Blogger Frank Robinson's Ghost said...

Bobby Livingston seems like a nice guy, but he has mostly stunk to high heaven in the bigs leagues -- although he sure looked nice in Louisville.

I wouldn't want to count on him for much.

 
at 6:02 PM Blogger kingseyeland said...

No way Seattle gives up all of those players for Griffey and Ross.

And no way we should give up Dunn for a 39-year-old outfielder who hasn't hit a lick so far this year.

I agree that Griffey as part of a package to get Clement would be a great move.

 
at 6:07 PM Blogger mentalmidget said...

Lately, I've been wondering what Dusty brings to this team as manager, other than showing his love for Patterson. Now I know!! This guy is sharp!!!

PUT YOUR BEST HITTER IN THE 7 HOLE!! Great move, Dusty!!
When are you going to bat Patterson 4th???

 
at 6:19 PM Blogger Brandon said...

So anyone else thankful that Freel is our CF leadoff man. I guess him telling Dusty how he felt about Patterson helped.

 
at 6:26 PM Blogger Joe said...

Lets see if the Reds can get to the Big Z early tonight. Dunn needs to tune in and light it up tonight. A 2 HR, 3 hit night may be a lot to ask, but he needs to step up real real soon for this team.

Harang deserves some support. The guy should be 3-2 or 4-1 instead of 1-4. His team mates should be hanging their heads when they walk by his locker.

This team needs to go out and play like they are mad at someone. They do not know how to win or what a winning attitude is!

Walt Jockety should not put up with this too long. He needs to start shaking this team up if they don't put some serious wins on the board in the next few weeks.

I like Jr. and I like Dunn, but if neither of them are going to leaders in taking this team to a winning attitude, then I hope they are not standing in the way of others taking that leadership role. Both should be up for grabs in the trade market for whatever they will bring. Hopefully they can find a competitive team as a taker for Griffey.

 
at 7:06 PM Blogger Pat said...

Kepps batted .238 the last week. the seven hole is a good place for him. He is a good hitter, but hopfully not the Reds best.

That being said, Grif has hit .125, but the Reds need him to get going and batting him 7 isn't gonna help his attitude much.

I say the Reds will stroll into San Diego later this month and reach the .500 mark. I'm sorry if this optimism makes some of you puke.

 
at 7:25 PM Blogger mentalmidget said...

Pat,

I can't argue with Kepp's .238 avg last week, but he's proven he is a professional hitter - actually an ideal #2 hitter. I really shouldn't get on Dusty too much. I know he's trying to light a fire under these guys.

I can appreciate your optimism. That would be outstanding if your right. I'm going to the game tomorrow - my 6th trip to GABP this year. I just don't know if I can stomach much more. I know it's early but bad baserunning, LOB's, lack of hustle & effort, ect, ect. I can spend my hard earned $$$ elsewhere. I'm not quite ready to turn my back but 7 years is a long, long time. This team might be the worst of those teams. Just think how this team would look without Volquez and Cueto!!!

 
at 7:56 PM Blogger Richie Rich said...

Why in the name of Pete Rose's bookie can't this lineup absolutely rake?!

That's easy. Your leadoff guy is streaky at best. Your 2 hitter is in a decline. Your 3 hitter can't hit right handed pitching. Your 5 hitter gets pitched around.

 
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