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OnBaseMachine
04-01-2009, 12:08 PM
80 Darnell McDonald........ CF

60 Adam Rosales.............. 1B

50 Laynce Nix................... RF

31 Jonny Gomes............... LF

28 Edwin Encarnacion...... 3B

64 Chris Valaika................ 2B

7 Paul Janish................... SS

29 Ryan Hanigan................ C

34 Homer Bailey RHP

Today is the Reds last road game of the spring.

BRM
04-01-2009, 01:05 PM
It's young guns day. Except for McDonald anyway.

redsmetz
04-01-2009, 01:24 PM
I wonder if Keppinger will play for the Astros today.

Hoosier Red
04-01-2009, 01:25 PM
I guess Kissimee is a long trip from Sarasota, so everyone who had the moxie to ask for a day off did?

HeatherC1212
04-01-2009, 01:43 PM
I read earlier today that it's a 2.5 hour drive from Sarasota to Kissimmee and that the 'regulars' were all playing in minor league games today back in Sarasota. :)

BRM
04-01-2009, 01:52 PM
Astros lineup.

Matsui 2B
Rodriguez, I C
Tejada SS
Lee LF
Blum 1B
Michaels RF
Bourn CF
Johnson 3B
Oswalt P

HeatherC1212
04-01-2009, 02:06 PM
I wonder if our B team will be able to hit Oswalt today considering how much trouble he usually gives our A team during the season. :bang:

redsfan30
04-01-2009, 02:14 PM
Homer put down Matsui, Pudge and Tejada in one, two, three fashion with ease.

TheNext44
04-01-2009, 02:15 PM
It looks like the guys competing for jobs are all starting: Bailey pitching, McDonald/Nix and Rosales/Janish. The fact that Castillo is not in there probably means he is headed for AAA. I wonder if Herrera and Bray will pitch?

bucksfan
04-01-2009, 02:20 PM
I listened to the pre-game in my truck before coming in from lunch : Dusty did not comment directly about who the 5th starter would be, but everything he said about Homer (all positive BTW) sure gave the indication he was going down and Owings would be the guy.

redsmetz
04-01-2009, 02:22 PM
Astros lineup.

Matsui 2B
Rodriguez, I C
Tejada SS
Lee LF
Blum 1B
Michaels RF
Bourn CF
Johnson C
Oswalt P

No 3rd baseman?

OnBaseMachine
04-01-2009, 02:25 PM
No 3rd baseman?

Chris Johnson is the third baseman.

redsfan30
04-01-2009, 02:25 PM
Homer has another perfect 2nd inning.

Oswalt is perfect through two as well.

BRM
04-01-2009, 02:27 PM
Chris Johnson is the third baseman.

I cut and pasted from mlb.com and didn't check it. Good catch.

OnBaseMachine
04-01-2009, 02:34 PM
Homer Bailey has the only hit of the game through 2 1/2 innings.

redsmetz
04-01-2009, 02:37 PM
I cut and pasted from mlb.com and didn't check it. Good catch.

I was wondering if Kepp was hiding beneath an invisibility cloak or something...

OnBaseMachine
04-01-2009, 02:52 PM
Bottom 3:

Bourn doubled, Johnson and Oswalt struckout, Matsui RBI single, and Pudge made an out to end the inning.

1-0 Astros after three innings.

Bailey: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K

cumberlandreds
04-01-2009, 02:56 PM
Rosales homered in the 4th.
:jump::jump:

1-1 in the middle of the 4th.

BRM
04-01-2009, 03:01 PM
Looks like EE doubled in the 4th but was stranded.

HeatherC1212
04-01-2009, 03:02 PM
Rosales homered in the 4th.
:jump::jump:

1-1 in the middle of the 4th.

Sign him up! He can hit Oswalt and we need a few players on the team who can actually hit off him, LOL ;)

OnBaseMachine
04-01-2009, 03:03 PM
Homer throws a 1-2-3 4th inning.

4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K

TRF
04-01-2009, 03:06 PM
Homer and Rosales making statements.

EE playing in a major league game means the FO doesn't think he'll need any time on the DL. great news.

