Sunday, August 17, 2003

Reds chatter

By Mike Ball
Cincinnati Enquirer

The Ex-Files

The Reds have received seven young pitchers - with two to come - from their recent flurry of trades. Here's a quick look at how the former Reds are faring, entering Saturday:

• Aaron Boone (.273, 18 homers, 65 RBI with Reds) - The Yankees third baseman was hitting only .125 in his first 13 games, covering 48 at-bats, with one double, one RBI and one base on balls. He finally hit a game-winning, three-run homer Friday. He has committed two errors.

• Jose Guillen. (.337, 18 HR, 65 RBI) - The outfielder was leading the Athletics in hitting, batting .288 in his 14 games covering 59 at-bats. He has two doubles, two homers, four multihit games and five RBI.

• Scott Williamson (5-3, .319 ERA, 21 saves in 42 games) - The Reds' closer has pitched as a setup man for Boston. He had a 5.40 ERA in eight games but was unscored upon in seven of the appearances. He allowed four runs in one-third of an inning against Baltimore.

• Gabe White (3-0, 3.93 ERA in 34 games) - The left-handed reliever was on the DL when the Reds traded him to the Yankees. He pitched off a mound for the first time Friday and could pitch in a minor-league game Monday.

• Kent Mercker (0-2, 2.35 ERA in 49 games) - He has pitched 2 1/3 shutout innings since the trade. He figures to replace Ray King as the Braves' primary situational left-hander.

Remember him?

Jack McKeon was not retained as Reds manager after the 2000 season. He went 77-85 (fourth place), 96-67 (second, losing wild-card playoff to the Mets) and 85-77 (second).

His .529 winning percentage was higher than Lou Piniella's (.525.).

McKeon has guided the Marlins into wild-card contention since replacing Jeff Torborg in May. Florida entered Saturday 51-33 under McKeon, including 48-26 since May 23, best record in the majors.

By the numbers

46: Players used by the Reds this season, surpassing last season's total of 43.

6: Players who have made their major-league debuts this season.

13: Starting pitchers used, counting Seth Etherton's debut Saturday.

16: Victories by members of the starting rotation that opened the season.

17: Victories by NL leader Russ Ortiz of the Atlanta Braves.

The week ahead

Monday, OFF

Tuesday at Arizona, 9:35 p.m.

Wednesday at Arizona, 9:35 p.m.

Thursday at Arizona, 9:35 p.m.

Friday at Houston, 8:05 p.m.

Saturday at Houston, 8:05 p.m.

Sunday at Houston, 2:05 p.m.

The skinny: The Reds snapped a 16-game losing streak to Arizona in the series finale Thursday, then snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Astros on Friday.

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