The homestand continues…
I’m back on the job again after taking the Braves series off, so sorry for no new blog posts since Chicago on Thursday. I actually ended up missing the flight to O’Hare but was fortunate to be put on a later one with an alternate airline.
News you can use:
Dusty Baker said he spoke to Brandon Phillips, who didn’t hustle out a drive to right field. Phillips thought his fifth inning drive to right field was a homer but it one-hopped at the wall. A would-be double became a single.
“We already addressed it,” Baker said.
Bill Bray (left elbow strain) was in the clubhouse today. He’s been rehabbing at Kremchek’s clinic and will throw a bullpen session tomrrow. Bray hopes to rejoin Triple-A Louisville soon.
Joey Votto, Edwin Encarnacion and Phillips are still the only players to play every inning of every game. Baker has plans to eventually give two of them breaks. Guess who isn’t the one?
“I’ve got something in mind,” Baker said. “But Votto, he doesn’t need an off day. I’ve always been told if a guy is hot, you play him until he stops being hot. You get all you can while you can get it.”
RHP Homer Bailey was named the International League’s Pitcher of the Week. As you likely know, Bailey tied a Triple-A Louisville franchise record by notching 15 strikeouts vs. Toledo on Sunday, including stretch of nine in a row. He was 2-0 with a 2.92 ERA and 18 Ks in two starts last week.
In the they could be jinxing themselves department: The Reds game notes mentioned that the club hasn’t had to make a roster move since the final cuts the day before Opening Day. This is Day 22 of the season and the team hasn’t gone more than 21 days to start a season without a move since May 14 1985 (Day 37), when Alan Knicely and Ron Robinson were recalled and Dann Bilardello and Carl Willis were optioned to Triple-A Denver.
Try using that nugget at the next cocktail party or sports bar.
Speaking of bars, Sister Daedalus and other “displaced Reds fans” in Washington DC are gathering at one to watch the game vs. the Astros on TV. Click here for the details.