‘Just a day’ for Phillips

Brandon Phillips got a rare day off from the Reds starting lineup on Wednesday as Ivan De Jesus Jr. started vs. the Padres. Phillips is batting .330 (33-for-100) since the All-Star break, including 6-for-19 on the road trip.

Manager Bryan Price said there was nothing wrong with Phillips, who last had a day off on June 30. He also didn’t start one game of a day-night doubleheader on July 22.

“Just a day. I was trying to look ahead,” Price said. “He’s been on quite a run of consecutive games played. I gave him a heads-up a few days ago that I was going to pick out a game. I think he feels good. It’s just a good idea and I can rotate De Jesus around a bit as well.”

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Lead-off: This is what Hamilton does more times than not when he gets on base…
Billy Hamilton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Hamilton singled to left.
Eugenio Suarez: Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Suarez hit by pitch, Hamilton to second.
He puts tremendous pressure on the SP, as well as the infield D…
…we scored 3 when the inning was over.

Hamilton loses nearly 1 full AB hitting 9th instead of lead-off; huge mistake. This guy needs to have as many AB as possible and of course, get OB as many times as possible. There is very little else that the Reds do positively, and their R production is pathetic. Reducing the chances by burying Hamilton in 9th is ridiculous. The season is over; time to work with the quality players that will lead us into next season in order to be a contender. There is no question that Hamilton is one of the best CF in all of MLB; now is the time to teach him how to be a quality hitter. Get used to it…his glove and speed will never allow Price (or anyone else) to send him down to AAA; time to make him better…that’s what coaches are supposed to do.

Votto is a machine. He might hold the only contract that will survive and be reasonable…he may well be in another position with the Reds after all is said and
done; not in between the lines. What a keen eye at the plate; he takes pitches day after day that are balls, but not by more than a few inches. The other Reds players should be picking his grey matter; Frazier springs to mind.

Agree !!! Hamilton is useless in the 9 hole . At least in the leadoff spot , there’s a chance something positive is going to happen . Price is too stupid to realize that . Hit him first or don’t play him .

When the line-up turns over, he is effectively a second lead-off hitter, so the difference is immaterial. He isn’t getting the job done no matter where in the line-up he is batting!

I agree . He doesn’t get the job done in either spot . I guess I put a little more emphasis on the first inning and not so much after the order is turned over .

Agreed Denny, he basically becomes a second leadoff hitter the way the lineup is set up and more often than not it has worked out for the benefit of the Reds. It also takes a great deal of pressure off of him allowing him maybe to relax a little more.

Excellent job by Iglesias again. One mistake pitch to Kemp. But he buckled down, didn’t get rattled, and pitch well for his six innings. Needs to improve pitch count, but looks like the real deal.

