Price: Guys still expect to win
Wednesday marked the second-straight day the Reds had a season-high eight game deficit in the NL Central behind the Brewers. They haven’t been more than eight out in a season since finishing 17 back in 2011.
As the losses mount, there can often be a danger of of a team getting complacent or comfortable or resigned to losing. Reds manager Bryan Price said that hasn’t happened to his club, but there has been an issue he’s had to handle without him getting into specifics.
“To me, what verifies if guys are still expecting to win is the effort that you get on the field,” Price said on Wednesday. “There are times here in the last week where we’ve had a couple of guys that haven’t run the ball out hard. That’s disappointing to me. That bothers me and we address it and we’ll continue to address it and not allow it to permeate the ball club. What we need are guys that bust their tail every day. As long as we get that, it’s hard to complain.”
This is getting to be a critical juncture for the Reds. It’s not early any more. Although the pitching has been good overall, the staff has given up five or more runs in five of the last six games while the offense still struggles.
The Reds haven’t broken out with a hot month yet or gotten on any roll with confidence. Price believed it was still possible.
“We have to go out there and get that,” he said. “We can’t sit on our hands and think it’s just going to happen. These guys are working hard. There is no complaint as far as the effort goes. [But] the results haven’t been great. It could be a lot worse. We’re eight games out, five games under .500 (29-34) and haven’t played terribly well collectively. There is room for improvement. I’m confident we will improve.”