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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  1. Cincinnati Reds

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

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

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

  4. Votto homers to deep center field!!!!!

  5. Welcome to the big leagues, Joey Votto!

  6. Awesome.

  7. 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.

  8. 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:

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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

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

  13. Not to mention Hamilton’s bat.

    5-0.

  14. Haven’t read a word of it yet, but there’s a free article up on Baseball Prospectus today about Mackanin.

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

  16. Tuned in late!!!

    Welcome, Mr. Votto!!!

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

  18. What a fantastic start to you MLB career Joey!

  19. I doubt we’ll see Votto hitting eighth again!

  20. 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.

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

    Very nice outing for Tom Shearn.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

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

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

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

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

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About Chad Dotson

Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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2007 Reds, Game Thread, Reds - General