Narron says they are going to pick their spots with Hamilton to give him the best chance for success. This while he's red-hot.

But with Ross... they are going to stick with him because (to paraphrase) you can't come out of a slump on the bench.

Anyone else think this is a little inconsistent?


STICKING WITH ROSS: Reds manager Jerry Narron said he'll consider giving third catcher Chad Moeller a start some time this week, but David Ross is going to continue to get the bulk of the playing time.

"It's a possibility," Narron said. "We're trying to get David Ross on track. It's not going to happen for him sitting on the bench."

Ross is hitting .085. He struck out three times in three at-bats Sunday, giving him 12 in 24 at-bats.

The fact he caught a shutout lessened the blow of the bad day at the plate.

"I feel good about today," he said. "You don't say that often after taking the hat trick."

Ross is not the only Red struggling.

The Reds are hitting .226 as a team and are 10th in the National League in runs scored.

They're hitting .198 against left-handers.

"It's early," Narron said. "We need to swing the bats. It's as simple as that. We'll come out of it and start hitting.

"The weather hasn't been good - the whole bit. It's not easy to hit in 30-degree weather."