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    Reds at Pirates 4/13/08 -- righty "specialist" lineup

    Ryan Freel CF
    Norris Hopper LF
    Ken Griffey Jr. RF
    Brandon Phillips 2B
    Jeff Keppinger 1B
    Edwin Encarnacion 3B
    Juan Castro SS
    Paul Bako C
    Johnny Cueto P
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    Re: Reds vs Pirates 4/13/08 -- righty "specailist" lineup

    Just what a team in a slump needs Juan Castro starting.

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    Re: Reds vs Pirates 4/13/08 -- righty "specailist" lineup

    Some pregame Dusty Baker:

    On the lineup: "We've got to do something with these lefty. . . We've got a little more speed lineup, a create-things lineup."

    On Adam Dunn: "I could see Dunner's getting a little frustrated. This way he's getting two days. He usually hits well in Chicago. So I said, 'get your mind right for Chicago.' This is a mental day off for him. I could see him getting frustrated. You can tell. Different guys show it different ways but he gets real quiet. Has that stare."

    On the offensive malaise: "You can't hit for them. You can't find holes for them. It's like springtime. Hot one day, cold one day. That's how spring is. Sometimes there's no explanations. Everyone wants an explanation. But sometimes there is no explanation. The next day you go out and score eight runs. Springtime. You don't like it, but you've got to fight through it. The guys are working. They're going to the cage. They're working tirelessly."

    Ross out: David Ross is sick with the flu and won't play for Louisville tonight. In fact, he was sent back to Cincinnati, so he wouldn't get the rest of the team sick. The hope is he'll be able to catch Tuesday when Matt Belisle starts for the Bats.
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    Re: Reds vs Pirates 4/13/08 -- righty "specailist" lineup

    At least he has Castro where he belongs if he is going to play. Dunn actually needs the day off, and can pinch hit later if need be. Still looks like Cueto and the bully will need to be gold again.

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    Re: Reds vs Pirates 4/13/08 -- righty "specailist" lineup

    Quote Originally Posted by RedlegJake View Post
    At least he has Castro where he belongs if he is going to play.
    That's the problem. He doesn't belong anywhere on the field.

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    Re: Reds vs Pirates 4/13/08 -- righty "specailist" lineup

    I know Dunn has been slumping I prefer Dunn over Hopper. This team needs all the offense it can get.

    Cueto needs to spin about seven or eight shutout innings if he wants a win.

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    Re: Reds vs Pirates 4/13/08 -- righty "specailist" lineup

    Quote Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine View Post
    I know Dunn has been slumping I prefer Dunn over Hopper. This team needs all the offense it can get.

    Cueto needs to spin about seven or eight shutout innings if he wants a win.
    Right now Dunn simply stinks. Playing him against a decent lefty isn't going to get you anywhere. I agree with sitting him with an off day coming too. He can work in the cages, relax a little and get in a beter stae for Chicago. While I understand your thinking, I think Dusty got it right.

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    Re: Reds vs Pirates 4/13/08 -- righty "specialist" lineup

    IMO, Votto should be starting with Kep at 3rd. Votto seems to be getting it together and benching him doesn't make much sense even against a lefty.
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    Re: Reds vs Pirates 4/13/08 -- righty "specialist" lineup

    Just a reminder this game is on in HD today.

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    Re: Reds vs Pirates 4/13/08 -- righty "specailist" lineup

    Quote Originally Posted by RedlegJake View Post
    Right now Dunn simply stinks. Playing him against a decent lefty isn't going to get you anywhere. I agree with sitting him with an off day coming too. He can work in the cages, relax a little and get in a beter stae for Chicago. While I understand your thinking, I think Dusty got it right.
    Me too. Dunn and the Reds offense will benefit in the long run, even if it creates a disadvantage today.
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    Re: Reds vs Pirates 4/13/08 -- righty "specialist" lineup

    I hope Cueto gets some help from today's better defensive range at 1B and LF.

    On the IF, Votto's glove has been traded in for Castro's for a day -- notice I did not mention range in this sentence.

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    Re: Reds vs Pirates 4/13/08 -- righty "specialist" lineup

    Dusty has several flaws that are talked about on this board, one thing he does do well is give his strugglling hitters a day off when needed. To throw this lineup out there today shows how much faith he has in Cueto.
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    Re: Reds vs Pirates 4/13/08 -- righty "specailist" lineup

    Quote Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine View Post
    I know Dunn has been slumping I prefer Dunn over Hopper. This team needs all the offense it can get.
    You must have forgotten Dynn's K against Marte with the bases loaded and 1 out in the 7th inning last night (Marte's only out of 3 batters).

    It's AB's like that that relegate Dunn to the bench with a lefty on the mound today. It's not a bad time to have Dunn resting instead of pretty much guaranteeing his slump with continue.

    Many would agree that Hopper vs. a tough lefty is probably better for the offense than an ice cold Dunn.

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    Re: Reds vs Pirates 4/13/08 -- righty "specialist" lineup

    Ok, if Dunn has to sit today why is he also hamstringing the offense with Castro? Let Votto or Hatte play, I really don't care which both are better than Castro.

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    Re: Reds vs Pirates 4/13/08 -- righty "specialist" lineup

    They're going to score 9 runs today, aren't they?
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