Pinch Hitting Pitcher to the Rescue

Maybe the Reds really did make that deal for a big hitting righty – we just didn’t know it.  Micah Owings pinch hit for Volquez in the 7th tonight and put one off the left field wall scoring himself two RBI’s and a little separation for the Reds in a tight game.  Who knew the big hitting righty was already on the roster?  It clearly isn’t Alex Gonzalez, who still wasn’t given a day off despite his .071 average.  It also isn’t Edwin Encarnacion, who despite his ridiculous 10 walks is still only hitting .172 and has 4 RBI’s all from one swing.  With all of the opportunities given a 5/6 hitter, why hasn’t he been given a day off or moved down in the order?  I guess it is because the Reds have no one to put in his place.  Anyone else think maybe bringing Adam Rosales up from AAA would be a good idea?  Or putting Hairston at 3rd for a day?  I’m psyched that the Reds are still over .500, as I am predicting they will end the year (to be clear, my prediction is 5-10 games over .500), but to constantly come from behind seems unsustainable.  The roster issues combined with mostly poor starting pitching is going to come back to haunt them sooner or later.  Anywho, it was nice to see a solid outing from Volquez (despite again running up his pitch count) and you just have to love the incredible bullpen combination of Arthur Rhodes, David Weathers, and closer Francisco Cordero.  


Celebrating a Reds road win…



Roster issues plague Reds in 7-0 loss

It’s tough to win games if you can’t score runs.  It’s tougher when you have the wrong lineup in the game.  The Reds lost a tough one in Houston Saturday night 7-0 to Astros lefty Wandy Rodriguez, but the most striking number in the game was not the score.  It was the starting lineup.  With lefty Jay Bruce out with a hand injury, manager Dusty Baker decided to substitue another lefty Laynce Nix in his place in LF.  Meanwhile righty Darnell Mcdonald sits on the bench and Johnny Gomes is stuck in triple A Louisville.  Nix went on to strike out 3 times, including several critical at bats with runners in scoring position.  In addition, Paul Janish again rode the pine while “everyday” player Alex Gonzalez continues to bat under .100.  It makes me wonder how long the Reds will put up with half the lineup batting under .200, while most of the minor league prospects bat over .300.  I guess as long as the winning percentage is over .500 we can expect changes to be few and far between. 


Hoping W’s don’t get in the way of making this team better…



Welcome to the Big Dave Machine!  Here you can find out all you need to know about my thoughts on the Reds, my fantasy baseball team, link to other interesting stories around the web, and other nonsense.  Mostly I will just be reading Mark Sheldon’s blog from the Cincinnati Reds ( and posting my comments on the game or team moves.  I have no insider information or access to players, managers, or even live in the right city, so if you are looking for insider info you have come to the right place.  However, if you want to see my fantasy baseball team and provide some feedback, congratulation!  Here it is:

C           Ryan Doumit (Pit – C)
1B           Carlos Guillen (Det – 1B,3B,OF)
2B           Chase Utley (Phi – 2B)
3B           Brandon Inge (Det – C,3B,OF)
SS           Mike Aviles (KC – 2B,SS)
CI           Ryan Howard (Phi – 1B)
MI           Brian Roberts (Bal – 2B)
OF           Manny Ramirez (LAD – OF)
OF           Alex Rios (Tor – OF)
OF           Willy Taveras (Cin – OF)
Util           Denard Span (Min – OF)
BN           Chris Davis (Tex – 1B, 3B)
SP           James Shields (TB – SP)
SP           Chris Volstad (Fla – SP)
RP           Mariano Rivera (NYY – RP)
RP           Troy Percival (TB – RP)
P           Chad Qualls (Ari – RP)
P           Huston Street (Col – RP)
P           Hong-Chih Kuo (LAD – SP,RP)
BN           Josh Johnson (Fla – SP)
BN           Justin Verlander (Det – SP)
BN           David Price (TB – SP) NA
BN           Bronson Arroyo (Cin – SP)
DL           Tim Hudson (Atl – SP) DL

Thoughts?  Anyone I should get rid of?  Anyone you think will get hot soon and I should try to pick up or trade for?  Any good articles out there with fantasy advice? 

Looking forward to another season of baseball.