From today’s Enquirer: “Everybody preaches on base percentage, which is great,” Baker said. “But I was talking to (Detroit manager) Jim Leyland about this the other day. You’ve got to have someone to drive them in. The name of the game is touch home plate the most.” It makes me absolutely insane that he just […]

I was one of the few people at this site who defended the Rolen trade from the start. Rolen’s presence turned the Reds from a pretender into a contender. The confidence, experience and model he provided for consistency, professionalism and running the bases seemed to convince the team they could win. Brandon Phillips and Joey […]

In a blurb today in Fay’s column, Dusty is asked about Frazier starting at SS: Todd Frazier came up as a shortstop, but Baker is using him only in emergency situations. He won’t be starting any games. “No, because he hasn’t played there since ‘A’ ball,” Baker said. “We’re experimenting enough here. If that was […]

You guys know that I’ve been the biggest Paul Janish supporter in the world for the last couple of years. That said: There is no scenario under which it is the correct decision to bat Janish second in a major league lineup. Period. There is an argument that Janish, one of the worst hitters in […]

– John Fay has a nice article on Jay Bruce today. It highlights everything I like about Jay Bruce. For example, he downplays his historic homer: “I kind of look at it as the start of something that’s going to be here for a long time,” he said. “That really wasn’t the start of it […]

No reason to get upset about spring training lineups, but I did want to point out that today’s lineup is the strangest one I’ve ever seen: Edgar Renteria 2b Paul Janish ss Fred Lewis lf Juan Francisco 3b Yonder Alonso 1b Chris Heisey rf Ramon Hernandez c Dave Sappelt cf Devin Mesoraco dh Johnny Cueto […]

Over at SI, Tom Verducci has an entertaining article about our manager. It’s your must-read for today: At the age of 61, and back for his 18th try at managing a World Series winner, Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker, a guy who in the first place didn’t want anything to do with managing, has become one […]

Yes, according to Hal McCoy: Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker will be back next season, armed with a new multi-year contract – probably a three-year extension. The deal could be announced before the Reds begin postseason play next mid-week for the first time in 15 years, but more likely after postseason play is completed. A […]

Johnny Cueto was a bit under the weather, but it appears he is going to make his scheduled start for the Reds tonight. That’s a good thing. Also, Paul Janish is playing again! It’s amazing! What is less amazing is that our intrepid manager has figured out a way to have the worst #2 hitter […]

A quote from Gary Matthews, Jr., batting .344 at AAA, from Sunday’s Louisville Courier-Journal: “It’s just a matter of at-bats,” he said. “I just didn’t play enough in New York. I think I got 56 at-bats and that’s just not enough. I feel great. I came here to get some at-bats.” Found on Redleg Nation […]

From John Fay: Shortstop Orlando Cabrera said after Thursday’s game he has been dealt with a sprained ankle since early June, when the Reds visited Washington. “Every day it’s a struggle, but I can still play,” Cabrera said. Cabrera was limping slightly as he left the clubhouse Thursday. Cabrera went 0-for-4 and his average dropped […]

There was some discussion yesterday on the game thread and overnight on the Recap about Dusty’s decisions to give players Sundays off. There was at least one comment that felt this was a common occurrence with the Reds this year…so I thought I’d take a look. [table id=24 /] I’m not sure one can draw […]