Price backs Hoover

On a night where Alfredo Simon endured his worst night of the season with a three-inning, five-run performance during an 11-2 Reds loss to the Rockies, it was another struggle of a game for reliever J.J. Hoover.

Hoover, who entered in the sixth, gave up three runs and four hits over two innings — including back-to-back homers by Corey Dickerson and Troy Tulowitzki in the sixth. Booed after finishing the sixth, Hoover pitched a 1-2-3 seventh.

Through 13 appearances, Hoover is 1-4 with a 10.03 ERA with 10 walks and five homers allowed over 11 2/3 innings.

Reds manager Bryan Price gave Hoover a vote of confidence after the game.

“The thing is before these last two outings, he was stellar for the previous three or four,” Price said. “This game is tough mentally. You guys know that as well as anybody. You see how success can run in spurts at times. We stuck with him last year when he started off slowly. It paid dividends for us because he ended up being one of our most reliable relief pitchers for the last five months of the season. I haven’t lost faith in him. I certainly want to give him some of those opportunities to pitch and get into a groove and get back to being that reliable guy that he’s been here since we’ve had him. I know it’s tough. It’s tough for anybody when you struggle. We think very highly of Hoov here.”

Items of note:

*The Reds pitching staff allowed a season high in runs, hits (16) and it was also the biggest margin of defeat for the team this season.

*Todd Frazier extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a 1-for-4 night. Frazier hit a single to begin the bottom of the ninth.

*Mike Leake struck out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning. Leake is 0-for-7 with two walks and six strikeouts when pinch-hitting for his career.

*Joey Votto hit his first homer of the season against a right-handed pitcher and his sixth overall when he took Jordan Lyles deep to left field leading off the second inning. Votto homered on consecutive pitches he saw — the Friday walk-off and Lyles first pitch tonight.


If price is backin Hoover then that makes me question Prices desire to win. Having a 10 plus era after 6 weeks is enough time to work out the kinks. I wonder if Price would back Hoover if the reds ownership said if it isnt below 3 by the end of June then you sir are out of a job. It isnt as if Hoover is the only one struggling…. Are we going tosit and wait on all of them to shake off their winters drunken stupor?

Pitchers need to be reporting in december to make sure that they earn their paychecks by being in mental and physical shape long before spring training begins. One month isnt enough time to burn off barley hops and bong resins

Hoover should go ! So should o should Baily. He feels he’s getting rewarded fr last year and can’t put it together for this. TRADE HIM !

This game will be lost in the first 4 innings. How many home runs off of Baily?

Boy ! I’m glade I was wrong. Looks like Homer might be back.

You guys have to remember this guy was injured to start the year. He would have been DLed if not for Latos going down. It was going to take some time for him to get back in shape for the year. Bailey is a good pitcher.

Good job by homer,chappy,bham and santiago. Lets keep santiago in there for a while he looked much better than what we normally get out of ss hitting wise. Bham looked great!

Back at Dale…Ditto!!

I agree. Give Santiago a chance . He fields well enough and God knows he can’t do any worse at the plate than Cozart.

Santiago was hitting .111 (2 for 18) until his 2 hits moved his average to .190; he’s nothing more than a fill-in and not the answer imo. With that said, Cozarts’ AVG, OBP, SLG & OPS has dropped lower every consecutive year for the last 4 years. Yet and still, he has deceiving power (when he hits the ball solidly) and hits 30+ dbls every year. More importantly, he is now running with Price at the helm; Baker didn’t run him once last year (steal 2nd base). Lastly, Cozart’s glove is stellar at SS (1 E in 142 TC thus far); probably what saves his bacon overall as his glove saves R. In my view, he needs to stop trying to be a power swinging-from-the-heels hitter and become a contact hitter; especially with his speed. If he can’t do that, I think over time he will become another disciple from the ‘Stubbs School of Hitting’.

I agree to a point. Maybe if Cozart was challenged he would do those things you mentioned. Just a thought. Besides, almost every hitter on the Reds think they’re a home run hitter.

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