Price’s dream job yet to yield ideal results
By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com
August 12th, 2015
Losses taking toll on second-year Reds manager
SAN DIEGO — One has to feel for Reds manager Bryan Price. A man waits his entire career to earn the job of his dreams and the two years he’s been in it have been the most trying of his life.
Losing can do that.
“It doesn’t matter. You can sit there and say that we’re going to blow this thing up,” Price said, the Reds having defeated the Padres, 7-3, at Petco Park on Wednesday. “But at the end of the day, if you don’t have a win to validate what you’re doing, it stinks to go home with a loss every single time. It does. And it’s miserable.”
It’s not as if you can just dust yourself off that easily and come back the next day, either.
“That would be the company line,” he said. “The company line is that we just stay optimistic and go forward. It has a wear-and-tear effect on everybody. I’ve never seen anybody handle losing real well. Some outwardly express it more optimistically than others, but when you go home every day with a loss it stinks, 100 percent.”
The losing has had a deleterious affect on Price, a usually calm and dignified man, who had one particularly epic blowup this season in front of the Cincinnati beat reporters.
The Reds, at 50-62, are heading toward their second consecutive sub-.500 season after going into the playoffs three out of the previous four seasons when managed by Dusty Baker. Price was the pitching coach under Baker after having similar tenures in Seattle and Arizona.
Price replaced Baker, who was dismissed in 2013 after losing the National League’s Wild Card Game to the Pirates despite a 90-72 regular-season record. Baker made a surprise visit to Petco Park on Tuesday night to visit with the team for the first time since he was let go.
Like his stints managing the Giants and Cubs, Baker was beloved in the Reds’ clubhouse and hours before the game, many of his former players swarmed him in the stands to the right of the visiting dugout. Price also gave Baker a big hug and engaged in a long chat with Baker’s wife, Melissa.
Baker, who suffered a mild stroke at the end of the 2012 season and spent 2013 on the job recovering from it, looked fit and healthy. He’s also a 13-year prostate cancer survivor.
“I really needed this break,” said Baker, who has spent two full seasons completely out of the baseball business. “But now I’m ready to manage again. I’ve been ready.”
By all rights, Baker, 66, should be a top candidate for any opening, particularly here in San Diego where Pat Murphy is considered only a stop gap for the dismissed Bud Black. Baker has 20 years of experience and a .526 winning percentage. He had 509 wins and a .524 winning percentage in his six seasons managing the Reds.
“Dusty wants to manage and again he’s earned the right to do it,” Price said. “He’s a good man.”
There’s no way around the fact that the Reds are 22 games under .500 playing for Price, 76-86 last year when they finished in fourth place in the NL Central, 14 games behind division-winning St. Louis.
The rotation isn’t remotely the same as it was under Baker when he was able to send out Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Homer Bailey, Bronson Arroyo and Mike Leake. With the recent trade of Leake to the Giants and Bailey only three months out from Tommy John surgery, the Reds are starting five rookies, who have opened the last 13 games in row.
Seven rookies have made 60 starts for the Reds this season and the staff owns a 4.04 ERA, 21st in the Majors.
Still, unless you’re Mets second baseman Wilmer Flores, there’s no crying in baseball and no excuses, either.
“I think we all have our opinions of what this club should be doing,” Price said. “Because of the challenges we’ve had a long the way, it’s been a struggle for all us who’ve been here the last couple of years as far as the expectation of winning more games. We’ve played a lot of close games over the last couple of years.
“And regardless of the roster, even when we’ve been somewhat depleted, there hasn’t been diminished expectations of not only being competitive, but of coming home with some wins. In my opinion, we’re just not winning as many games as anyone would like.”
These are the kind of answers anyone would expect from a standup guy. And Price is a standup guy. When his buddy Bob Melvin was shown the door as manager by the D-backs in May 2009, Price chose loyalty and left with him rather than continue to work as pitching coach under the then untested A.J. Hinch.
“That was an easy decision,” Price said.
Like Baker, Melvin was beloved by the veteran players in the D-backs’ clubhouse and because of that, “A.J. never had a chance,” Price correctly assessed.
MLB Now on managers, reporters
MLB Now on manager and reporter relationships
That’s why when Price went off at reporters it seemed so out of character. Anyone who knows him figured the five-minute, 34-second, expletive-filled tirade in his daily session with reporters April 20 had to have been caused by a mixture of tension and displaced anger.
The Reds had opened 5-7 and were on a four-game losing streak. Price was set off about reports that injured catcher Devin Mesoraco was not with the team. And when it was also reported that Mesoraco and Tucker Barnhart were seen on a plane to join the Reds in St Louis before Price could tell Kyle Skipworth he was being sent back to the Minors, the manager had a cow.
“It surprised a lot of people,” Price said. “For me, it was a culmination of a lot of things. What I would have done if I was any smarter is, I would have said, ‘Turn off your recorders and this is off the record.’ If I had any intelligence or any intellect whatsoever, that’s what I would have said.”
Instead it turned out to be a learning experience.
“Yeah, I learned a valuable lesson,” he said. “Call it a magical moment.”
Just another in two seasons chock full of them.

This is already posted on this very site…

Per Ken Rosenthal article:
Bryan Price, Reds. The speculation at the All-Star break about Barry Larkin soon replacing Price proved unfounded. Now that the Reds officially are rebuilding, an offseason change might not happen, either.

The bigger issue for the Reds will be fixing an offense that figures to remain largely intact in 2016, but ranks 11th in the NL in runs per game. The Reds, according to sources, declined to trade players such as right fielder Jay Bruce and closer Aroldis Chapman at the non-waiver deadline in part because they could not get the young position players they wanted in return

AND they never will . They are a day late and a dollar short with everything they do. Jocketty must go first .

Neb do you know baseball is all about runs and outs. Don’t let his speed blind you. The 2013 line up is or was close to what we have today. But we miss Choo and Votto being on base 575 times.

No, successful baseball is about R and RBI. Hamilton’s speed increases the Reds chances of producing Rs.

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