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Postby Y`s Guy » Wed May 14, 2003 9:58 am

I am in search of a sixth starter. With 16 teams in my league the pickings are slim with maybe John Thomson being the best of the vets out there.

But...sitting there is Jeff Austin. I am intrigued. My question: is he staying in the bigs when Haynes gets back?

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Postby cincyreds » Wed May 14, 2003 10:35 am

Found this over at

It looks like he will stay in the rotation.

Jeff Austin gave up four runs and three homers over seven innings today in a win over the Brewers. When Austin wasn't giving up home runs, he was very effective today. Expect him to remain in the Cincinnati rotation. He's not a great option in NL-only leagues.

As a Reds fan, I am happy about the turnaround that they have had lately. 20-19 isn't bad at all.

I hope they can keep it going.
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Postby rjforlife » Wed May 14, 2003 11:31 am

well if dunn kearns and boone hit 50 45 and 40 hr like they are on pace for maybe they can stay at 500....haha sorry the reds staff is so bad it makes me sick. and gimme a break with that austin crap he is awful im sure theres someone better out there throw a list out we will find a better starting option.
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Postby phunkadelic » Wed May 14, 2003 4:39 pm

I personally wouldn't take Austin because he ain't all that and a bag of chips, but as for your question...

I've been hearing that when Haynes is back they will either send Reitsma or Reith down. If it's Reith, they'll slide Reitsma into the bullpen. So Austin should be safe for a week or so, but then you have Dempster probably starting again soon, after pinching a nerve in his neck. The question for the Reds then is do you send Austin back down, or push Riedling back to the bullpen and drop a reliever?

It was not definite, but it was looking like Austin would be sent down because manager Boone seems to like Riedling and because Russell Branyan was coming back soon. Instead of dumping Wily Mo Pena, they'd send down Austin and drop their pitching staff from 12 to 11.... Now yesterday Barry Larkin got hurt again, and if he has to go on the DL, that'll leave room for Austin for another 15 days or so.

This is all speculation, and the best theory is, if and only if Austin pitches a great game in his next start, look for the Reds to find some way of trying to keep him up here for the time being. Otherwise, he'll probably be gone in a week or two. My vote is a no to picking him up.
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Postby Y`s Guy » Wed May 14, 2003 11:11 pm

Thanks, Phunk. Great response. I will delay my 6th starter pick up for a couple of days.
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Postby wrveres » Thu May 15, 2003 3:03 am

Targeting a Red's starter ... ouch ... now thats a deep league ... lol
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Postby Y`s Guy » Thu May 15, 2003 9:45 am

Yeah, we're deeper than Traci Lords on a Friday night.

But earlier this week Gammons and Valentine were giving big props to the Reds offense potential when Branyan comes back. I did raise an eye brow of doubt when Gammons said Branyan and 35-50 HRs in the same breath. So, a Reds starter looks to get run support.
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