5/17 at NYM
Reds lineup vs Mets
*Ryan Ludwick is 2-for-6 with 1 HR lifetime vs. Mets starter R.A. Dickey. Too bad for the Reds that Scott Rolen isn’t available since he is 5-for-9 with 1 HR and 4 RBIs.
*Dusty Baker was asked on how his hitters should handle a rare knuckleballer like Dickey…
“Look for a fastball,” Baker said. “A lot of guys don’t do it because they don’t like moving around now [in the batter’s box]. You don’t see them move up on sinkers. You don’t see them move closer to the plate on breaking balls. They stay on the same spot. I try to get through to these guys that you have to move around to make it conducive to get a guy’s pitch he’s going to throw the most.
“I was taught with knuckleballs that you have to crowd the plate. The last thing they want to do is hit you because it doesn’t hurt and they don’t like base runners. If you stand off that plate, you give them a big ol’ window to correct that knuckleball. If you’re on the plate, you don’t give them much of a window.”