Phillips, Bruce get days off

The Reds’ Sunday lineup was a little different as both 2B Brandon Phillips and RF Jay Bruce were given days off from starting vs. the Cardinals.

“We’ve got a day off coming up [Thursday on the road] and had those back-to-back days off but it was followed by a doubleheader,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. I’ve really leaned on [Phillips], Joey and Frazier and Jay quite a bit so it’s when I can find a spot. I’m sure Frazier will get another day off and most likely, Joey. It’s trying to pick spots. No injuries. Just a good day off for those two.”

Phillips went 0-for-4 in Saturday’s full game, but has had a really nice second half. Since returning from missing a couple of starts with a right biceps tendon injury on Aug. 22, he is 28-for-86 (.326) with three homers and 16 RBIs in 21 games.

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Is it too much to ask that off days are planned for road games and we the home team fans get too see our best players play. I’d love to know our Sunday win loss record. I bet it stinks.

BP had to recover from bowling event. Seriously though – Cueto Sunday night game – all of runs he has given up (6 so far) have come from 4 home runs! Things not getting any better.

Hard to believe what is happening to him. I hope he gets it turned around. I like him and the Royals.

“We’ve got a day off coming up [Thursday on the road] and had those back-to-back days off but it was followed by a doubleheader,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. I’ve really leaned on [Phillips], Joey and Frazier and Jay quite a bit so it’s when I can find a spot. I’m sure Frazier will get another day off and most likely, Joey. It’s trying to pick spots. No injuries. Just a good day off for those two.”
Why is Price trying to make it sound like we are 2 G out of lst place with the playoffs in range? What spots? Does it really matter if he gives anyone a few days off? None of this matters now, in fact seeing fresh faces and trying out different players would be beneficial to the team for next season. I mean, come on, we’re 28 1/2 G behind the Cards and 22 G behind in the WC race; we’re done. Only thing worth doing now is to prepare for 2016.

i was thinking the same about the bowling event. Hey Price ” Just a good off day for those two ” what are you thinking with a sweep staring at us. Come on have a brain. Winning must be too much for you. Sends a terrific message to the club. The way these guys think is just brutal. They have all winter to rest for gods sake.

Mark Sheldon are we allowed to ask or say things like this. We have a 20 game season package and attended the game yesterday. Left there with the feeling like these Sunday day line ups are just horrible and feeling we lose every Sunday. Well I decided to go back and look at Sunday results this morning. Its unbelievable.

Here they are: April 0 wins and 3 losses. May 1 win and 4 losses. June 2 wins and 3 losses. July 0 wins and 4 losses. August 0 wins and 5 losses. September to date 1 win and 1 loss. Total 4 wins and 20 losses.

If this does not indicate something what does. This has to be something about Sunday off day philosophy. I’m not going to go back and look up every game and torment myself looking at these half ass line ups. If it says anything our back up players stink if Sunday is used as an off day.

Shoot if I’m a writer, this is a story to be told don’t you think. All the data these managers have, they have to know these things don’t they.

Now I really think Price is a nut job. A season from hell and proves he’s a clueless manager.

Local analytical coverage? You’ve got to be kidding. Don’t hold your breath.

From MLB Trade Rumors…
Ryan Madson, Royals — Madson, 34, had not even pitched in the big leagues since 2011 when he came to K.C., yet he picked up right where he left off. All told, he’s contributed 54 2/3 innings with a 2.47 ERA and 8.4 K/9 against 2.0 BB/9.
Two free agents who were dealt at the trade deadline have greatly harmed (Johnny Cueto) and helped (Yoenis Cespedes) their chances at a major deal this winter due to their performances with their new clubs.

Jocketty Wants To Remain Reds’ GM “Another Year Or So”
By Jeff Todd [September 11, 2015
Reds general manager Walt Jocketty says that he intends to remain in his position for “another year or so,” as C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. The veteran executive says he’s not ready to follow the path of Doug Melvin, who’ll move into an advisory role with the Brewers after the season, though certainly his phrasing suggests that his time in the GM seat may be drawing to a close at some point in the relatively near future.

