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    Michalak has 'good chance' to start vs. Bucs

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    PHILADELPHIA - Chris Michalak waited more than four years to pitch in the major leagues again.

    Based on the way the veteran left-hander performed in long relief during Saturday's win against the Phillies, the wait won't be so long the next time.

    Reds manager Jerry Narron said Sunday there is a "good chance" Michalak will start against the Pirates on either Friday or Saturday at Great American Ball Park. Ryan Franklin might also be considered.


    "If that's the direction they want to go then I'm all for it," Michalak said.

    Brought up from Triple-A Louisville before Saturday's game, the 35-year-old relieved Elizardo Ramirez with one out in the second inning and held the Phillies to one run over the next 6 2/3 innings for his first win since Sept. 2, 2001 with the Rangers.

    Michalak's last major league start came with the Blue Jays on July 15, 2001 at Shea Stadium. He allowed three earned runs over 4 1/3 innings in a loss against the Mets.

    "A guy that's persevered, put the time in like he has, it's awesome," Narron said. "This spring he backed up a lot of games, didn't get in very many, but really had a great attitude."
    Well at least it is against the Pirates, but I will go on record and say I don't like this one bit. It is a matter of when, not if he gets pounded.

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    Why oh why oh why do some many people around here assume that every pitcher we bring up is going to be a dog? I dont' even understand why you bother rooting for this team because you're always down on anything they do.

    Sheesh!

    [Note, that is a plural "you" meant generally for the larger group of naysayers and not this poster in particular]

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    Re: Michalak has 'good chance' to start vs. Bucs

    i hope the guy goes out and pitches well to show some of his na sayers how it is

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    Re: Michalak has 'good chance' to start vs. Bucs

    Quote Originally Posted by redsmetz
    Why oh why oh why do some many people around here assume that every pitcher we bring up is going to be a dog? I dont' even understand why you bother rooting for this team because you're always down on anything they do.

    Sheesh!

    [Note, that is a plural "you" meant generally for the larger group of naysayers and not this poster in particular]
    I don't. I was excited when Elizardo and Germano came up. However Michalak is a 35 year old journeyman minor league pitcher with below average stuff.

    Not exactly something to do backflips about.

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    Re: Michalak has 'good chance' to start vs. Bucs

    Quote Originally Posted by reds44
    I don't. I was excited when Elizardo and Germano came up. However Michalak is a 35 year old journeyman minor league pitcher with below average stuff.

    Not exactly something to do backflips about.

    Doesn't mean he can't win a game.

    "HE'S 35 HE'S GOTTA SUCK" - ignorant.
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    Re: Michalak has 'good chance' to start vs. Bucs

    Quote Originally Posted by redsrule2500
    Doesn't mean he can't win a game.

    "HE'S 35 HE'S GOTTA SUCK" - ignorant.
    How is it ignorant? How many 35 year old junkball pitchers who have been in the minors the last 4 years and have pitched in 153 innings in their big league career turn out to be decent big league pitchers?

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    Re: Michalak has 'good chance' to start vs. Bucs

    Quote Originally Posted by reds44
    How is it ignorant? How many 35 year old junkball pitchers who have been in the minors the last 4 years and have pitched in 153 innings in their big league career turn out to be decent big league pitchers?
    Nobody's asking him to be a long term solution. He's a guy that can give you an emergency start and since nobody's familiar with him he can be successful, just like he was Saturday.
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    Re: Michalak has 'good chance' to start vs. Bucs

    Quote Originally Posted by redsfan30
    Nobody's asking him to be a long term solution. He's a guy that can give you an emergency start and since nobody's familiar with him he can be successful, just like he was Saturday.
    Thats why Reds44 said it was a matter of when not if he gets pounded. Its not a real big deal to give the guy one start but how long until he does get rocked?

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    Re: Michalak has 'good chance' to start vs. Bucs

    Quote Originally Posted by kbrake
    Thats why Reds44 said it was a matter of when not if he gets pounded. Its not a real big deal to give the guy one start but how long until he does get rocked?
    And when you are in a pennant race and every game counts, can you afford to play the dice when you know it's only a matter of time before you come up snake eyes?

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    Re: Michalak has 'good chance' to start vs. Bucs

    I would pitch Michalak vs the Cards,they of the 17-30 vs Leftys
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    Re: Michalak has 'good chance' to start vs. Bucs

    Quote Originally Posted by reds44
    And when you are in a pennant race and every game counts, can you afford to play the dice when you know it's only a matter of time before you come up snake eyes?
    Exactly its like people are willing to give a game away as long as it is only one. I think Michalak will ok agaisnt the Pirates I just think Narron is playing with fire and that usually leads to Narron getting burned.

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    Re: Michalak has 'good chance' to start vs. Bucs

    Lets roll the clock back to last year.... The Yankees are all over the place... They need a starter...

    WHo is it? Aaron Small - A old minor league jounyman.... Maybe Michalak will have the same effects...


    btw - If it wasn't for small last year... The Yanks probably would of missed the playoffs.. correct?
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    Re: Michalak has 'good chance' to start vs. Bucs

    I'm not saying the guy should never be allowed to pitch, I just dont really trust Narron and hope that he does not just blindly run this guy out there start after start.

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    Re: Michalak has 'good chance' to start vs. Bucs

    Quote Originally Posted by RedsMan3203
    Lets roll the clock back to last year.... The Yankees are all over the place... They need a starter...

    WHo is it? Aaron Small - A old minor league jounyman.... Maybe Michalak will have the same effects...


    btw - If it wasn't for small last year... The Yanks probably would of missed the playoffs.. correct?
    Fair enough.

    I wouldn't expect Michalak to do it though.

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    Re: Michalak has 'good chance' to start vs. Bucs

    Quote Originally Posted by kbrake
    I'm not saying the guy should never be allowed to pitch, I just dont really trust Narron and hope that he does not just blindly run this guy out there start after start.
    And this is one of my bones of contention. Far too many folks on Reds Zone assume Narron's a total moron and is making decisions because he couldn't think his way out of a paper bag. And yet this team has had some success and we are frankly, cobbling together a staff to get us through to the end of the season. I'm at least going to hope the guy can do the job instead of constantly assuming that it's "crash and burn" time just around the corner.

    Certainly 35 is towards the end of the line, pariticularly if you're a journeyman like Michalak, but if we can get a month and a half of good baseball out of him, great! That's what I'm wanting.


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