Getaway day, move up Rosales?
The Reds need to win this series over the Pirates to take two of three.
“It’s another important getaway day,” manager Dusty Baker said.
The Reds are 4-1 in previous getaway day games, a nice thing to have when you’re looking to take momentum on the flight out of town.
Adam Rosales came into Sunday batting .556 (5-for-9) through three games. Rosales is still batting seventh but Baker seriously contemplated moving Rosales up in the lineup from the seventh spot. Then he changed his mind.
“He’s just learning the pitchers and stuff,” Baker said. “Let him chill a little bit down there. Let him marinate.
“We’ll take it one step at a time first. To bat second, there are a lot of things you have to do. Rosie isn’t a real taker yet. With Willy Taveras on in front of you, you have to do some taking. I like that speed at the top up there, especially in front of Votto.”
Saturday’s 14-hit output was the new season high. Since April 18, the Reds have raised their team average from a Major League low .208 to .242.
“I think every one of them believes in themselves,” hitting coach Brook Jacoby said. “It’s just a matter of time before they start feeling really comfortable. Confidence is a big part of it too.”
And congratulations to Reds media relations director Rob Butcher, who completed his first marathon at the Flying Pig today. Rob’s time was three hours, 29 minutes.
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