Phillips is one of just a few Reds players who have been fairly consistent this season. He’s only hitting .248 for the season, but with six home runs and three stolen bases, he’s showcasing that he can still reach double digits in both category. He and the rest of the Reds will get the day off tomorrow to clear the air.
Since the Reds moved him into the starting rotation, he’s done extremely well. He has a 2.98 ERA on the season and he struck out a season-high 11 batters in this one. Straily now has 22 strikeouts in his last 18 innings, but he has walked seven batters during that same span. The Reds offense isn’t exactly consistent, but another huge factor that takes wins away from Straily is the Reds’ horrendous bullpen. If Straily continues to pitch like this, however, he is worthy of a roster spot. His next start will come on Tuesday against the Rockies at Coors Field.
It was a great night at the dish for Morrison, and it came just when he needed it most, as his sub .200 average was beginning to wear on him as of Monday afternoon. And just in the blink of an eye, Morrison raised his average 42 points with a two-day stretch of 6-for-7 at the plate. He obviously wont maintain this unrealistic pace, however hopefully this is a sign that his bat has turned around. Give him a few more games before making a judgement.