05/17/12 1:17 PM ET
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By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
Mesoraco catches wins in past two starts
NEW YORK -- Although it's not necessarily a reflection of his performance, the starting catcher won-loss record has skewed heavily against Reds rookie Devin Mesoraco this season. While pitchers are 15-6 with Ryan Hanigan behind the plate, they are 4-11 with Mesoraco.However, the Reds have won the last two games Mesoraco caught -- on Wednesday against the Mets and Monday against the Braves. Mesoraco primarily catches for starters Homer Bailey and Mike Leake. "He was wondering [about his record] but he was catching Leake and Homer," Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said on Thursday. "It's not like he's catching [Johnny] Cueto every day. He's catching two of our younger guys, two of the probably least experienced guys we've got. They're inexperienced and he's inexperienced." Baker wasn't surprised that it hasn't all been smooth sailing for Mesoraco, who entered the season as the club's No. 1 prospect. "I told you when the season started, the two most volatile positions on this team, because of lack of experience, was our rookie shortstop and our rookie catcher," Baker said. "They're two of the most important positions nearly on the team. You've got to teach them. It's part of the job. He's a good student. He asks questions and he accepts being critiqued."
Rookie shortstop Zack Cozart snapped a 0-for-13 skid with a third-inning RBI double on Wednesday. Asked how Reds hitters should handle themselves against Dickey, the rare knuckleball pitcher, Baker had simple advice. "Look for a fastball," said Baker, who also advised hitters to move spots in the batter's box. "I was taught with knuckleballs that you have to crowd the plate. The last thing they want to do is hit you, because it doesn't hurt and they don't like baserunners."