The Reds are currently riding a 13-game losing streak, their worst such streak since 1945, but the team isn’t making any changes in the dugout for next season. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty made it official this afternoon:
The Reds enter play today at 63-97 on the year. Depending on what happens with the Phillies (62-97), they have a chance to finish with the worst record in the majors. It seems like Price has been on thin ice ever since his profanity-laden tirade back in April, but the team’s disappointing season doesn’t fall completely on him. The Reds have relied mostly on a rookie starting rotation since the Johnny Cueto trade. Not surprisingly, things haven’t gone well.
Price owns a 139-183 (.432) record over two seasons since taking over for Dusty Baker as manager. He’s under contract through 2016.
Kyle Schwarber made his first career start in right field on Friday and it’s increasingly likely that he’ll find himself there for the Wild Card Game against the Pirates on Tuesday.
Schwarber logged three innings in right field in September, but he has mostly played left field of late. He only had one fly ball hit to him on Friday, but so far, so good. He’s right back in there tonight against the Brewers.
As Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com notes, one advantage of playing Schwarber in right field for the Wild Card Game is that he’ll have less ground to cover in PNC Park. Maddon is weighing a number of options for the do-or-die contest, including playing Kris Bryant in left field.
Darren O'Day has enjoyed another excellent season out of the Orioles’ bullpen and Rich Dubroff of CSNMA.com reports that there’s mutual interest in a new contract.
O’Day, who has a 1.54 ERA this season, is set to become a free agent for the first time in his career. The 32-year-old said the Orioles have only sent out some “feelers” at this point, so no substantial talks have taken place.
“They’ve expressed interest. I know they like me as a pitcher and as a person, so yeah, I’d love to come back if they’d like to have me back, so we’re going to continue talking about that. I’ve had a good run of things the past four years and I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t keep talking about it,” O’Day said.
With Zach Britton sidelined due to a lat injury, O’Day has converted four saves over the past two weeks. It’s possible that someone could give him a shot as a closer. Either way, with a 1.92 ERA over the past four seasons, he figures to do very well on the open market.