Ouch! We are a quarter of the way through the season now and it appears that all that could’ve went wrong did and the Red’s have the 14-26 record to prove it. In an attempt to look at the bright side of things, here are a few positive items for the upcoming Cleveland series that may give us some hope that things may start bouncing the Reds way:

First off, from yesterday’s Cincy Enquirer, Adam Dunn has found a way to render Aaron Boone ineffective for the upcoming series after helping him break out of a slump.

Adam Dunn says he’s getting his bat back before this weekend.

Dunn sent his old buddy, former Red Aaron Boone, a bat to help get him out of his season-long slump.

“He went 2-for-4 and 1-for-3,” Dunn said. “But I already told him he’s not using the bats against us.”

Boone’s Cleveland club comes to Cincinnati on Friday for a weekend series.

Boone got in the habit of using Dunn’s bats when he was with the Reds.

“He was always grabbing them,” Dunn said.

Then today’s Cincy Post reports that Dave Miley has skipped Paul Wilson’s spot in the rotation for the Cleveland series my moving Ortiz up a day after today’s day off:

Manager Dave Miley said Wednesday that the Reds’ rotation this weekend against the Indians at Great American Ball Park will consist of Aaron Harang, Elizardo Ramirez and Ramon Ortiz.

And finally, and most important, the Reds have caught a huge break for the Cleveland series starting tomorrow. In yesterday’s transaction on the MLB.com site it is reported that Red killer, Coco Crisp, has been placed on the DL.

Cleveland Indians
Placed OF Coco Crisp on the 15-day disabled list with a right thumb sprain and recalled OF Jody Gerut from Triple-A Buffalo.

As bad as it has been, those are all great signs, and a reason to look for a turnaround starting this weekend.

A few intelligent roster moves wouldn’t hurt either. 🙂

Later,
Tom