After a big splash in free agency, Cincinnati was one of the presidents favorites in the Cincinnati National League Central, signing sluggers Mike Mowcakas and Nick Castellanos during a roster overhaul. But the Reds started their three-match series at the division-leading Chicago Cubs with an 18–23 record.
With the 16-team playoff format for this year, there is still time for the Reds to find a way into the postseason. But the rest of the schedule is tough, with trips to St. Louis and Minnesota and home series against Milwaukee and the Chicago White Sox.
“I would be very disappointed if we didn’t make the playoffs,” Williams said, and I’m sure everyone, the players, the staff, the ownership, you know, had high expectations for this season. There is a third left in it, that’s all. About, and it’s time to get out there and perform. “
But Williams did not show much interest in replacing Bell, who managed to make Cincinnati a 75–87 record in 2019 as his first year in charge. When asked about internet and talk radio criticism about Bell, Williams said he did not pay much attention to it.
“We study every game. We go back and review them and the decisions that have been made,” he said, “and the decisions that this coaching staff made were made with great logic. “. The main shining figure for us is underperformance. Offense and batting average on balls in the game.”
Leading in Tuesday’s action, the Reds were in last place in the Major. Batting average on balls in the game with 237.
As Cincinnati may get some help as of this weekend, Nick Senzel hopes to return after being sidelined for nearly a month. The center fielder was placed on the injured list on 19 August for unspecified reason.
The 25-year-old Senzel is working on the team’s alternate training site.
“When he went down, he was an over-800 OPS. It would be four weeks on Friday,” Williams said, “and if you keep that production in center field, what did we do is?” You have a very different result, and that too does not calculate its defensive value. ”
The Reds also made a doubles move before their matchup with Chicago. Catcher Tyler Stephenson and right-hander Jose de Leon were brought from the team’s alternate venue. Reliever Nate Jones was placed on the three-day paternity list, and infielder Matt Davidson was named for the assignment.
The 24-year-old Stephenson made his big league debut on July 27 and appeared in his first major league plate. The 2015 first round pick went 2–2 and went for two runs, but was sent off two days later.
“Tyler worked very hard to make himself a part of this team to be a part of it,” Bell said.
“Obviously he will catch something. He’ll also serve as a right-handed bat off the bench. Potentially DH as well.”