But take a look at the box for today’s game vs the Blue Jays. The Reds threw a 2 hitter.

I’ve always liked Belisle and think he’s more suited for a starter spot…he sure turned some heads today, I’d imagine. The one hit he gave up was a flare, according to Trent Rosecrans.

Boy, talk about some Reds coming back from the dead…look at the Jays side of the box….Royce Clayton, Rey Olmedo, and Chad Mottola…Maybe that shutout by the Reds wasn’t so impressive after all.

One other thing, I’m reading more and more media comments about Valentin’s importance as a pinch hitter as a reason for keeping 3 catchers…sounds like the seed has been planted with the media.

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7 Responses

  1. DevilsAdvocate

    So because Valentín is a better hitter than most backup catchers, that could ‘force’ the Reds to hamstring themselves with a Sunday catcher? That is what they have emergency guys for – let Ryan Freel have some fun. Have him play all 9 positions in a game or something. But don’t put Moeller on the roster just because you want to use the LLM as a pinch-hitter.

  2. Tom

    How about they keep just two catchers, Valentin being the second one, and start Votto. Then they can have Hatteberg and Conine both coming off the bench to pinch hit.

  3. Dave Massey

    This three catchers nonsense is ridiculous. Narron keeps drawing up these scenarios in which they’d need three catchers, but CMON! Carrying a guy with a sub .200 BA is just plain dumb. It’s like having Clayton and Juan Castro on the same bench.

  4. abner

    Speaking of the media – I heard Marty talking about the Pirates pitcher named after him, but I didn’t hear him mention this nugget from the Enquirer Notebook:
    McLeary’s father is Max McLeary, an amateur umpire and a big fan of Brennaman’s. Marty McLeary was raised by his mother and didn’t know the story behind his name.”I’m your biggest fan now,” Brennaman said.

    Brennaman’s real name is Franchester. “You’re lucky you didn’t get stuck with that,” Brennaman said.

    hehehe. Now THAT is the type of Spring Training story I like to see.

  5. Chad

    You’re right, Bill. I’d say the die is cast and Chad Moeller will be on the Opening Day roster. God help us all.

    Seems like, with Hatteberg and Freel, the Reds would be alright if some injury felled Ross in the late innings after Valentin had already pinch-hit. If one of those guys can’t handle it for a couple of innings, sheesh.

    Instead, the Reds will insist on playing a player short the entire season.


  6. Mark T

    What are the odds that 1) Valentine pinch hits, and 2) Ross gets hurt in the same game? There’s porobalby a one in two chance the Valentine will come off the bench – the odds of Ross getting hurt are like maybe one in fifty? So you’re looking at a one in one hundred chance, and for that you carry a third catcher? I’d say lose a game in the standings due to the catcher shortage, and you’re still ahead of where you’d be shorting yourself one roster spot.

  7. Chris

    FWIW, Fay’s roster projection today doesn’t have Moeller on there.

    I didn’t hear the thing about the McLeary’s – wasn’t there an article in SI about them? I think they’re Steve Rushin’s cousin or something.