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Livingtson’s Bat Better Than Ross’

Posted by Matt on July 17, 2007

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Let’s get one thing clear: Cincinnati Reds’ left-handed pitcher Bobby Livingston went 4-for-4 with 1-run and 1-RBI during last night’s 10-3 drilling of the “Catlanta” Braves (Nice little Kentucky reference, eh?). Yes, you heard me correctly, Livingston has a hotter bat than David Ross in his prime (if he ever actually had one of those).

After nearly earning a spot in the starting rotation, Bobby finally got his third chance in the Majors this season after a no-decision on May 13th and a win on June 1st. In three appearances, Livingston is 2-0 with a 3.18ERA with 1.706WHIP. With all of the hype surrounding rookie sensation Homer Bailey, fellow young-gunner Livingston has flown relatively low under the radar. I do believe, however, it was “Charlie Hustle” that told us all to call up Bobby Livingston in an article dated July 2, 2007, 15-days ago (How To Fix The Reds).

If our young arms can continue to improve and playboy Bronson Arroyo can fully get back on track, I think I like the looks of this rotation:

  1. Aaron Harang (10-2 in 20-games started with a 3.70-ERA and 120-strike outs) -> Can anyone say borderline N.L. Cy Young Award?
  2. Bronson Arroyo (3-10 in 19-games started with a 4.78-ERA but has only given up 10-earned runs over his last four games)
  3. Kyle Lohse (5-11 in 19-games started with a 4.68-ERA but has given up only 1-earned run in each of two of his last three starts) – -Matt Belisle if Lohse leaves in 2008
  4. Homer Bailey (2-2 in 6-games started with a 6.99-ERA but has three games of two-or-less earned runs each)
  5. Bobby Livingston (2-0 in 3-games started with a 3.18-ERA and is also batting .625 in 8-plate appearances)

With the young, rookie arms of Jon Coutlangus (4-1 in 47-relief appearances with a 4.02-ERA and 1.436-WHIP) and Phil Dumatrait (9-5, 3.52-ERA in 19-games started for Triple-A Louisville this year) bumming around in the Bullpen.

Looking at our talent in this regard, I might have to agree with “Charlie Hustle” that the Reds are just one or two pieces away from being a .500 ball club. Of course, one of those pieces being an offensive-minded catcher to replace David “No Bat” Ross; in that case, I suggest that on days he isn’t starting that Bobby Livingston take the field behind the plate. He IS hitting .625 in the Majors this season with 2-RBIs (as many as Norris Hopper) and 1-run, after all.

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