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.
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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