Daryl Thompson’s major league debut. In Yankee Stadium. No pressure!

So, how will the young guy perform? Any predictions?

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  1. Brantley is about as exciting as watching rocks decompose …

  2. WAY TO GO PATTERSON!! We never doubted you your talents. Good luck with your next 500 homeruns on the way to cashing your ticket to the hall of fame.

  3. My brother does a really good impression of Brantley. It’s in the same vein as Will Ferrell’s G.W. Bush impression, in that it doesn’t really sound much like him, but the tone is just spot-on funny. You just drawl, “welllll, the thing about baseballllll is buhhhh-duh-buh-bah-buh-bah-buh-buhhhhh.”

  4. Enjoy, CeeKer!!!

  5. Darn I missed it, Corey Patterson gets a hit and drives in runs!! Sorry Norris Hopper but you’ll be on the bench for the rest of the year even if you are in the running for the batting title

  6. This is kinda a gratifying moment for Krisky. The 2 of the main pieces of “the trade” are pitching a shutout at Yankee Stadium.

  7. Does that mean we’re going to see Majewski as well?

  8. Yikes, here comes Stormy … if he has to face Arod with runners on, this lead could be gone quick

  9. Someone needs to tell Bray his sideburns are not doing the job.

    Seriously they look ridiculous.

  10. Please don’t screw this up, DW.

  11. 2 down, one to go

  12. It’s always nice when MLBers don’t know how many outs there are.

    🙄

  13. WOW!!! Houdini never had escapes like we have seen today.

  14. good job, Arod leads off the 8th with the bases empty … that should put Coco on the mound in the 9th against the bottom of the order

  15. Krivsky has been hired by the Mets as a special assistant (scout) to GM Omar Minaya

  16. What’s Hatcher’s job? Base running?

  17. “The Trade” still stinks, and I lost a lot of respect for Chris Welch trying to spin it like it was a good deal for the Reds. Two lame middle relievers and a pitching prospect for two young starting position players with an .800 OPS at the time of deal is stupid is as stupid does. No matter what these players ever do, it was a bad trade since Krivsky didn’t get comparable value at the time of the deal.

  18. ALRIGHT!!! TWO MORE THANKS TO BP!

  19. The trade wasn’t that bad.

  20. I don’t know what Krivsky knew and what he didn’t know at the time, but the trade is starting to look pretty good.

  21. Tom, the future value is what what the trade is worth…Griffey for instance may have a lot of current trade value but certainly he won’t have any in 3-4 years…at least not as a player.

  22. I take it that Dusty isn’t known for stressing fundamentals.

  23. Can anyone else figure out what Burton is doing in the game right now. This is the time you use Majewski or Lincoln, Dusty. I can’t wait until the 8th inning when Burton is either unavailable or dead armed tomorrow.

  24. Ben – On the radio they were speculating that Burton started warming up before it was 6-0, so they decided to go ahead and use him. I’m not saying that they should have, but it’s an explanation of some sort.

  25. The Kearns-Lopez deal might be best described as lame.

    This is a bad deal.

  26. Griffey has very little trade value at this point … most scouts feel he cant get around on good fastballs anymore … I cant see us getting anything in return for him unless we are willing to swallow most of his ’08 salary as as agree to pay his $4M’09 buy out … even then it wont be more than a mid level wanna be prospect

  27. When is the last time Junior actually hit a ball hard?

  28. I think if you look at the value of the players today, the players we got are more valuable than the ones we gave up. That wasn’t always the case, though, and we’ll see how long it lasts. But Bray and Thompson are valuable, they’re young, and even Majewski has been useful recently.

  29. Probably when he hit #600

  30. From Fay’s blog:

    Juan Duran, the $3 million 16-year-old, went 2-for-4 with two triples and a walk for the Reds team in the Dominican Summer League. He’s hitting .417 with .588 on-base. In 13 of his 15 plate appearances have ended in a hit, walk or strikeout.

  31. Even #600 wasn’t exactly stung.

  32. Not to mention #600 was a curveball …

  33. Comment from MaxRedleg on Fay’s blog referring to the Krivsky hiring by the Mets:

    Special Assistant to the GM is that not like George Castanza was for the NYY in the Seinfeld Show?

    That is hilarious!!!

  34. 2 Wins, makes that miserable homestand hurt a little more as they could be close to .500

  35. What does everyone think of D.T.? I was a little worried but I’d say he’s got a great head on his shoulders and definitely looks better than Bailey!

