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Musings from 25 games under .500 in late September."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Farmers onlyFeaturesPlayoffsHistory/Hall of FameLatest NewsOff-seasonThe Cincinnati Reds aren’t even good at being badNew http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-b.j.-upton-jersey ,45commentsMusings from 25 games under .500 in late September.in front of an All Star crowd. Losing, but while trying to maintain some semblance of relevancy, was the M.O. rather than simply focusing on getting better for the future, and that’s largely what we’ve seen from them again in this stretch.Admittedly, they’re up against a bit of a wall. Had Jesse Winker and Nick Senzel both been healthy during this stretch and before, there’s certainly a chance the club would’ve both been playing better baseball for awhile now and that those two youngsters would be getting everyday playing time right now. Perhaps the club has just drawn a line on the prospect rankings behind them and moved on from the other young players they’d otherwise like to get a look at, which while a somewhat knee-jerk reaction on small samples would at least define their strategy at the moment. Still, everything we’ve seen from this bunch in September smells of a manager who thinks wins and losses with this ragtag bunch is what will ultimately land him the job beyond 2019, and is hell-bent on squeezing every last drop from a gassed group in a quest to do just that.I think it’s incredibly short-sighted, both by Riggleman and by the front office if they view this managerial tactic as redeemable and Danny Salazar Jersey , god forbid, something worth investing in for years into the future. The fact remains, though, that while the pitching has been awful for the entirety of Riggleman’s interim tenure, he’s found a way to wear down the position players to where they now look out of it, too. If that’s any indication of what we have to look forward to from this unit, well, color me awfully unimpressed, both in tactics and execution. Losing with an eye to the future is one thing. Losing while trying to specifically prioritize winning - and doing so at the hands of another rebuilding club - is just plain being stubborn. Hopefully, the Reds front office is a bit less stubborn and a bit more open-minded when they again try to tweak the direction of this franchise this winter. Oakland Athletics right-hander Trevor Cahill is as flummoxed as anyone by his extreme home/road splits this season.The veteran right-hander has a sparkling 0.87 ERA in eight starts at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum in 2018 but owns a 6.62 mark in seven road outings this season.“I think it’s just baseball http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-b.j.-upton-jersey ,” Cahill said.Article continues below ...Athletics manager Bob Melvin doesn’t have an answer, either. “I haven’t seen any difference as far as his stuff goes,” Melvin said.Whatever the reason for the glaring discrepancy, the A’s will be counting on Cahill (5-2, 3.12 ERA) to buck the trend Thursday night when they open a four-game series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis.Cahill is 1-1 with a 4.30 ERA in six career appearances, including four starts, against Minnesota. He has not faced the Twins this year, though.Oakland fell one game back of the Houston Astros in the American League West race Wednesday with a 4-2 loss against the Texas Rangers. The Athletics had won two straight and four of their last five before Wednesday’s setback and have compiled a 13-5 record in August. .“We’ve been playing great and bringing the same attitude every day,” Melvin said of his team, which entered Wednesday’s game with a .264 collective batting average and a 2.64 ERA in the first 17 games this month.That level of play Edwin Encarnacion Jersey , as well as the A’s attitude, have propelled them into the AL playoff picture. Though they’re right behind front-running Houston in the West, they will hold a comfortable 4 1/2-game lead over Seattle for the second AL wild card when they take the field against the Twins, whose postseason dreams were dashed weeks ago.Minnesota is using these last few weeks to evaluate its young talent, including Thursday starter Kohl Stewart.Stewart posted a 4.76 ERA with Double-A Chatanooga to start the season and earned his first big league call-up after going 0-3 with a 3.98 mark in seven appearances (five starts) for Triple-A Rochester.He allowed three runs over 4 1/3 innings Aug. 12 in his major league debut at Detroit and allowed three more runs his next time out, but lasted just 2 2/3 innings in the latter game, a 7-5 loss to the Tigers on Saturday in Minneapolis. The 23-year-old only Stewart (0-1, 7.71) allowed three hits in that outing but walked four while throwing just 31 of his 65 pitches for strikes.“You just can’t fall behind guys like that, can’t walk guys,” said Stewart. “I’ve got to give my team a better chance to win. It was not acceptable. I just wasn’t getting ahead http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-b.j.-upton-jersey , wasn’t executing pitches. I was one pitch away there in the third, and tried to do too much and got myself in trouble.”Despite those struggles, manager Paul Molitor opted to leave Stewart in the rotation for another go-round after sitting down with him for a postgame chat.“It’s a learning experience. I just talked to him about, it’s not so much executing (or) what you’re throwing, it’s, ‘What are you feeling?'” Molitor said. “You’ve got to really be able to seize the moment in terms of controlling your emotions, and do what you do. And it just seemed like it got a little fast.”



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