7/8 at S.D.
Reds lineup vs Padres
*When I asked if it was tough to sit Todd Frazier, when he’s been the hot hand lately, manager Dusty Baker said it was a better matchup for Scott Rolen against Padres starter Jason Marquis.
“I’ve got to play Scotty sometime and it’s the best kind of guy to play here,” Baker said. “This guy here [Marquis] can trick you. Yesterday and the day before, it was more of a matchup thing. I was going to play Scotty yesterday but Frazier has been so good against left-handers. This guy here throws right up Scotty’s alley and not up Frazier’s alley.”
Frazier was 10-for-25 (.400) while Rolen missed a week with back spasms and is batting .279 overall. Rolen, who comes in batting .184, has struggled when he has played. Clearly, it’s an issue that has been on Baker’s mind because he bristled some over the topic being brought up.
“I don’t want to have to be answering this every day about Scotty and Frazier and who’s playing and who’s not playing,” Baker said. “From now on, it’s ‘manager’s decision,’ like basketball. It’s easier. I don’t know what I am going to do but I will figure it out. … It’s a good problem to have but you get tired of talking about. It’s going to be talked about over and over the rest of the year. Let them talk and let me work.”
“And eventually, if Frazier keeps it [going], the job will be Frazier’s. Eventually. It’s not to say when but Scotty isn’t a spring chicken. Frazier has a good attitude about things. People fall in love real quick around here and then they fall out of love real quick at the same time. Since I’ve been here five years, there have been six, seven guys that everybody has fallen in love with and the next month or next year, you never hear their name. I’m just trying to win ballgames.”