This would be Devin Mesoraco's first MLB career start. A proud day for all of us. I remember the first time I checked his Baseball Cube page. And the first time I checked his Baseball Reference page. I hope to be alternately checking his Baseball Reference and Fangraphs pages for years to come. Mesoraco makes the start primarily on the grounds that he caught Dontrelle Willis consistently across D-Train's 13 starts in Louisville. I'm sure I'd like Mesoraco to be getting in there more than every fifth game for the remainder of the year, but things aren't so terrible in Prospectville. The young dudes are hitting and Yonder is roaming the halls of left field again. Wrigley was the site of his outfielding career's supposed death, but the reports were greatly exaggerated.
Dontrelle is one of many Reds' players facing the two-part question over the offseason: Will they be in Cincinnati next year? And if they are, in what role? I think I've gone on broken record as saying I like Willis a lot. And I like him well enough as a starter. But with lefties hitting.146/.192/.229 (53 PAs) against him in 2011 - and righties a healthy .804 OPS - he may get a hard look in the bullpen as a lefty killer/setter-upper alongside Bill Bray. Especially if he stumbles over his last 3 or 4 starts. Not saying he will, of course. No sir. And both Horst and Maloney are also lefties. But DEFINITELY SOMETHING TO KEEP AN EYE ON GOING FORWARD.
Lineup after the jump. Is Frazier officially on the shelf? Francisco has been hitting out of his shoes, while Alonso gets the face-your-fears treatment in the Wrigley outfield.
|2011 - Dontrelle Willis||0-4||11||10||0||0||0||0||59.1||60||27||27||5||27||43||4.10||1.47|
|2011 - Matt Garza||7-10||26||26||1||0||0||0||158.1||155||78||64||12||54||163||3.64||1.32|
Brandon Phillips 2B
Drew Stubbs CF
Joey Votto 1B
Jay Bruce RF
Yonder Alonso LF
Juan Francisco 3B
Devin Mesoraco C
Paul Janish SS
Dontrelle Willis LHP
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