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Bryan Price calls out the Reds for lack of effort

Aug 5, 2014, 9:46 AM EST

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The Reds are playing bad baseball in the second half. And manager Bryan Price isn’t content to just chalk it up to injuries or chance. His comments after last night’s uninspiring loss to the Indians made it clear that he’s placing the blame on his players’ effort.

From C. Trent Rosecrans’ story at Cincinnati.com:

“What was disappointing and unacceptable tonight was that we didn’t have our head in the game at all, especially in the first five innings. We had two guys who didn’t remember how many outs there were, we had a pitcher that didn’t cover first base on a ground ball to the right side . . . We haven’t done that much this year, but what happened tonight was unacceptable from an effort and mental perspective, it’s not the way we play, it’s not the way we’ll play again. But we need a lot better than that.”

Not the sort of thing players manager Dusty Baker would say. Also not the sort of thing any manager of a struggling team would say if he wasn’t at the beginning of his tenure, as often times managers are blamed for this sort of thing. But right now Price has a chance to set the tone more than he might a year or two from now.

  1. cincinata - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    I saw the game on TV, and agree with Price. They stunk it up BAD! But then, they do have a patched up line up. The big problem is that Simon seems to be losing it in the second half. He over performed in the first half and now is seemingly tired out or not able to make the same pitches he did in the first half. Maybe that is why he was a relief pitcher before starting here.

  2. unclemosesgreen - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    I blame their Therapeutic Use Exemption Manager.

    • cincinata - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:03 AM

      One more comment. I notice that the official scorer gave Axford a save. They were winning by 6 runs. How does he get a save? Maybe a hold, but run runner on third did score.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:07 AM

        It was one of those weirdo saves – Axford came on in the 8th inning with runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out and the tying run on deck. He got the two outs, then the Indians scored 2 runs in the bottom half of the 8th.

        Pretty impressive outing for him.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:12 AM

        I believe the tying run was on deck when he entered the game. Then he finished it. Save.

  3. cincinata - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Yes, I agree he did a good job. Maybe he can make a comeback after all. I gave up on him after he was traded the first time.

    • cincinata - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:15 AM

      Sorry, I don’t think the tying run was ever on base, but an H-R would have made it 6 to 5. I still don’t think he deserves a save, but seeing some of the scoring today, and I can believe it.

  4. cincinata - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    On second thought, uncle is correct. One run was in, with two men on. The score was 5 to 1, so Ludwig could have made it 5-4, but he popped out. Then Hanrahan made the last out. Still, the tying run was not at the plate.

    • Bob Loblaw - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:24 AM

      Tying run is on deck, it’s a save. Not on base.

  5. Marty McKee - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    It’s hard to blame the team when you’re running out a lineup that includes Jack Hannahan as your designated hitter. The person Price should be calling out is Walt Jocketty.

    • thomas844 - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      I agree. This team can’t hit, plain and simple. A lot of people knew Simon was overperforming in the first half and his trade value would never be higher. The Reds have a surplus of great pitching, so why not trade it for a big bat? Walt missed a huge opportunity in trading Simon in my opinion.

  6. hoopmatch - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Is anyone else’s browser rendering certain words in all caps and linking to ads?

    • baberuthslegs - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      You need to run a virus/malware scan.

    • cincinata - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      No. But to answer Marty’s response. Remember, hind site is easier than foresight. Why would Walt trade Simon when his pitching was hold up the team (With Cueto) as others were just pitching so-so.

      • Uncle Charlie - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:42 PM

        Because it was pretty obvious that Simon was a product of excellent defense and bound to regress. Instead Jocketty decided that a 33 year old pitcher who’s peripherals aren’t far from his career averages had “discovered how to win.”

  7. cincinata - Aug 5, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Uncle:

    Who knows when a pitcher will “find himself”. If you examine stats of all greats, most of them come into their own at about 27-29 years old. Check out Kofax, Carpenter & Carlton and some of the great closers. Not many guys start out at 22 years old and become great at the start.

  8. cincinata - Aug 5, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    You don’t like my comments? Check out the numbers for the greats I mentioned and get back to me. By the way, check out Phil Niekro. I think he was over 30 before he got real good.

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