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Matt Belisle and Reds Waste Big Crowd, Beautiful Day

What’s a good cure for a desperate team, a team whose manager lost his mind in a recent press conference because of their poor play?  Apparently it’s the Cincinnati Reds.  They lost the weekend series with the Phillies today, a 9-3 butt whipping. 

I keep asking myself – If I could change one thing on this Reds team to make it better, what would that one thing be?  I can’t decide on a closer or better plate discipline.

The Reds lost their fourth of five games and are reeling.  The offense and bullpen have been miserable.  They’re 28th in the majors in batting average and 22nd in OBP.  Adam Dunn and Edwin Encarnacion are both in a major offensive funk he past six games.  David Ross is off the charts in his struggles.  Griffey is homer-less and role players like Jeff Conine and Scott Hatteberg have had to make major contributions to salvage wins.  This team looks anemic and lost at the plate at times.  (One of the bright spots has been Josh Hamilton who has an eye-popping 1,223 OPS.)

Up next is a 9-game road trip against St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Houston.  These next 11 days are going to be huge.  Perhaps a road trip will help this team bond a bit and get their collective schtuff together.  It certainly will be a telling sign about what this team is made of.

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