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The Reds are just toying with the rest of the league

Aug 29, 2012, 6:52 PM EDT

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That’s my feeling anyway. Manager Dusty Baker went so far as to start Miguel Cairo at first base Wednesday, yet the Reds beat the Diamondbacks 6-2 to complete a three-game sweep in Arizona.

Cairo, who entered the game with a .168/.198/.264 line in 125 at-bats this season, went 0-for-4. It should be noted that this is hardly the first time Cairo has played first for Cincinnati this year; he’s started 14 games there and hit .200 with two walks and three extra-base hits in 50 at-bats.

But the really astonishing thing is that the last couple of times Cairo has started at first base, Todd Frazier has played third with Scott Rolen resting. So, not only is Cairo one of the game’s weakest hitters, but Baker also seems to think he’s a worse third baseman than Frazier, a guy who has never been known for his defense. In fact, Cairo has played 136 innings at first base this year and just 107 innings elsewhere (69 at third, 38 at second).

Of course, none of this has really hurt the Reds at all, considering they’re sitting pretty with the game’s best record. They could go ahead and try Chris Heisey at short if they wanted to and still finish atop the NL Central. Consider that they’ve gotten two homers in four starts from Dioner Navarro, this really does seem to be their year.

  1. dondada10 - Aug 29, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Roundabout way to slam the Cardinals. You’re getting better at this, Matty.

  2. whodeytn - Aug 29, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Cairo needed to be gone months ago. Worthless.

    • tfbuckfutter - Aug 29, 2012 at 8:56 PM


      I’ve never seen anyone misspell “years” that badly before.

  3. thatyankeedude - Aug 29, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Ok im not a reds fan but since my family loves them I follow them. This team is good even without votto and with votto they r great. The could win every single game from here on out but when playoff time comes they will fall on there face. I’m not a fan of dustys managing and I think that might cost them in the playoffs. I hope it doesn’t but it very well could.

    • keithbangedyermom - Aug 29, 2012 at 7:29 PM

      Nah. The NL is weak and the Nats have already decided to sabotage themselves with Strasburg. The Braves rarely succeed in the postseason. The Dodgers-Giants-Cards are all threats, but I think the Reds have the inside track at the flag in the NL.

      • madhatternalice - Aug 29, 2012 at 7:47 PM

        I’m just going to keep saying this. You do realize that Strasburg isn’t even the best pitcher on his own team this year, don’t you?

      • keithbangedyermom - Aug 29, 2012 at 8:10 PM

        Go ahead and keep saying it.

  4. hackerjay - Aug 29, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    I think they are probably trying to get Frazier extra reps at third for when Votto comes back. Might as well make sure he’s ready to play the position in a more or less meaningless game rather then a playoff game.

  5. keithbangedyermom - Aug 29, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    It’s not just you. With that bullpen and power offense I think they are the heavy favorites in the NL.

  6. cosmoandmelovepens - Aug 29, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Ahhm, Pirates anyone? Don’t worry reds we will get you back.

  7. callmecynical - Aug 29, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    Pirates?? Really??, the 9.5 GB in 3rd place that is out of the Wild Card right now and nearly got swept by the Reds earlier this month.

    The Pirates don’t have the pitching or the weapons to keep pace. Starling and Andrew are awesome players but the Bucs are probably a year away only if they add to the roster this winter.

  8. tfbuckfutter - Aug 29, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    I think starting Cairo at first has less to do with them messing with the rest of the league and more to do with Dusty Baker being a big idiot who every once in awhile somehow stumbles on a little bit of success despite being a big idiot.

  9. johnnyb1976 - Aug 29, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    Reds are 80-52 Dusty looks pretty smart to me. Poor Cub fans lol.

    • tfbuckfutter - Aug 29, 2012 at 9:53 PM

      Seriously….am I the only one who was shocked to even find out Miguel Cairo still played baseball?

      I’d have pegged him as owning a used car lot in Tampa.

    • chumthumper - Aug 30, 2012 at 10:57 AM

      Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while.

  10. bringbackkosar - Aug 29, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Dusty is big on winning series, already had this one in the bag so why not rest brittle Rolen on the road?Slow news day apparently

  11. alexandercartwright - Aug 29, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Remember when Craig Calcaterra decided to blast Dusty Baker for playing Ryan Ludwick

  12. J. R. - Aug 30, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Rolen never ever plays a day game after a night game. And Frazier is going to be the 3rd baseman if Rolen gets injured again, or whenever he does retire. So why not give Frazier some time at 3rd base when it’s available? It seems like it would be bad managing not to do it.

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