Today is a great day for Bob Castellini and Walt Jocketty to blow things up and they need to begin with the Reds' bench. There is too much dead weight on this team. They are getting no production from various washed up veterans. It is time to replace them with more youthful talent which should also rid them of this losing atttude.
We have seen what the kids (Votto, Volquez, Janish, Cueto) have done when given the opportunity. They play with passion and heart, like they actually care about winning. The Reds need more of that and with a core group of younger players the time to start rebuilding the attitude of this team is now. So today Mr. Castellini and Mr. Jocketty suck it up, eat some payroll, and bring up some fresh faces for Tuesday's game against the Pirates - COMMIT!
SEND 'EM PACKING
Corey Patterson - After Sunday's 0-8 performance (in the lead-off spot) he is hitting .201. The only complimentary thing the team's announcers can say about him is that "he has got a great arm". Let him use it to hitch a ride out of town to Mendozaville. Replace him with Jay Bruce it's time.
Scott Hatteberg - Votto has proven he can hit lefties and play everyday. Hattie is done. Batting .173, he can't contribute coming off the bench. This team needs a RH bench bat. Why not bring up Jolbert Cabrera? He is just a better fit for this team.
Matt Belisle - He never could put together two quality starts in a row. At 1-4, a 7.28 ERA and WHIP just under 2.00 ERA, it is time to part ways. Bring up LHP Matt Maloney and start him. Maloney is 3-0 w/ a 1.32 ERA in his last four starts. Friday is his rotation day.
Josh Fogg - Fogg is just too much of a liabilty and his 9.00 ERA can't help anymore. Bring up Daryl Thompson and start him Thursday. Thompson has been senstional at AA Chatanooga (3-2, 1.76 ERA) and was recently promoted to Triple A Louisville.
That's four fresh faces on Tuesday that will be a good place to start.