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Game thread: Rockies at Reds — 2007.05.04

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:

Taveras cf
Tulowitzki ss
Holliday lf
Helton 1b
Atkins 3b
Hawpe rf
Torrealba c
Quintanilla 2b
Hirsh p

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171 thoughts on “Game thread: Rockies at Reds — 2007.05.04

  1. The reason Weathers is ahead of Graves on my hate meter is that this is Weathers’ second tour of duty with the team, and he was awful the first time. He has been terrible for this team, and even when he’s being “successful,” he is giving me a heart attack every time he appears.

    I just can’t stand him. Yeah, maybe it’s because Graves’ memory has faded into the past a bit, but I have to put Weathers at the top of my “least favorite” list. I was so happy when he left the first time around, only to see him return.

    I can’t wait until he’s gone again.

  2. Has Weathers ever been good for the Reds? At least Graves was a great closer at one point in time. I was at his final game as a Red and I was happy to see him go. I’ll feel the same about Weathers.

  3. Bucky Dent continued tonight in the footsteps of Jerry Narron. How could he not with Stanton and Weather and crew serving up BP. We can’t wait and hope that Billy Bray or EDE are going to the answers – we need help and we need it now.
    1. Figure out how to trade for at least one decent relif pitcher
    2. Maybe we could throw Jerry narron in on the deal as he has to be the least imaginitive manager since Dave Miley.

  4. Is it me or does Mark Berry do a terrible job at third base. He was lucky a couple of times on the road trip where he sent guys that should have been out by a mile but for a poor throw.

    This team ain’t winning the decision. I think Stanton and Weathers will have some trade value as setup men in July. The starting pitching has been pretty good. EE’s error killed Belisle tonight. EE has been terrible in the field and at the plate this year.

  5. Actually the bullpen did a pretty good job tonight. The offense stalled after the sixth.

  6. It is going to be hard to trade old guys who can’t get outs, no matter how sad the market is. I just can’t stomach watching games after the starters exit the game, knowing that Stanton and Weathers will be pitching. For guys who have been around for a long time, you would think they should know that you have to get ahead of hitters. That absolutely kills when they get down 2-0 and have to give a meat pitch. It will be a very long season, if things keep progressing the way they are now. I don’t know about anyone else, but I wish we had a guy like Scott Sullivan back when he would save our ass.

  7. One more thing, isn’t about time to dump Castro and bring up Keppinger. He is tearing it up, actually give us another bat on the bench. I think I feel more comfortable with Bronson hitting than Castro, and that is very very sad.

  8. Castro isn’t on the team to hit. He’s on the team as a late-inning defensive replacement for the sieve called Edwin Encarnacion.

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