Everyday is like Sunday
Or in this case, it really is Sunday.
After last night’s two-hit effort and some real struggles of late, I was a little surprised at how similar this lineup is compared to Saturday’s. Only Dickerson is different.
Jay Bruce’s (bruised right hand) was doing OK this morning. His handshake was pretty firm so he wasn’t favoring it. But he won’t hit today — just running and throwing. He was available to pinch-run and play defense.
“It’s so much better than it was,” Bruce said. “It didn’t even bother me until the check swing and that was two days ago. When I went for the X-rays and the other stuff yesterday, it was so hard for me to believe it could have been broken. I had played without pain and that one check swing made me feel it.”
Dusty Baker was asked about the hitting woes of his team. The Reds came into today batting .208 as a club. Six players (Phillips, Encarnacion, Hernandez, Gonzalez, Bruce and Hairston) were hitting .200 or under.
“It just means the odds of them hitting increase,” Baker said. “It’s like when a bad hitter is hitting good, his odds increase not to hit. Guys will be around where they usually are, sooner or later.
“The fact that we’re 5-5 without hitting yet, gives me more hope and confidence.”
Adam Rosales, who hit his fourth homer on Saturday, and is batting .387 isn’t an imminent call-up it appears. Baker was asked if Rosales’ hot hitting could spark some more offense.
“It depends if he’s playing but where’s he going to play?” Baker said. “Plus, he’s down there not only to hit but to improve his game. Hitting is only part of the game. There are so many phases of this game, if you’re going to be a major league ballplayer, that you have to try to improve. We just look at hitting sometimes. There’s a lot more to this game to play winning baseball than just hitting. Hitting is the part you notice the most.
“He’s doing what we think is best for him, being down there and playing every day. He will be here eventually. I told him that when he went down there.”