Passing time during rain delay

It looks we’ll have to kill some time since it’s raining at Great American Ball Park. All signs are pointing to showers being out of here by 1:30 p.m. ET. Rain delays have been too common in these parts. It’s the 11th Reds game that’s been delayed and the eighth one at GABP this season.

*UPDATE: Game scheduled to start at 1:10 p.m.

Here is the Reds’ starting lineup, with Ryan Hanigan moved up to the fifth spot.

Taveras 8
Gonzalez 6
Phillips 4
Nix 7
Hanigan 2
Bruce 9
Hairston 5
Rosales 3
Maloney 1

  • Fans have emailed and complained about Hanigan hitting eighth much of the time but don’t get used to this. It’s a one day thing since Ramon Hernandez is getting a rest.

“It’s the best lineup I could come up with,” manager Dusty Baker said Thursday morning. “Hanigan is swinging a pretty good bat and can do some things with them. I just told him to pretend he’s hitting where he always hits and do the same thing. Don’t do anything more.

“You don’t want too many lefties together or too many righties. You can bring in one [reliever] to take care of four guys. You want to make them strategize some.”

  • As for Hernandez, he was 1-for-27 over his last eight games. He’s also played first base for 15 of the last 17 games during Joey Votto’s absence.

“When I started catching groundballs, I stopped hitting singles,” Hernandez joked. “It’s unbelievable how everything changed around so quickly. It’s never easy.”

Hernandez picked out a bat and headed for the cage.

“Today I’m going to the cage and hit lefty,” the right-handed hitting Hernandez said. “Maybe it will fix the right side. You never know.”

  • Baker said that Hernandez would likely catch at least a couple of games this weekend vs. the White Sox since he’s a former American Leaguer with the Orioles and A’s.

“He knows those guys better than anybody that we have here,” Baker said.

  • Willy Taveras got his one hit in the first inning on Tuesday that snapped a 0-for-32, but has gone 0-for-8 since entering Thursday.

“Hopefully the people stick with him a little longer,” Baker said. “The razzing and stuff doesn’t help at all. I can understand it but it doesn’t help. It actually makes its worse.”

  • According to Baseball Prospectus’ latest rankings, the Reds have a 13 percent chance of making the playoffs. In the NL Central, the Cardinals have a 49 percent chance, the Brewers have a 35 percent chance and the Cubs are at 26 percent.

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Rain delays have been killer this year. Oh well…

Btw… is there a way that I can keep myself signed in? I don’t like having to sign in every time I want to post a comment. Yeah, yeah… I know it’s lazy, but still.

I wish I had the answer to that one. It’d be easier for me too.

Wow, you have to sign in as well? Suckage…

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