Of course, Jocketty’s own preferences are not the only ones that matters here, and his job security has been called into question — at least speculatively. The Reds are mired in last place in a highly competitive NL Central, which led the team to deal away several pending free agents at the deadline. And the club disappointed last year as well after reaching the post-season in three of the preceding four seasons.

It is worth noting, though, that Jon Heyman of reported earlier today that Jocketty was expected to be retained. He is still under contract through 2016 under a previous extension with the club.

Jocketty also discussed his recent trades with Rosecrans, saying that the recent deadline swaps of pending free agents were deals “we knew we had to make because of the free agents and injuries.” The sell-off of Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake, and Marlon Byrd brought back a nice group of young arms. Cincinnati had already picked up some useful pieces in offseason trades of Mat Latos and Alfredo Simon.

The Cinci GM acknowledged that the club is rebuilding, saying that it is “an interesting process” and “kind of a fun process” to undertake. It remains to be seen whether the Reds will look to cash in other assets this winter, with players like Aroldis Chapman, Jay Bruce, and Brandon Phillips profiling as potential chips.

Jocketty emphasized that he sees plenty of promise in the talent already assembled at or near the big league level. “I think when we get three guys back like [Devin] Mesoraco, [Zach] Cozart, [Homer] Bailey, those guys will make a big difference,” he said. “We’ll still have the other guys under our control.”

As for areas to improve, he focused in on the relief corps. “Our big thing is to try to improve our bullpen and depth in our bullpen while we keep developing our young pitchers,” said Jocketty. “I think a couple of tweaks here and there and I think we’ll be very competitive next year.”

Indeed, the pen is an obvious area to improve based on its middling results in 2015. As I recently suggested in breaking down the team’s three primary needs, it could make sense to act there even though Cincinnati faces an uphill climb in a highly talented NL Central. While Jocketty did say that he thinks the club can compete next season, it still seems likely that the bulk of his focus will remain on setting up the organization for 2017 and beyond.

After a strong start with the Royals, Cueto has lost his last five and put up a 9.57 ERA in those starts. He’s 2-6 with a 5.43 ERA in his nine starts with Kansas City. (Of note, John Lamb is 1-3 with a 5.18 ERA in six starts for the Reds.)

It may get to the point where Cueto won’t only not be the No. 1 starter for the Royals in the playoffs, but it could get to the point where you wonder if he’s even on the playoff roster. Ned Yost told the Kansas City Star that he’s not quite ready to make postseason decisions yet, but the Royals feel like it’s not a physical thing, but a mental thing.

The stuff hasn’t been the problem, but the control, which sounds so un-Cueto-like.

Meanwhile, Mike Leake picked up his first win as a Giant on Sunday – and hit a three-run homer to boot. He’s 1-3 with a 4.34 ERA in six starts with San Francisco.

The Giants have to be happy with the production they’ve gotten from Marlon Byrd, especially with San Francisco losing outfielders left and right. Byrd’s hitting .314/.355/.523 since the trade with three homers and 23 RBI in 22 games. Byrd also has 481 plate appearances this season – with 550 plate appearances, his $8 million option vests, so that should be interesting to watch.

Double-A: Biloxi 7, Pensacola 5 (Saturday): The Blue Wahoos were swept in the Souther League playoffs, ending their season. 1B Marquez Smith hit a grand slam and Jesse Winker was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

High-A: Charlotte 3, Daytona 2, 13 innings: The Tortugas’ season ended in heartbreaking fashion, a 13-inning loss in the Florida State League playoffs. LHP Amir Garrett gave up two runs in the first, then retired 10 of the last 11 he faced. He allowed four hits and two walks in six innings with seven strikeouts. 1B Chad Wallach drove in both Tortugas runs.

Rookie: Missoula 6, Billings 3 (Friday): The Mustangs’ season ended with a loss to Billings in the Pioneer League playoffs. CF Zach Shields singled in one run and 3B Brantley Bell had a sacrifice fly for another.

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