Tonight’s game vs. Houston Chad Dotson 07/01/2005 5 Game thread. Enjoy. Share this:TweetPrint 5 Responses DevilsAdvocate 07/01/2005 Dunn bats seventh tonight. Maybe it’s because Oswalt is a lefthander, and we’ll see him up in the order again tomorrow. Sure hope so – he and LÃƒÂ³pez were fantastic at the top of the order last night, and it was Randa, Casey, and Griffey (partially) who failed to drive them in. DevilsAdvocate 07/01/2005 You know, it occurs to me that I don’t know why I bother thinking about batting order at this point. We have four starting pitchers (including Wilson) who are, 9 times out of 10, putting the game out of reach before anyone can even get their uniforms dirty. And a bullpen that reliably fans the flames. There’s a ton of discussion out there about how bad the Reds’ pitching is, and that X should move to the bullpen and Y should be traded, etc. But those are reactionary moves without a strategy. What can be done to improve this pitching staff, either right away or for next year? Brian Erts 07/01/2005 You know, it occurs to me that I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know why I bother thinking about batting order at this point. Yep in the big world of problems that’s the tale of this beast. Scott 07/01/2005 Can you imagine if this keeps up for 3 more months? Bill 07/02/2005 What can be done? What will be done? Or what should be done? What should be done is get Milton and Ortiz out of the rotation. Find a way to DL Milton and move Ortiz to the bullpen where hopefully he’ll be as successful as he was in the past. Claussen and Harang should never be skipped in a start. If this team has young starters in the organization that are ready, these two are it. Claussen has been jerked around by the front office this year, but he’s pitching well nevertheless. I stick with Hudson a little longer and hope he’s just still getting his legs back under him. (That gives you 3 starters.) For the other two spots, I have no idea…see if someone from Louisville might be ready, even if they’re not on the 40 man. Seriously, if we lose someone like Weber or Stone, is it going to be a huge loss? Also, Booker from Louisville should be up here, helping in the bullpen. The fact that he’s not on the 40 man roster is O’Brien’s fault, not Booker’s.