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Stubbs or Dickerson?

Can’t complain about another fine day in Houston, especially when I know the air will likely feel more oppressive the next time the Reds visit.

I did a lot of walking around downtown today and checked out the Tunnels below the city. It’s a lot like the skywalk in Cincinnati, only underground and far more elaborate. If you loath fresh air and sunlight, but love an endless array of small shops and fast food courts, then the tunnel is your kind of spot. I had lunch above ground.

The question of the day: Many of you love playing manager and bickering over Dusty Baker’s lineup. Here’s a more specific challenge. You only get to pick who bats leadoff — who do you go with?

This is one instance where Baker has little wiggle room based on the results.

Drew Stubbs: .150 AVG/.268 OBP/23 strikeouts
Since snapping his 0-for-20 skid on Thursday, is 1-for-14, including 0-for-3 w/2 Ks last night.

Chris Dickerson: .244/.262 OBP/17 strikeouts
Is 2-for-his-last 14.

Both players are super fast and can create havoc on the bases. The problem is that neither are getting on enough for a leadoff guy. Yet, the Reds have few other choices in-house. Someone suggested Orlando Cabrera, but he’s their best RBI man right now.

For now at least, Baker really has no choice but to keep running both of them out there until someone figures something out.

Remember the 2007 season when former manager Jerry Narron tried using Scott Hatteberg as a leadoff man?

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Greetings, Pete Mackanin

Hello from Citizen’s Bank Park, where it’s a warm and quite sunny day in Philadelphia. After first getting to the clubhouse, we were out in the dugout when Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin was behind the cage overseeing pitcher’s batting practice. It was good to visit with him for a few minutes.

Mackanin, you may remember, was the Reds interim manager for the final 79 games of the 2007 season after Jerry Narron was let go. A pleasure to work with for media folk, Mackanin had a dry sense of humor and liked to drop some quirky lines our way. Had I been blogging back then, more of them would have been printed. Here was one from today:

“There are three kinds of people in the world — those who can count and those who can’t,” Mackanin said.

Mackanin did a fine job for Cincinnati under the circumstances when he took over a 31-51 team that had the worst record in the Majors and guided the Reds to a 40-39 record. It would have been a better record had so many regular players not got hurt over the final stretch of games. However, Mackanin was never under serious consideration for the full-time job before the Reds hired Dusty Baker.


Thumbnail image for citizens bank park 070609.JPGReds lineup

Taveras 8
Hairston Jr. 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Gomes 7
Hernandez 2
Bruce 9
Encarnacion 5
Cueto 1

Not a ton of news today. 3B Edwin Encarnacion enters tonight a not-too-robust 1-for-9 in three games since his return from the DL with a left wrist fracture. The one hit, a double, came in his first at-bat back on Friday. Obviously, he is still playing catch-up after missing 58 games.

“My first few games I didn’t do that well but I know it will turn around,” Encarnacion said. “I feel ready to go. I’ve been working hard. Everything will come to me. I’ve had two bad games but that’s in the past. I will keep going. I will stay focused.”

As you can see from above, Encarnacion is batting eighth for the first time this season.

“Edwin doesn’t usually hit eighth but he doesn’t have his stroke yet,” Baker said.

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