Votto: ‘We’ve got a choice…’
*Reds batters enter the day batting .191 as a team this season, and .138 with runners in scoring position. Joey Votto was one who expected that things will improve.
“Whenever we start being like ourselves, we’re one of the best offenses in the National League,” Votto said. “We’ve got a choice. We can either panic through this whole thing, or be determined and continue to grind through and treat this as a nice early season challenge that we’ll overcome and let the season play out. We’ll prep for the rest of the season and not today’s shortcomings.”
*I have a little more from Votto, and Jay Bruce, in today’s notebook later on MLB.com.
*Reds pitchers over the last five games have a 2.81 ERA, but a 1-4 record.
*Dusty Baker, who had considered batting Brandon Phillips further down once he returned to spare his legs, decided to bat him leadoff after all.
“With Detwiler being left-handed, we probably won’t try to steal that much anyway,” Baker said. “He has a pretty good move. It’s who’s the best candidate. I talked to him about it and he said he’d rather bat leadoff. I told him to not do anything excessive. We need an igniter in that position and he’s it. He hits well against left-handers so everything pointed towards Brandon.”
*Drew Stubbs, batting .147 thus far among the several struggling hitters, gets a break today.
*INF Miguel Cairo likely won’t play at all today but remains day-to-day. Baker said a decision on Cairo’s status wouldn’t come until Tuesday after the 37-year-old gets a couple of days of rest. Monday is an off day.
“It’s tight but it’s less sore than yesterday,” Cairo said. “It’s a good sign. The strength is good. Maybe it was just a cramp or the muscle was trying to protect something.”
*Today is Jackie Robinson Day. Every player/coach/manager on both sides will be wearing No. 42.