Bill and I discuss multiple topics of interest in the latest thrill-packed edition of the Redleg Nation Radio podcast. We talked about the outstanding pitching from the Reds in the early part of 2009, the lousy hitting, the shortstop situation, the Laynce Nix/Chris Dickerson battle royale, and what Reds fans can expect over the next few months from this club. Plus, Manny Ramirez, a Spotlight Player update, and a completely irrelevant and obscure Reds trivia question. Enjoy!

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8 Responses

  1. Bill Lack

    From today’s Enquirer:

    Laynce Nix was in the lineup in left field Thursday instead of Chris Dickerson. It sounds as if it could be a lasting change.

    “I talked to (Chris) Dickerson,” Dusty Baker said. “I said, ‘Hey man, you’ve got to go back to work. Nix is going good right now.’ It’s about winning ballgames. I’m not saying it’s all his fault, but Nix is doing his thing.

    Maybe he is a front runner… 😀

  2. jason

    Bill, that is the kinda news that can start this Toledoean’s day off on the right foot. Thx. Go Reds! Beat dem’ Redbirds!!

  3. GregD

    The article also discussed the A-gon situation:

    Gonzalez has played catch and . He hopes to swing the bat today and play by this weekend. “That’s ambitious,” Baker said. “He probably won’t take any swings until Saturday.” But Baker thinks Gonzalez can void avoid the DL.

    ❓ Two players have the flu…how many others will that spread to? The bench is already short. Gonzalez is expect to miss at least a week, why not put him on the DL??

  4. RiverCity Redleg

    Greg, I agree, we could use some help from AAA right now.

  5. GregD

    Re: Janish pitching –

    “I was worried about that,” Baker said. “I remember that’s how Jose Canseco got hurt. I told Paulie just throw fastballs and changeups. He’s a smart kid. He said he’ll do whatever we want. He’s my third catcher as well.”

    Janish will have a different plan if he pitches again.

    “Hindsight is 20-20,” he said. “But I probably should have used the changeup more.”

  6. Glenn

    Last night was a good team effort type win. Unfortunately, the defense was so bad that it was perilously close to being a team effort loss.

    Rosales is impressing me less and less these days. I see him as a career backup. On the brightside, Ramon Hernandez spelling Voto at first didn’t hurt the team that badly. I expect Dusty will do that again.

  7. GregD

    The other issue when guys are first called up, the opponent wouldn’t have an advance scouting report on the guy. Now that he’s played a couple of series with the Reds, the next opponent’s advance scouts are getting to see Rosales first-hand and file a report with their team.

    That’s why I think you’ll often see a guy come up, especially one that was hitting well before the promotion, and have a great first week, then cool off.

  8. RiverCity Redleg

    Good point, Greg, we see that all the time. It’s up to the hitter to make the neccessary adjustments at the plate. Good ones can do it continually. We’ll see if Rosales is a good one.