Game 75: Twins at Reds 

  

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Mark, has anyone asked Price why he refuses to bat Votto after Hamilton when Hamilton leads off. Even though I believe Votto and Hamilton were at their best batting 1 and 2, Price refuses to do it now. Hamilton started his decline when Price decided to bat Votto 3rd after his hot start.

So the one pitcher we have that can hit bats 9th, while the rest have been batting 8th??????

By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com | @m_sheldon | June 28th, 2015
NEW YORK — Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips exited Sunday’s game vs. the Mets in the seventh inning with multiple hand injuries.

During the fifth inning of a 7-2 loss, Phillips appeared to aggravate a sore left thumb that’s bothered him this week on a swing against pitcher Steven Matz.
Phillips remained in the game, but later hurt his right hand, also. He was seen checking it throughout the sixth inning before he was replaced by Ivan De Jesus Jr. in the field for the bottom of the seventh.
“It was kind of a combination,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “He had a problem with the left hand on a swing. I think he was going to be able to play through that. But then on his right hand when he went back in to try and tag [Curtis] Granderson at second, he got his hand jammed on that play. Right now, both hands are probably on ice.”
On Wednesday at Pittsburgh, Phillips was scratched from with a jammed left thumb — an injury he sustained during Tuesday’s game when he tagged Gregory Polanco as he attempted to steal second base.
The latest development came as the Reds endured a three-game sweep at the hands of the Mets, including two losses on Sunday. Phillips extended his hitting streak to six games when he led off the series finale with a home run off of Matz. It was originally ruled a single off the wall, but a crew chief review showed the ball cleared the fence and hit a railing above the orange line.
Phillips is batting .287 with five home runs and 30 RBIs season.

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Maybe if I keep typing it the dumbass may get tricked into going back to these two batting in these spots and hitting at their best….like they did early in the season.

Wish we could get an answer as to why he doesn’t do it.

Don’t hold your breath. He’s dumber than you think.

If you’re going to put someone between Hamilton and Votto, why not Suarez who is batting .288 and .333 for last 6 games. Why put him 8th and DeJesus who is hitting .213 2nd.

The saddest part about the Reds is the path they are headed on…it literally may well serve Price well.
If the Reds wait until after the all-star game to start a trading campaign, there is really no reason to change managers. Why? After all, it will take a great deal of time to trade pieces and, it will be for lessor producing players so the Reds won’t expect any turnaround for the entire team until much later; hopefully next season. With that move by management, why would you even think of changing Price? You wouldn’t. Looking beyond this, it’s very sad to think that Price would continue to set lineups and move the pitching around; may main two reasons for replacing the guy if we are to be a contender; honest contender.
Bottom line: I think Price will be around until at least the end of the year and as it pains me to say, I concur with this expected decision. In other words, Price will be a puppet manager, not a ‘rebuilding’ manager, although I think he thinks he will be.
End of season, we replace him with a “qualified manager”; no fill ins, no temps, no light weights; an honest to goodness, get it done, no milk toast, semi hard ass, winner-take-all, kinda manager. A proven and results oriented manager that can light fire under his team, while capable of ensuring fundamental baseball coupled with constant situational thoughts pulsing through each and every player on the Reds,
24/7.
Now…let’s see how the Reds play it.

Totally agree with this summation. Guy on Cincy radio also made point re Sun. game 1. If it is so crucial to stop scoring in 13th inning that you pull outfielder in etc. – yet Chapman not used to probably prevent a ball in play at all?

Like your manager qualities. Anybody in mind that would be interested.

what about StUbbs, Heisey and Hanigan they helped the Reds before Price.

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