5/3 vs. CHC
Reds lineup vs Cubs
*Obviously, this lineup isn’t one we’ve seen often. There were several reasons it was chosen, according to Dusty Baker.
“We’ve got a lot of ball and you have to get some guys playing time so they’re ready when you need them,” Baker said. “Sometimes you do it one at a time and sometimes you do it as mass substitutions. Plus the guys I am not playing haven’t had a whole bunch of success against [Ryan] Dempster.”
*Drew Stubbs is in a 0-for-14 funk, and is 4-for-21 lifetime (.190) vs. Dempster.
“Drew was going pretty good and now he’s starting to scuffle a little bit,” Baker said. “I want to stop it before it gets chronic.”
*Scott Rolen is 6-for-34 (.176) lifetime vs. Dempster. Willie Harris is 3-for-7 (.429).
*INF Miguel Cairo (strained left hamstring) is headed to Class A Dayton for a rehab assignment expected to last three games. Cairo will play with the Dragons Thursday night, Friday and Saturday.
“If everything goes right, I will meet the team in Milwaukee,” Cairo said. “The big thing is playing defense, and reacting to balls and running the bases when you get a hit.”
*And here is something you don’t see often. Today’s starting pitchers — Homer Bailey and Dempster — are both celebrating birthdays today. Bailey turned 26 while Dempster is 35.
“One is going to be happy, the other is going to be sad,” Baker said.