Matt700wlw
04-01-2009, 03:09 PM
Bailey's 2 for 2 and a triple and HR away from the cycle :D

cumberlandreds
04-01-2009, 03:09 PM
Another hit for Bailey. He wants to compete with Owings at all aspects of the game. :)

OnBaseMachine
04-01-2009, 03:11 PM
Bailey's 2 for 2 and a triple and HR away from the cycle :D

Homer's a decent hitting pitcher. He went 3-for-11 with a double in 2007 and 1-for-10 with a double last year.

cumberlandreds
04-01-2009, 03:12 PM
Rosales drives in Bailey. 2-1 Reds. Rosales has got to make the team.

TheNext44
04-01-2009, 03:12 PM
Homer to Owings:

"And you thought you were the only pitcher who can hit? Pfffttt"

BRM
04-01-2009, 03:16 PM
Rosales drives in Bailey. 2-1 Reds. Rosales has got to make the team.

I think Dusty prefers Janish because he's a good defensive SS, especially with the uncertainty of Gonzalez. Then again, if Gonzalez goes to the DL, Janish and Rosales will both make the team.

BCubb2003
04-01-2009, 03:21 PM
Homer Bailey has the only hit of the game through 2 1/2 innings.

Take that, Micah Owings.

Matt700wlw
04-01-2009, 03:25 PM
Bailey has struck out 8!!

cumberlandreds
04-01-2009, 03:26 PM
Bailey has struck out 8!!

Beat me to it. Wow!. This guy may be getting it. That only bodes very well for the Reds this season.

Matt700wlw
04-01-2009, 03:28 PM
Mercker and Thom both agree that today is the best curveball they've ever seen Homer Bailey throw.

redsfan30
04-01-2009, 03:28 PM
Assuming he's done for the day, what a fantastic spring Homer Bailey had. Definetly gives alot of hope going into the regular season.

JaxRed
04-01-2009, 03:29 PM
I thought about going to today's game but the weather scared me off. Lots of rain. I'm surprised they didn't get rain there. I suspect that also played a part with first string not wanting to go.

bucksfan2
04-01-2009, 03:30 PM
I think Dusty prefers Janish because he's a good defensive SS, especially with the uncertainty of Gonzalez. Then again, if Gonzalez goes to the DL, Janish and Rosales will both make the team.

I thought that but where does JHJ fit in?

Both Thom and Kent Merker seem pretty high on Bailey today.

OnBaseMachine
04-01-2009, 03:30 PM
Homer's line: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K

I'd pull him and let him leave the spring full of confidence.

lollipopcurve
04-01-2009, 03:31 PM
Mercker and Thom both agree that today is the best curveball they've ever seen Homer Bailey throw

I really hope he's able to harness that pitch because he could really spin it when he first came up. Just needed to tighten it up a little to get it called for strikes. (I thought he showed signs of doing it when he was recalled in late 07 -- but then in 08, for some reason, he got away from the curveball.) If he can command the fastball and curve, watch out.

BRM
04-01-2009, 03:34 PM
I thought that but where does JHJ fit in?

Both Thom and Kent Merker seem pretty high on Bailey today.

He's the true utility guy on the roster IMO. If Gonzalez gets DL'ed, I think SS goes to a combo of Janish and Hairston.

HeatherC1212
04-01-2009, 03:34 PM
I still think Micah gets that #5 spot but boy is Homer making things interesting! Good for him to finally be putting things together and won't that be a great thing for the Reds to have in their back pocket going into the season. :jump:

oneupper
04-01-2009, 03:34 PM
Homer's a decent hitting pitcher. He went 3-for-11 with a double in 2007 and 1-for-10 with a double last year.

I read somewhere he was one of the team's better hitters in HS.
(Hitting Cleanup or Fifth).

It's probably harder to forget than to learn (to hit).

nate
04-01-2009, 03:39 PM
Nice line for Homer today. I really like the single BB maybe even more than the 8 Ks.

bucksfan2
04-01-2009, 03:39 PM
Wind blown HR, but it still counts as a run.

Matt700wlw
04-01-2009, 03:40 PM
OH NOES!!!

:)

JaxRed
04-01-2009, 03:43 PM
Who hit the wind aided HR?

membengal
04-01-2009, 03:44 PM
Darin Erstad.

