The mighty Redlegs return home tonight to begin a homestand with the visiting Colorado Rockies. Matt Belisle takes his 3-1 record (3.45 ERA) to the mound to face someone named Jason Hirsh, who has had a pretty good season thus far (2-2, 3.41). Tonight is the start of a three game set with the Rox, after which Houston will come to town for four games.
The Reds have not been outstanding on the road, so homestands like this one are more important. The Rockies and Astros, no matter how you slice it, aren’t the cream of the crop in the National League. The Reds need to win 4 or 5 of these games at home, no question about it.
Very interesting lineup tonight for the Reds:
Scott Hatteberg 1b
Brandon Phillips 2b
Ken Griffey rf
Edwin Encarnacion 3b
Adam Dunn lf
Alex Gonzalez ss
Josh Hamilton cf
David Ross c
Matt Belisle p
I wonder if Hatteberg has ever hit leadoff in his life. I give manager Jerry Narron credit here. It takes guts to throw The Book out the window and start a slow guy with a high OBP at the top of the order. Hope it works.
Here’s the lineup for Colorado:
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