Game 113: vs. A’s

Lineup for tonight’s game against the AL West leading A’s:

Shin-Soo Choo 8
Derrick Robinson 7
Joey Votto 3
Brandon Phillips 4
Jay Bruce 9
Devin Mesoraco 2
Zack Cozart 6
Jack Hannahan 5
Mat Latos 1

Note: With Mesoraco batting sixth, that’s the highest he’s been in the lineup in a game he started this season. In 16 games since the All-Star break, Mesoraco is batting .315 (17-for-54) with four home runs and 12 RBIs.


Couldn’t have anything to do with ‘full time’ duty could it?
This position should not be platooned; it should be played
by Mesoraco full time, as evidenced by the last 16 games.

It should happen, but it won’t when Hanigan gets back.

That looks like a winning lineup. If it works, please don’t change it. Hannahan is a very capable 3rd basemen and I believe he’ll take up the slack while Frazier figures out what he needs to do to get back in the lineup. The Reds need Frazier to play like he did last year when Votto was out. Perhaps if someone would tell Frazier that Votto isn’t playing that may be answer to get Frazier to hit in the .300s.

Unfortunately, Frazier has been found out; he can’t hit the off speed stuff, and the league has
found him out. Watch the pitch type when he comes up to the plate; Nobody, but nobody that wants to pitch the guy correctly will throw him a FB. If they do, and they do 20-25% of the time,
Frazier is on it. It may take Frazier a complete winter to learn to hit the slower, off speed stuff. And, if he doesn’t learn it during that time, he might as well pack his bags next season. I really hope he takes the opportunity to learn how to hit all pitches in the Bigs, not just sit on his laurels and big hitting in the minors.

Fast stat…
Only the Atlanta Braves swing at the first pitch more than the Reds in the NL.

How should we interpret that stat? Good thing or bad thing?

Here is my take on the first pitch approach… What do the best hitters in baseball do? Votto always works the count and rarely swings at the first pitch. I feel the majority of good hitters make the pitcher come to them.

I disagree. If you are looking first pitch fastball and you get it, hit it. Doesn’t matter what pitch it is. If you are looking first pitch fastball and you get a hanging curve, you let it go, you weren’t prepared for that, get the next one. First pitch is fine if you are ready and it’s part of your plan. Don’t go fishing for it, that’s where you get yourself out and Thom Brennaman hangs his head in disappointment.

Oh my! The idiot son, where the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree, would exclaim…

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