OnBaseMachine
04-01-2009, 03:45 PM
Who hit the wind aided HR?

Tim Byrdak, according the the boxscore. Never mind, it was Erstad.

bucksfan2
04-01-2009, 03:46 PM
I think Walt and the Angles GM just got off the phone with each other.

Matt700wlw
04-01-2009, 03:46 PM
I think Walt and the Angles GM just got off the phone with each other.

Based on?

OnBaseMachine
04-01-2009, 03:47 PM
Homer's line: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 8 K

Ga_Red
04-01-2009, 03:54 PM
The best news of ST would be if the LAA offered the Reds a deal that could not be refused for Homer Bailey...

JaxRed
04-01-2009, 03:56 PM
When you have excess pitching you trade the expensive guys not the cheap guys

bucksfan2
04-01-2009, 03:57 PM
Based on?

Homer's line: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 8 K

I wasn't being serious, maybe hopeful.

cumberlandreds
04-01-2009, 04:02 PM
Stros score a couple of runs off Lincoln in the 7th and lead it 4-2.

Matt700wlw
04-01-2009, 04:02 PM
Homer's line: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 8 K

I wasn't being serious, maybe hopeful.

Oh. Sorry :D

HeatherC1212
04-01-2009, 04:04 PM
I'm not a fan of trading away pitching this early in the season, especially for a club that's not known for having a decent stockpile of pitchers over the past few years. You never know who might go down with an injury and then you're stuck if you've traded away too many players from AAA who are nearly ready for the big leagues. That may just be me though. *shrugs*

Good for Homer to have a great outing today! :)

camisadelgolf
04-01-2009, 04:14 PM
As far as hitting goes, Homer Bailey is no Micah Owings, but he certainly doesn't embarrass himself at the plate. Of the Reds pitchers, he's easily the second-best hitter still in camp.

Ga_Red
04-01-2009, 04:15 PM
If I felt Homer could ever improve the time it takes him to deliver the ball with a runner(s) on, I'd never want to trade him. But the fact is, so far, any runner steals on him at will. Today is a good example, if I'm not mistaken, all runners stole every base available while he pitched.

In the bigs, thats a disadvantage that quickly erodes the advantages of great stuff.

bucksfan2
04-01-2009, 04:21 PM
If I felt Homer could ever improve the time it takes him to deliver the ball with a runner(s) on, I'd never want to trade him. But the fact is, so far, any runner steals on him at will. Today is a good example, if I'm not mistaken, all runners stole every base available while he pitched.

In the bigs, thats a disadvantage that quickly erodes the advantages of great stuff.

Greg Maddux didn't care too much about the runners on base.

Its just the spring and who knows what Dusty and Dick told Homer today. They may have told him to just go out there, locate all your pitches, and not worry too much about the runners on base.

cumberlandreds
04-01-2009, 04:32 PM
Lots of errors by the Reds and hits by the Astros in the 8th. The Astros lead it 7-2 going to the 9th. Mercker thinks the Reds are just sick of ST by now and ready to start the season. I think everyone is.

cumberlandreds
04-01-2009, 04:41 PM
Reds lose it 7-2. Tommorrow is the final game at "tired old Ed Smith" stadium.

redsfan30
04-01-2009, 04:49 PM
Lots of errors by the Reds and hits by the Astros in the 8th. The Astros lead it 7-2 going to the 9th. Mercker thinks the Reds are just sick of ST by now and ready to start the season. I think everyone is.

Is it Monday yet?

LincolnparkRed
04-01-2009, 06:58 PM
And thus ends another defeat for the Reds at the hands of the Astros. Seem to be in regular season form. Weird how some teams seem to have the Reds number.

Falls City Beer
04-01-2009, 10:22 PM
And thus ends another defeat for the Reds at the hands of the Astros. Seem to be in regular season form. Weird how some teams seem to have the Reds number.

Teams with offense tend to have the Reds' number.

LincolnparkRed
04-02-2009, 02:42 PM
Teams with offense tend to have the Reds' number.
True but since 2007 the losses to the Astros seem to have a late inning meltdown component versus the just getting blown out portion of recent games versus the Dodgers