The Reds knew coming out of spring training that they had to stay healthy to compete. The home schedule concludes today with the playoff bound Cubs in position to sweep.
That did not happen.from the beginning Devin Mesoraco, the starting catcher and projected cleanup hitter had a bad hip. Homer Bailey made just two starts before it became necessary to operate on his elbow. Zack Cozart played in 53 games before his knee popped, requiring season-ending surgery.
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"We started to retool and it's been painful," Price said. "We have labor pains and the delivery of the baby won't be this year."
The Reds wanted to finish strong but after two nine-game losing streaks earlier in the season, the Reds are currently on an epic 11-game slide. The Reds last losing streak of 12 games was in September of 1993.
"We know its ugly right now;" said Price after the 10-3 loss to the Cubs Wednesday night. "There is no satisfaction from playing this poorly."