Rosales starts, Phillips not starting

A very unique lineup for the Reds today. You’ve asked, correction, demanded to have Adam Rosales up here and playing. Done. Let’s see if he can keep his hot, hot hitting going at this level.

Brandon Phillips is getting his first day off after he was 2-for-4 last night. I will try to update with the reason behind it. He was 0-for-4 with a GIDP vs. Astros starter Felipe Paulino on April 19 at Houston.

Reds lineup:

Taveras CF
Hairston 2B
Votto 1B
Bruce RF
Hernandez C
Nix LF
Rosales 3B
Gonzalez SS
Volquez P

Update at 5pm:

Dusty Baker decided to give Phillips the day off today because it means a two-day break with Thursday’s scheduled off day. Baker decided not to change back after his decent night on Tuesday when he homered and hit a double.

“It was already planned before anyway,” Baker said. “A lot of times, probably 20 different times, I had a guy with a planned day off and then he has a good game and the next day doesn’t work out and I’ve wasted the plan. I said go work some more today and get tomorrow off and be ready Friday.”

 As for Phillips, he had some interesting things to say about the media coverage of hitting woes, which is doesn’t call “a slump.”

“I know I can hit,” Phillips said. “Everyone can’t start off hot like Joey Votto. Some people start off a little slower. I had a slow start in 2007 too. I wouldn’t call it a slump. I’ve been hitting the ball good. I just haven’t found any holes. That’s how I look at it.”

More quotes from Phillips:

“I love you guys. I have nothing but respect for all of you. But ever since you’ve been writing about me not hitting, we haven’t been winning. I hear a lot of people on our team that are worried about me, instead of worrying about the team. I’m going to hit. That’s how confident I am. That’s the type of player I am.

“In the beginning when I wasn’t doing anything, everybody was flowing and it was all about the team. It was all about winning. Then the next thing you know, people start writing about ‘Phillips is not hitting. Edwin is not hitting.’ Everybody started paying attention to me and Edwin and everybody lost focus about winning.”

In other news….

Chris Dickerson is feeling better and will take BP today (indoors since it’s been raining). Dickerson could be available to pinch-hit tonight but that was not a lock.

Laynce Nix’s homer in the eighth inning last night was his first long ball since Sept. 1, 2006, when he was with the Brewers. Of course, he’s only played a little over 30 big league games since then. He was in Triple-A most of the time.

“It seems like yesterday because I’ve hit about 50 in between then and now,” Nix said. “It just wasn’t in the big leagues. I didn’t feel like it’s been that long.”

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4 Comments

I cannot wait to hear the explanation for this. Isn’t Dusty Baker the man who said something about riding it out when someone is hot? The first signs of life that Phillips shows, he sits.Russhttp://wight4256.mlblogs.com

Huh, changing things because the status quo wasn’t working?

Seems reasonable, but it must be a new concept in DustyLand.

Ah yes, in DustyLand only a single roller coaster reaches its maximum height while the rest appear to go to great heights at the outset, but by the middle rise no higher than their starting point…

In DustyLand you have to be at least 25 to ride, but if you’re over you 30 get to skip to the front of the line and ride all day and night!

Ahh DustyLand! The only place on earth to effectively mix summer fun with daily despair.

For the past two years, Phillips has had to bat 4th to put a right-hander between 2 lefthanders, and now tonight, against a pretty tough LHP it no longer matters? Put Phillips in the 2-hole and leave him there.

So Phillips said, “In the beginning when I wasn’t doing anything, everybody was flowing and it was all about the team. It was all about winning. Then the next thing you know, people start writing about ‘Phillips is not hitting. Edwin is not hitting.’ Everybody started paying attention to me and Edwin and everybody lost focus about winning.”

Just so I get this right, Phillips has insisted that he’s NOT in a slump. I’m sure Encarnicion feels that way, and Hairston, and the other “nickel & dime hitters.” I give Gonzo some leeway because he has been hitting lately – I hope he keeps it up.

Phillips needs to get hot at the plate. As far as Edwin is concerned, let him stay on the DL right now, and give Rosales the chance to Win the starting job over there. The fact that Rosales hustles and reminds people of Pete Rose makes me feel better already. I don’t see Rosales shrugging his shoulders and “not worrying” about slumps, Etc., like some of our Veterans who should be doing far better jobs right now.

I say, give Rosales his shot, and if he comes through – send Encarnicion to Triple-A Baseball, try to trade him, or give him his walking papers.

Enough of Charity Cases in Cincinnati – It’s time to get back to WINNING again. As I say in my blog, I’d be HAPPY with 82-80 Record for the Reds; would be the 1st Winning Season in Cincy since 2000.

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