Price remains optimistic
One thing about Reds manager Bryan Price is he doesn’t brood for days and weeks during the rough stretches. Nor does Price get too up when things are going well. While he certainly can show his displeasure after a loss, he doesn’t carry it to the next day or next series.
Therefore coming on the heels of a winless six-game road trip, Price was in a pretty positive mood on Friday. He was asked by one reporter if he had to do anything to keep the spirits of the players up to keep the season from getting away from them.
“Other than the early part of the year, I haven’t had to do anything at all. I don’t make a lot of trips through the clubhouse to pick up the spirits of the guys,” Price replied. “You have to realize that what’s happening isn’t uncommon. It’s standard practice in a Major League Baseball season that you have periods where you play very, very well and other periods where you tread water like we did the first couple of months. And then there are periods where you struggle to win games on a regular basis. The last six have been a real struggle for us.
“[But] it’s a stretch in the season. We’re going to get back. We’re going to have other stretches where we play better than we have here. What we need is to play well enough to get ourselves to the top of the division and into the playoffs and hopefully be one of the hotter teams going into the playoffs so we can do more than we’ve done in the past few opportunities.”
*In other news, SS Zack Cozart (bruised right fingers) is back in the lineup after missing Wednesday. Cozart was hit by a pitch while bunting Tuesday night. He showed he could hit or throw without issue. Price said Cozart could have probably played on Wednesday but it made more sense to give his swollen fingers two days of rest to be right.