Price: Suarez pressing
A lot of things have gone wrong for the Reds during their 10-game losing streak entering Friday night vs. the Brewers. One of them has been the sudden drop off of production from third baseman Eugenio Suarez, who is in a career-long 0-for-20 skid.
In the last 10 games, Suarez is batting .139/.162/.306 with 20 strikeouts in 37 plate appearances. There have been four games where he’s struck out three times, including one where he struck out four.
“He’s working hard to maintain the approach, his best approach. It hasn’t translated as well in the games as it does in batting practice and cage work,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “I know he’s pressing. First and foremost, he wants to help the team and wants to be productive. I think a lot of guys in the situation we are in are pressing to do more than they are capable of doing. He’ll learn from this. This will serve him, hopefully, the next time he knows he’s beginning to press and is able to move away from it a little faster.”
Before this hitless stretch, Suarez was one of the hotter hitters on the club. He had a seven-game hitting streak and was 10-for-32 (.313) with three homers.