Tag:Chris Heisey
Posted on: April 11, 2011 9:07 pm

Reds' Stubbs sits as Dusty explains spring

The Reds lead the NL Central, but they're going to look different tonight than they did in their first nine games.

That's because struggling leadoff man Drew Stubbs will be given the night off and, for the first time in 2011, Chris Heisey will bat leadoff and play center field.

Stubbs has struggled out of the gate this year with a .237 batting average and a .310 on-base percentage.

"It's spring time," Reds manager and part-time weatherman Dusty Baker said before Monday's series opener. "To me, spring means you're a little confused whether it's winter or summer.

"This is what happens in the spring. If everyone stayed hot in the spring, it would be summertime. He's getting today off. He's missing pitches. He's staying [in the] air too much."

Stubbs already has 11 strikeouts in 42 plate appearances after establishing himself in the Reds' lineup in 2010. Last year, Stubbs became only the ninth player in Cincinnati franchise history to collect 20 or more homers and 30 or more steals in a season. He finished 2010 hitting .255 with 22 homers, 77 RBIs and 30 steals.

Baker said that Stubbs was being given a day off to "observe and simplify things. When you're a smart person like him, sometimes you think too much."

As Baker noted, sometimes in this game it's better not to think at all.

"Then nobody can think along with you," Baker said. "That make sense?

"He's a smart young man. He's always trying to figure something out. He'll be fine."

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