Game Thread: Mets at Reds — 2007.09.05 Chad Dotson 09/05/2007 27 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. Discuss it here. Share this:TweetPrint 27 Responses DevilsAdvocate 09/05/2007 Cincinnati Reds Hamilton, cf Gonzalez, ss Griffey, rf Phillips, 2b Dunn, lf ValentÃƒÂn, c EncarnacÃƒÂon, 3b Votto, 1b Shearn, p RagTag 09/05/2007 I like that lineup…except for Gonzo in the 2 hole. Dumb. But the rest is not bad. RagTag 09/05/2007 Votto up third this inning. Love to see him get his first major league hit. RagTag 09/05/2007 Votto homers to deep center field!!!!! Jimmy James 09/05/2007 Welcome to the big leagues, Joey Votto! RagTag 09/05/2007 Awesome. DevilsAdvocate 09/05/2007 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. doug 09/05/2007 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 DevilsAdvocate 09/05/2007 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. RagTag 09/05/2007 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. RagTag 09/05/2007 You’re right, DA, but I gotta think that will come. He’s a natural. Just needs experience. DevilsAdvocate 09/05/2007 Wow. With an outfield arm like that, I’ll accept the occasional baserunning braincramp from Hamilton. Zowie. DevilsAdvocate 09/05/2007 Not to mention Hamilton’s bat. 5-0. DevilsAdvocate 09/05/2007 Haven’t read a word of it yet, but there’s a free article up on Baseball Prospectus today about Mackanin. SchrockStar 09/05/2007 Shearn should’ve taken the easy out so Hamilton could’ve at least had a chance at a GS. Y-City Jim 09/05/2007 Tuned in late!!! Welcome, Mr. Votto!!! DevilsAdvocate 09/05/2007 Welcome indeed. Votto 3-3 with a walk and a homer that probably went 440′. Pretty good for a first start in the majors. Justin 09/05/2007 What a fantastic start to you MLB career Joey! ChicagoRedsFan 09/05/2007 I doubt we’ll see Votto hitting eighth again! renbutler 09/05/2007 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. DevilsAdvocate 09/05/2007 Nice to win a game for the first time in about a week, too. 7-0 final. Very nice outing for Tom Shearn. Glenn 09/05/2007 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. Matt McWax 09/05/2007 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. Y-City Jim 09/05/2007 News services downplay the Reds win by saying that six Mets regulars were resting. I really hate the NY media. Shawn 09/05/2007 It’s completely true. Looked like the Mets’ “B” team out there. Glenn 09/06/2007 Matt, I agree except that there’s not much power from the right side in that lineup. Justin 09/07/2007 Bobby Livingston had successful surgery to repair his torn Labrumb. Here is to a fast but secured recovery. See you in Spring Training Bobby.