Lineup at FLA, some stats
Greetings from the ballpark now known as Sun Life Stadium in South Florida. It was raining when I landed in Fort Lauderdale and it’s pretty menacing-looking outside right now. But I doubt a passing shower or two will stop the game.
Reds lineup vs. FLA
*The Reds are batting .230 as a team, which is ranked 12th in the NL.
*The Reds rotation has a 3.11 ERA, which is ranked third in the NL.
*Drew Stubbs has eight strikeouts in 20 at-bats with two walks. Joey Votto, also has eight strikeouts in 23 at-bats, with two walks. Votto is batting .316 while Stubbs is at .250.
*Jay Bruce is hitless in his last 17 ABs and is batting .053.
*Jonny Gomes has six strikeouts in 14 ABs.
When asked about the team’s offensive issues, Dusty Baker wasn’t worried.
“Worry doesn’t do any good,” Baker said Monday afternoon. “That’s what you all don’t understand. You just have to work through it. There are guys struggling all over for whatever reason that you don’t know. We gave our guys plenty of at-bats, we thought, [in spring] to try and alleviate this. Sometimes, there’s no explanation. Some guys aren’t seeing the ball well. Some guys are hitting the ball well and not getting hits. Some guys that were hitting in spring are still hitting. Some guys that weren’t hitting in spring are still not hitting.”
*I saw Stubbs watching his swing on video this afternoon before many guys were in the clubhouse. It’s not an uncommon thing for players to do that — in fact most do.
“The last couple of days, I haven’t felt great at the plate,” said Stubbs. “[Sunday], in particular, I saw that my head was moving a little bit when I was swinging and causing me to swing through some balls. You see that and want to get back to the basics and fundamentals of your swing and re-start.”
*The Reds’ mohhawk club has doubled its membership. Jonny Gomes came to Spring Training with one. For the first time today, I noticed Micah Owings sporting a pseudo-mohawk on his dome.
*The Reds are 80-61 vs. the Marlins, all-time, entering tonight. They were 3-3 last season and 9-5 over the last two seasons.
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