Roster move, Lincoln news

The Reds made their expected roster move to get down to 12 pitchers. The odd man out was Josh Roenicke, who was optioned to Triple-A Louisville. Infielder Drew Sutton was recalled from Louisville and expands the options on the bench. Sutton appeared in three games during his previous call-up and went 0-for-4. He was sent down on July 7 and returns after he spent the minimum 10 days in the minors.

In 10 games with the Reds, Roenicke was 0-0 with a 2.92 ERA. He retired eight of his 10 first batters and let one of eight inherited runners scored. He struck out a career-high four over two innings on Thursday vs. Milwaukee.

Reliever Mike Lincoln will be having cervical disc replacement surgery on Monday in St. Louis. Lincoln has been on the 15-day DL since June 17 because of a bulging disc in his neck. A prognosis won’t be known for Lincoln until after the operation, but I can’t imagine him returning any time this season.

During the off-season, Lincoln was re-signed to a two-year, $4 million contract.

Reds lineup:

Taveras 8
Hairston 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Nix 7
Encarnacion 5
Dickerson 9
Hanigan 2
Arroyo 1

Edwin Encarnacion has been getting it quite together at the plate lately and is finally poised to get his batting average north of .200. Encarnacion came into Friday batting .323 (11-for-34) with two home runs and seven RBIs in 11 games since returning from over two months on the DL. Overall, he was batting .196.

“I feel great right now,” said Encarnacion, who was 3-for-3 Thursday with a three-run homer and RBI single. “I’ve been working hard to get my timing back. Right now, I’ve got my timing. When I came back, I tried to do too much and didn’t come through the first two games. I thought back to taking it slow, being more patient and not trying to do too much. That’s what I’ve been doing.”

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6 Comments

Mark, why don’t you post the OBP (on-base percentage) next to each player in the starting lineup, just to show how ridiculous this lineup is. Taveras (.286 OBP) Hairston (.307 OBP). These are our table setters in front of our top RBI hitters, Votto and Phillips. They should be getting on base 40% of the time, either by hit or by walk. That’s what you expect from your 1-2 hitters. Now Dickerson (.370 OBP) and Hanigan (.428 OBP) would be great in front of Votto and Phillips, but instead, they are table setters for Bronson Arroyo and Taveras, the two guys LEAST LIKELY to drive in a run. Meanwhile, Jonny Gomes (.404 OBP) will be playing tiddly winks in the dug out, while struggling Nix (.300 OBP) gets the nod to hit behind Phillips. This lineup royally sucks. It’s no wonder we’re collapsing. Nothing will change till DB is gone.

Dickerson and Hanigan batting at the bottom of the order. I’m no expert but my gut tells me They will be left on base the entire ballgame with no one to drive them in. Votto may hit a solo shot or get some extra base hits but with no one to drive these guys in it’s gonna be a tough game. We need to start maximising our run scoring potential it’s killing us but like I said I’m no expert. Maybe having Hairston in the 9 hole with Dickerson and Taveras in the 1, 2 spot again would be ideal. Hanigan would be good in the 9 hole as well. We’ll see how it goes enjoy the game folks!

It’s so nice to see Hanigan and Dickerson in the lineup BUT WHY isn’t he putting Dickerson in the leadoff spot and move Tavarus down in the lineup until he shows he is capable of working the count and maybe even walking some. That move would surely give Votto and Phillips more of a chance for some RBI’s.
Also, last night Tavarus could of helped the team if he had stolen a base or two when he was on first. Seems he’s afraid of making an out. Probably Baker’s call, but it’s time to try to put some pressure on the opposing team and pitcher. Sure he may get cought some but it wouldn’t hurt to try once in a while. (or even a hit and run trying to hit behind him) This offense needs to show some courage. This offense needs to manufacture some runs.

Seems I’m not the only one who thinks something needs to be done. I wonder why Baker cannot see it. I thought he was a guy who used previous statistics for just about everything.

i MIGHT EVEN BE TEMPTED TO HOT HANIGAN THIRD,WITH PHILLIPS MOVING UP TO THE TWO HOLE BEHIND DICKERSON. THEN I’D MOVE VOTTO TO THE FOUR HOLE, FOLLOWED BY ENCARNACION AT NUMBER FIVE. AFTER HIM I’D HIT HAIRSTON AT NUMBER SIX, NIX AT NUMER SEVEN,WITH TAVARUS EIGHT. POSSIBLY ARROYO COULD MOVE TAVARUS OVER,”IF”, TAVARUS COULD GET ON.

wow good game Encarnacion. If he keeps hitting like that there goes one of our biggest holes all year. Next would be shortstop and then centerfield positions to upgrade.

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