09/19/10 3:10 PM ET
Bailey's Monday start up in the air
By Richard Dean / Special to MLB.com
On Sunday, Bailey said he felt fine, but Reds manager Dusty Baker won't pencil in Bailey until he talks with Reds head trainer Paul Lessard.
"I don't know yet," said Baker. "I haven't talked to him yet about Homer. He says he's doing better. I hope so."
If Bailey doesn't pitch on Monday, there are options for Baker.
"You got [Matt] Maloney, you got [Aaron] Harang," said Baker. "Those would be the top two guys. [Sam] LeCure, maybe."
Hanigan, Hernandez form solid catching duo
HOUSTON -- A day after getting a team-high three hits in the Reds' 11-1 win over the Astros, catcher Ryan Hanigan wasn't in the starting lineup on Sunday. But it's a role he understands, as he and Ramon Hernandez share the catching duties.
"We've split time pretty much the whole year," said Hanigan. "We keep each other fresh. We flip flop different pitchers and catch different guys."
Hanigan and Hernandez both are right-handed hitters. Deciding on who starts a lot of the time is dictated by who is pitching for the Reds as opposed to who is pitching against Cincinnati.
Among the pitchers Hanigan consistently catches is Bronson Arroyo, who won his career-high 16th game on Saturday. Hernandez consistently catches Johnny Cueto. With the other starters, Hanigan and Hernandez just switch off. On Sunday, Hernandez started, catching Travis Wood.
Entering Sunday, the Reds were 42-36 in games Hernandez started at catcher and 34-19 in games Hanigan started. The Reds are 8-10 when Corky Miller catches. Hanigan was hitting .283 in 187 at-bats and Hernandez .300 in 287 at-bats.
"Things are going well, we're winning games," said Hanigan. "We're both producing pretty consistently and we both feel good this time of the year."
Stubbs doing his part offensively for Reds
HOUSTON -- Drew Stubbs homered for the 19th time this season in Saturday's 11-1 win over the Astros. That ties him with Scott Rolen for the third most on the team. Joey Votto had a team-leading 34 homers entering Sunday's three-game finale in Houston. Jay Bruce had 21 home runs.
There's a lot of power in Cincinnati's lineup. And there's also Jonny Gomes, who has hit 17 of the Reds' National League-leading 170 home runs. The Reds also lead the NL in batting average, runs, hits, total bases, RBIs and slugging percentage
"I don't think myself or anybody is concerned about who is the front-line guy" said Stubbs. "All we're concerned about is winning ballgames and getting into the postseason. There's been so many different guys this year that have helped in that effort."
Votto, Rolen and Brandon Phillips made the 2010 NL All-Star team and have been instrumental in Cincinnati's seven-game lead over second-place St. Louis in the NL Central.
"They've done good things for us this year," said Stubbs. "But we've also got good production out of everyone else throughout the lineup."
Stubbs, who has 70 RBIs and 83 runs, primarily bats sixth or seventh in the order.
"It's been a good experience for me," said Stubbs, who has batted second in the lineup four times. "That's a position [hitting seventh] where you're able to drive in some runs. It's nice to just get up to bat whenever you have runners on.
"I'm hitting seventh with that many home runs, but we got guys in the lineup that have been producing. Regardless of where myself or anybody else hits, we got a good mix and a good balance of guys top to bottom."
Baker taking it one game at a time
HOUSTON -- With their 11-1 win over the Astros on Saturday night, the Reds reduced their magic number to eight for clinching the National League Central.
However, the number Reds manager Dusty Baker is concerned with is one.
"That's my magic number that I tell our guys -- one," said Baker. "That's what it is -- one. That's what it is every day. You can only do something about the one. You can't do something about the other numbers."
The Reds last made the playoffs in 1995.
Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.