Afternoon game today, and there is absolutely no reason to watch or listen to this game except for the fact that 1B Joey Votto will make his first major league start.

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27 Responses

  1. DevilsAdvocate

    Cincinnati Reds

    Hamilton, cf
    Gonzalez, ss
    Griffey, rf
    Phillips, 2b
    Dunn, lf
    Valentín, c
    Encarnacíon, 3b
    Votto, 1b
    Shearn, p

  2. RagTag

    I like that lineup…except for Gonzo in the 2 hole. Dumb. But the rest is not bad.

  3. RagTag

    Votto up third this inning. Love to see him get his first major league hit.

  4. RagTag

    Votto homers to deep center field!!!!!

  5. Jimmy James

    Welcome to the big leagues, Joey Votto!

  6. DevilsAdvocate

    So much for the idea that Votto wouldn’t have the power to hit in the majors, or whatever the rumors were about him. Now we just have to watch the glovework for the rest of the game.

  7. doug

    So ummm, good thing we are batting Joey Votto 8th.
    I went to last nights game, so I am glad to see his debut, but going to todays game might have been a little better :mrgreen:

  8. DevilsAdvocate

    Hamilton has a lot of talent, but he still needs a lot of work on recovering his baseball intelligence, which most often shows up on the basepaths. Never make the first or last out of the inning at third base.

  9. RagTag

    According to Thom, the glovework has looked good so far, based on a play or two earlier. That’s the very definition of a small sample size, though.

  10. RagTag

    You’re right, DA, but I gotta think that will come. He’s a natural. Just needs experience.

  11. DevilsAdvocate

    Wow. With an outfield arm like that, I’ll accept the occasional baserunning braincramp from Hamilton. Zowie.

  12. DevilsAdvocate

    Not to mention Hamilton’s bat.

    5-0.

  13. SchrockStar

    Shearn should’ve taken the easy out so Hamilton could’ve at least had a chance at a GS.

  14. Y-City Jim

    Tuned in late!!!

    Welcome, Mr. Votto!!!

  15. DevilsAdvocate

    Welcome indeed. Votto 3-3 with a walk and a homer that probably went 440′. Pretty good for a first start in the majors.

  16. Justin

    What a fantastic start to you MLB career Joey!

  17. ChicagoRedsFan

    I doubt we’ll see Votto hitting eighth again!

  18. renbutler

    Hey, how about some props for Shearn/McBeth/Burton/Stanton?

    Nine innings of shutout ball (three hits, five walks) against the best team in the league.

  19. DevilsAdvocate

    Nice to win a game for the first time in about a week, too. 7-0 final.

    Very nice outing for Tom Shearn.

  20. Glenn

    Hamilton still has some rust. You’re right DA, it shows on the basepaths and some of the routes he takes toward balls hit in the outfield. His upside is phenomenal. Another full year and the sky is the limit.
    The Reds are going to have to invest not only in a bullpen and a couple of starters, but with Votto there this team is getting very left handed at the plate. (Hamilton, Griffey, Dunn, Votto, probably Hatteberg). Phillips is terrific but Gonzales EE, and especially not Ross are not going to be enough to even out that lineup. Left handed pitching has killed the Reds all year.
    Finally, I’m now convinced that MaKanan will not be managing this team next year. He’s a good baseball man and he needs to stay in this organization, but he’s not the answer.

  21. Matt McWax

    Hopper (.354), Keppinger (.422), and Cantu (.308) all hit lefties well. I wouldn’t do anything about the balance other than play the right guys against lefties. Freel was the one who really killed them before at .143.

  22. Y-City Jim

    News services downplay the Reds win by saying that six Mets regulars were resting. I really hate the NY media.

  23. Shawn

    It’s completely true. Looked like the Mets’ “B” team out there.

  24. Glenn

    Matt, I agree except that there’s not much power from the right side in that lineup.

  25. Justin

    Bobby Livingston had successful surgery to repair his torn Labrumb. Here is to a fast but secured recovery. See you in Spring Training Bobby.