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Dusty Baker Changes Lineup

The Reds released their lineup for this afternoons game against the Chicago Cubs. There was one major difference in the line up,

one that has already infuriated and confused Reds fans moments after it was released.

Dusty Baker has decided to move Shin Soo Choo out of the lead off spot and moved down to second in the lineup while putting Derrick Robinson into the leadoff spot. Choo has hit .280 with a .430 OBS. Choo has been key for scoring runs early for the Reds. Robinson is batting .321 this season, great numbers although he has not played in every game.

Zach Cozart is out of the line up today, instead Cesar Izturis replaces him at Short Stop. Cozart has struggled with the bat this season, batting .244 but Izturis is batting a dismal .159. The reason Cozart is out of the lineup has to be for rest, Dusty wouldn’t pull Cozart for Izturis based on performance, at least we better hope not.

Other than those two changes there isn’t much out of the ordinary. Mesoraco is catching this afternoon, he and Ryan Hanigan have been on somewhat of a rotation this season.

The move to move Choo down in the order is baffling. Choo is gets on base 43% of the time he comes to the plate, thats third best in the majors. With him on base it makes it easier for Joey Votto or Brandon Phillips to drive him in when they come to the plate. By moving him down in the order Dusty is now taking away a base from Choo, based on singles if each player gets a hit.

Robinson may flourish in the leadoff spot, no one knows yet. After last night though in a 12-2 thumping of the Cubs why would you mess with success? Just another decision from Dusty Baker that leaves Reds fans scratching their heads.

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  • metalhead65

    if it makes no sense then of course dusty will do it. it might make sense if he were going to play robinson more than 2 days in a row but since he won’t it doesn’t. he has had plenty of time to find out if any of the guys they have can play left field on a everyday basis but refuses to give anyone a chance. paul should have been the everyday starter the day Heisey went down. after a month of playing everyday or at least a couple of weeks we would have known if he could to do the job. if not then robinson then lutz get their chance but this nonsense of saying they can’t be everyday players without getting the chance is beyond stupid. this coming from the guy who had no problems putting johnny gomes out there everyday after proving after the first 2 montsh of 2010 he was clearly not a everyday player. then after they got rid of gomes he played the immortal fred lewis almost everyday when he to proved he could not do the job. he also had no problem playing Paterson and taveras everyday when they sucked but he won’t give any of these guys a chance to prove themselves? besides his constant line up changing the reds lack of bench help will once again be their undoing. why do they constantly sign washed up players nobodyelse wants for bench roles? face it hanaran and Izturis are just as bad as cairo and what’s his name was last year. how about signing a guy who is good bench player for a change? or maybe better yet play one of the younger guys in the system and let them get some experience so they can be effective bench players. the reds never develop their own bench guys because dusty never plays them when they call them up in sept. I know everyone loves hannigans defense but how is his .179 batting average helping the reds? how does mesoraco playing 2 games a week help his development? how is he suppose to improve in areas he needs to catching only leake?