The season's on the brink
In the wake of the latest bullpen meltdown, the Reds have lost five of six, and they've got Eric Milton going Tuesday night. The club is 0-5 in his starts.
It's getting late very early this season.
If I'm in charge, I make a move or two before the game. Wayne Krivsky doesn't like change for change sake. But the bullpen isn't getting it done. The Astros have scored 17 runs in six games in the eighth inning against the Reds.
Some possibilities: Give Todd Coffey a stint in Louisville to get himself straightened out. Bring up Marcus McBeth, the guy they got in the trade from Oakland. Or bring up Phil Dumatrait to pitch in relief. Or try Jason Kershner (17 IP, two runs, eight hits at Louisville). Or dare I day it: Use Homer Bailey in relief as a stopgap. Bailey pitched another gem for the Bats Monday, by the way.
It's still very early, but the bullpen is leaking runs on a nightly basis. It's going to be hard to sell tickets if fans keep seeing the same thing night after night. Coffey's a great guy, a stand-up type. But when the other guys are hitting .339 off him and he's given up four homers in 16 1/3 putting him in a tie game in the eighth is the definition of baseball insanity. Jerry Narron didn't have a lot of other choices Monday. Brad Salmon, perhaps?
So, if I'm in charge, I try to get him some choices before tomorrow night's game.
If it might not help, but doing nothing isn't really instilling a lot of confidence in the fan base.