From the Cincinnati Enquirer
Miley’s reasoning for the odd lineup was Colorado left-hander Jeff Francis has had more trouble with right-handed hitters than left-handed ones.
Coming in., right-handers were hitting .303 off Francis, left-handers .270. But Francis had walked only two lefties, compared with 28 right-handers. He also had given up six home runs to right-handers and none to lefties.
But the numbers are skewed by the fact that Francis had faced many more right-handers (33 at-bats) than left-handers (185) before Friday.
Griffey has feasted on pitching at Coors. Entering the series, he was hitting .360 with eight home runs and 21 RBI in 50 at-bats. Dunn is hitting .333 with five homers in 33 at-bats here.
Miley’s reasons for these moves last night defy explanation.
The thing I find more interesting is that Fay (for John) basically rips him on it. The local media just doesn’t do this…
Could it be a sign that the end is near for Miley? And if so, who’s the logical replacement?
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.