Chapman “a little stiff”

Reds closer Aroldis Chapman notched his 35th save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning during a 5-3 win over the Brewers, but it wasn’t without a bump. As Chapman struck out first batter Rickie Weeks, he appeared uncomfortable. It brought out the trainer and pitching coach Jeff Pico. After a few moments, Chapman was allowed to continue.

“He was a little stiff; he had a hard time getting loose, which isn’t unusual,” manager Bryan Price said. “I think if you wanted to go through the clubhouse right now and ask anybody if they feel real good when they go out there, if they were honest, they’d probably say, ‘No, not real good.’ But I think we’re right there; we’re right there towards the finish line. And I think we’re just trying to survive and make it all the way. And you’ve noticed, there’s guys that haven’t pitched in a week; there’s a reason for that, it’s not just personal choice.”

Chapman threw 12 pitches, nine for strikes. Only one of them was 100 mph.

Among those who haven’t been used lately — Manny Parra last pitched on Sept. 17 and Logan Ondrusek’s last appearance was Sept. 14.

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Probably a good thing the Reds are not heading to the playoffs. When Price says “I think we’re just trying to survive and make it all the way”, it sounds like they wouldn’t have the stamina to make it far anyway.

Lol. I worry about Chapman’s longevity for his career . For a closer’s. amount of work , it’s a little bit shaky the number of times he has been “stiff”.

Counting today, that number is one time.

Okay . I thought he had to take a few days off earlier in the year . My bad .

Hurt his hamstring and was hit in the face by a ball.

Okay . Got the hamstring confused . Thanks .

What was going on when he walked the 4 batters a while back. Thought that was not getting loose. Can’t remember.

Don’t know. Can’t remember . I actually forgot about that. I just hope he stays healthy .

Hope we never see ondruzek and parra pitch as reds again

Add Hoover and unfortunately LeCure.

Source: Jocketty, Price will be back for 2015
John Fay, jfay@enquirer.com 4:57 p.m. EDT September 25, 2014
Both general manager Walt Jocketty and field manager Bryan Price will be back for 2015, a Reds source said.
Jocketty is in the final year of his contract. An extension will likely be announced next week. Price, just finishing his first year as manager, has two more years remaining on his contract.
The Reds are finishing up what will be their worst season in five years. The Reds are 74-85 and have been out of the race since mid-August. The Reds came into the season after making the postseason two straight years and three of the last four.
While Jocketty and Price are safe, the source acknowledged that changes are coming in the offseason as far as the roster. “We’ve got a lot of work to do this offseason,” said another Reds insider said.
The Reds dealt with a lot of injuries. Fifteen players, including keys ones like Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Mat Latos, Homer Bailey, Brandon Phillips and Aroldis Chapman, spent time on the disabled list. Votto, the team’s best player, will miss 100 games.
But the second-half collapse is unprecedented.
The Reds were 51-44 at the All-Star break and proceeded go 23-41 since.
The most ready explanation for the second-half collapse is the team just hasn’t hit enough to win. Since the All-Star break, the Reds are hitting .220 as a team. They are last in runs, hits, batting average, slugging and on-base percentage. And that was with the everyday lineup — sans Votto — healthy most of the way.
While changes are coming, the club is still formulating exactly what to do. The biggest need is seen as a middle-of-the-order bat to play left filed. Whether that will come through trade or free agency remains to be seen.
What the Reds do with the their rotation will affect that. The Reds face decisions on four-fifths of their rotation. Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Mike Leake and Alfredo Simon are all free agents after 2015. Financially, the Reds could probably make signing Cueto happen, although there is great risk in giving pitchers long-term deals.
But Cueto has by far the most trade value, particularly with Latos coming off a season in which he’s dealt with three separate injuries.
The leading need besides a big bat is bullpen arms. Reds relievers are 0-15 with a 4.52 ERA since the All-Star break. Closer Aroldis Chapman has been the only consistently good reliever this year (Jonathan Broxton was before he was traded).
The Reds are counting on Raisel Iglesias, who they signed to seven-year, $30 million contract in June, for bullpen help in 2015, although he may eventually be a starter.

Looking at it objectively, it’s probably a good idea to keep Price and Castilini. It’s going to be a tough job in the off season. I would say if the Reds have a similar year next season , one or both will be gone. Let’s hope that won’t happen .

Jim. Think you meant Price and Jocketty.

Yes . You are right !!! Lol. Price and Jocketty .

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