  36. I think Thompson walks to many people and the Reds swing at too many pitches. The Yankees pitcher only threw 55 pitches through 5 innings.

  37. DT has some pretty good stuff but he must become more pitch efficient the next time out against the Indians. I think he will be going against C.C. Sabathia.

  38. I know Adam Dunn hits 40, scores, walks and drives in 100, but sometimes the big guy is just totally useless.

  39. As is any player, some more than others such as CP.

  40. I was listening to Sporting News Radio this afternoon (missed part of the game because of the wife) and they had some interesting things to say about the Reds. They said that the Reds have a lot of good young players-Bruce, Votto, Cueto, Volquez, Thompson were mentioned-but they have the worst manager for young players in Dusty Baker, a guy who does not like young players. They also said that some managers fill out their line-up based on production and others on loyalty and Dusty was definitely a loyalty guy (can you say Corey Patterson). They did say he was a good fit in Cincinnati in the fact there were no expectations and he does better when there is little to no expectation, but as the Reds get better with the young players that expectations will increase and that is where he struggles. Thought it was interesting.

    Tom-The trade was a good one. The Reds gave up two useless players in Kearns in Lopez. I wouldn’t want either one of them.

    I find it hilarious that people on this board rip Marty B for being “negative” where there is not a more negative group than the people on this board. Y City Jim being the leader in the clubhouse. Marty B tells it like it is and is right 99 percent of the time.

    I want to keep Dunn, but his lack of production in those situations (runner on third and less than two outs) can be very annoying.

  41. for a guy making his major league debut at Yankee stadium, he didn’t pitch poorly. What stood out most to me was how he would be very aggressive in getting to two strikes and then try to “finesse” his way to a strike out. He loosened up and lost a little control of his pitches.

    I don’t think it’s a problem that can’t be fixed and I’m pretty excited about his and the Reds future with all of these young arms

  42. KEEP DICK POLE AWAY FROM HIM!!!

    😀

  43. fire dick pole
    get a good coach to help these youngins and we’ll be fine

  44. That story seems quite accurate about Dusty Baker and answers a lot of questions we have on his rationale. No matter, he is a terrible manager for this current team. It still does not answer why you put a reliever in that has a 5.00+ ERA in a close game when you have a rested reliever at a 2.50 ERA in the pen? These are foolish decisions that he should answer to his superior manager and owner for. If it were my money, I’d eat Dusty’s contract and bring McKannon back (spelling?). Bottom line from Castalinni’s standpoint looking at Dusty Baker: Loyalty Does not win games! He fired Krivsky for less so I can’t see why Dusty should be around too many years at this rate.

  45. Bottom line from Castalinni’s standpoint looking at Dusty Baker: Loyalty Does not win games! He fired Krivsky for less so I can’t see why Dusty should be around too many years at this rate.

  46. Hey, I hit one out, so will everyone quit ragging on me? That homer raised my average to .193.

    I’m starting every game for the rest of the season for sure now.

  47. You’re a poopyhead, Corey Patterson.

    😀

  48. I guess on WLW Extra Innings today they said that Keppinger would be activated for tomorrow’s game. He was not in the Bats line-up today.

  49. #140,

    If you want to see some negativity, check out the message boards on reds.com. It’s absolutely absurd.

  50. Alright Keppinger in the line up!! Oh, maybe not since Dusty is the manager he’ll probably have a .195 batter instead so he can be “loyal” never mind the team has about the worst average with RISP.

  51. The Reds probably the team with the least number of RISP.

  52. Like Johnny Cueto before him, I think Daryl Thompson just flew by Homer Bailey on the Reds depth chart. I would not at all be suprised if Homer’s dealt sometime before spring training. It might be a good move for both him and the Reds.

  53. The thing is if you fix Bailey’s mechanical flaws you have someone as awesome as the others. Imagine Harang plus four young guns. Plug the offensive holes mainly at catcher and right field and it looks pretty good.

  54. I’d give Bailey until the end of the season, then trade. I just can’t see keeping him and agree with Glenn. Hopefully he is not scarred for good. You just never know, some players are over rated and some are under rated. The Reds need a player who is clutch and hits for average with a little pop so that’s what I’d get. Maybe Textiera (spelling?) at 1b and Votto in the OF?

  55. I hope I’m wrong and Bailey gets things figured out. I’m just wondering if that day is ever going to come.

  56. Trade Bailey? For what? I’m not sure it is even mechanical. I was at the game he started in Philly LAST YEAR and he wasn’t breaking 87 on the gun. Something is wrong, just not sure it is mechanical.

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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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