8/29 at ARI
Reds lineup vs. D-backs
*UPDATE – When asked about the Reds still scoring five runs while the top two of Cozart and Stubbs combined to go 0-for-10, Reds manager Dusty Baker wasn’t looking backwards. He also seemingly had a message for people critical of his daily lineups.
“That was yesterday. Today it could be them,” Baker said. “As long as it’s somebody. Everybody is looking for the perfect team, the perfect lineup. There aren’t any. Even the mighty Yankees aren’t perfect. We have a better record than they do. The Yankees, the Dodgers and some of these teams, their payrolls is twice as much as ours trying to get perfect and it’s still not perfect. The name of the game is win. You’re always going to try to find something you’re not doing. It depends on how your outlook in life is. Are you a half-empty or half-full person? I find that most people are half-empty people. I don’t deal with them. I don’t listen to them.”
*Joey Votto came out of Tuesday’s rehab game at Class A Dayton OK, but reported some soreness. He is still slated to play tonight and it’s still likely he’ll rejoin the Reds on Saturday.
*Thursday will give the Reds their third off day in the second half. Because of the doubleheader vs. the Cubs on Aug. 18, they’ve had a stretch of 34 games in 34 days. There will be four off days in September, however.
*On Thursday at 9 p.m. ET, the Reds will be featured on NBC Sports Network/MLB Productions new series “Caught Looking.” The production crews shot their stuff all last weekend as the Reds and Cardinals played. I was interviewed, but I don’t know if I will make the cut.