Jay Bruce knows his history against Houston left-hander Wandy Rodriguez. Bruce is 2-for-29 against Rodriguez with 15 strikeouts.

But he also pointed to his most recent history.

"I'm 1-for-3 against Wandy this year," he said.

Bruce was not in the starting lineup against Rodriguez and the Astros Saturday night.

"Obviously, I'd rather be in there," he said. "I'm not the manager. He's looking out for the best interests of the team. But I feel like I can contribute."

Bruce did not go to Reds manager Dusty Baker when he saw the lineup.

"No, I respect him," he said. "It's his decision. I'll be in there at some point."

Baker said he was reluctant to sit Bruce, despite the numbers. Chris Heisey started in right field, Ryan Ludwick started in left.

"It's the same thing as before," Baker said. "Wandy's been tough on us. Heisey and Ludwick have had as much history of success against him as anyone on the team. Jay will be in the game later — probably. I don't like sitting him. What is hie 2-for-30 with 15 punch-outs? Those aren't good numbers. I hate to sit him, especially with his home people here. But you've got to do what you've got to do."

Ludwick went into Saturday's game 11-for-35 with two RBI and a .368 on-base percentage against Rodriguez. Heisey was 3-for-8 with a home run and a .444 on-base. Bruce's on-base against Rodriguez was .068.