The Reds played some bad baseball over the weekend. When you play bad baseball against a very good team, the results are usually not good. Dusty Baker’s boys were swept by the Cleveland Indians and now head to Philadelphia with a five-game losing streak.
As bad as the Reds have played on the field, the most disappointing and disturbing part of the weekend came after the game yesterday. Edinson Volquez got clobbered, surrendering seven runs (six earned) and walking four in 2 2/3 innings. After his abysmal performance, he had the audacity to direct blame elsewhere.
“I think everybody has to step up and start getting some runs,” Volquez said. “The last five games, we’ve scored how many runs? Thirteen in five games? (Actually 12). It’s not the way we were playing last year. We’re better than that.”
Yes, the Reds have not exactly been tearing the cover off the ball. However, when you get pounded and fail to make it out of the third inning, the only place you should be looking is into a mirror.
By the way, the Reds have scored 237 runs this year, good enough for second in the National League.
Dusty Baker has been extremely patient with Volquez, watching him struggle to throw strikes and continually put the team in a hole by giving up first-inning runs. He has stood by his pitcher and defended him publicly. But with another poor performance combined with these asinine comments, Volquez may have finally punched his ticket to Louisville.