4/11 vs. STL

Reds lineup vs. Cardinals

Stubbs 8
Cozart 6
Votto 3
Ludwick 7
Bruce 9
Cairo 5
Valdez 4
Hanigan 2
Cueto 1

*RHP Ryan Madson is scheduled to have Tommy John surgery later today on his torn elbow ligament. Madson will miss the entire 2012 season.

*For the second-straight game, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was not in the lineup because of a sore left hamstring. Phillips wasn’t expected to play, especially with the weather being cold of late. Baker was hopeful, but non committal about whether Phillips could play in the next series at Washington.

“He wants to be ready, but he’s not,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “You have to do a lot of stuff at second base, if you play it the way he plays it. You just don’t want him to feel obligated [to play] because he just signed a contract. That’s a separate issue.”

*Baker expected that Joey Votto would find his way out of an early season slow start. Votto enters today batting .188 (3-for-16) with one homer and six strikeouts. The manager was asked if Votto was being pitched differently this year.

“They pitched him differently last year than the year before,” Baker said. “You get an MVP behind your name, they’re going to pitch you differently. They’ll spend more time on you at meetings. They will spend more time on you in the video room. Sometimes they run from him and sometimes, they run at him.

“It’s just a matter of combating it. He’ll figure it out. We certainly need him.”

16 Comments

The Reds have the worst cleanup hitting duo on baseball. Rolen/Ludwick would not hit about 7th on any other team in the game.

Above 7th*

They’d hit third on the cubs.

It is a shame that dusty does not have better lineup choices, however the stockpile of talent has dwindled—Castellini has to share the bulk of the blame allowing talent to be traded for ex-cardinals and also letting Krivsky go—-attendence proves that there is not much faith in the Reds too bad .

5 games into the season and the above comments already? good gawd

yes and what did you expect happiness Baker and Jocketty and an owner with a dream,but not one biult on common sense ALSO SINCE 1950 i have loved the Reds and still do, but farm system developing and smart deals are the way to go.

Where did u want all these people to play?

By the way, Alonso is hitting the. 167 right now. Its only 5 games and doesn’t matter, but since 5 games is the world to you, it looks like we were lucky to get rid of him.

I just love how the season just literally started and people like u are already bashing the players and management. They did a lot in the offseason 2 make this a contender. Yes maybe they did get rid of some promising prospects but we have a lot more promising up and coming guys. If u are a fan then I would hate to see if u were not a fan. Please take your opinions and comments elsewhere thanks

We all have the right to state our opinions,unless there has been a truce called between the two sides . I have loved the Reds 62 years ,I entitled to share my opinion with agreeeable people and people who share different views. I apologize to you for making unpleasant viewpoints, and I am happy you are FELLOW rED FAN.

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I repeat a suggestion from earlier: please stay on this side of the Big Doggie Line – no angst or bitching until after Game 44 (when Tony Perez was fired). Milwaukee started last season 0-5 and won the division going away (and hundreds of other examples I don’t happen to know). Let’s see what we’ve got – some of it looks discouragingly familiar, sure, but a baseball team is like a kaleidoscope; it may look one way but give it a twist and it appears completely different.

I like the kaleidoscope analogy a lot! And it generally applies, except when a lot of colored pieces are missing.from inside the tube.

You mean like those clear glass Red teams kaleidoscopes in the 80’s – any way you turned them Mario Soto was all you saw.

Well, not that many missing pieces, perhaps, but still more than the common gazer is willing to admit to, though the slow re-arranging here at the start will likely change that perception.

I think we’ve managed to torture that wonderful analogy to death!

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