WALT TAKES AWAY DUSTY’S WUBBIE
Haven’t really talked much about the interesting dynamic in Cincy. With Walt Jocketty assuming the role of GM, I wonder: Does he even like having Dusty as a manager? Having been in STL when Dusty was here in Chicago, you’d think Jocketty knows that Dusty isn’t a big fan of the young dudes and that he plays favorites. Or that he’s just not the best in-game manager. Or maker of lineups. You get the point.
Baker has continued to keep running Corey Patterson out in centerfield and occasionally batting him leadoff, despite the fact that Patterson is hitting .220/.262/.386. Well now Jocketty is taking away Baker’s wubbie as phenom Jay Bruce is being called up for the Reds/Pirates series. And he ain’t coming up to sit behind Corey Patterson.
Perhaps Jocketty has a trade in place to remedy the crowded outfield there in Cincy. Or perhaps Baker will just have to deal with the fact that Corey is now the 6th best outfielder on his roster.
The Reds have a tough road to hoe fromnow until the end of June. They have been terrible in the divison, winning just 7 of 20 games. They have the set against the Pirates and then Atlanta in Cincy. Then dig this: on the road against Philly and Florida, then back home to host the Cards, the Red Sox and the Dodgers. Then they finish the month by going to play the Mets, the Blue Jays and the Tribe.
Things could be really ugly in Cincy a month from now as they could be 15 under .500.