CINCINNATI -- For the second time in a week, Reds center fielder Drew Stubbs was out of the starting lineup. Dave Sappelt started for Stubbs in center field, like he also did Tuesday at Chicago.
"He looked a little worn [down Sunday]," Reds manager Dusty Baker said of Stubbs. "You could sort of see his bat dragging and his total demeanor sort of dragging. I decided to give him a day off today after what I've seen the last couple of days. Plus that light air in Colorado didn't help either if you're dragging some."
Stubbs entered Monday batting .249 with 15 home runs, 42 RBIs and a .324 on-base percentage while appearing in 145 of the Reds' 146 games. While he's trying to avoid 200 strikeouts -- he's currently at 188 -- Stubbs has 37 stolen bases and 89 runs scored.
"I figured he can get fresh again and steal some more bases and hopefully get 100 runs," Baker said.