The Reds rank 14th out of 15 National League teams in runs scored (34) and have the worst team ERA in the league (5.59).
“When you’re behind, you’re going to get the best of the bullpen,” Price said. “When you’re ahead, you’re going to get a lot of times the secondary bullpen and it’s a chance to tack on more runs. Being able to flip the script there will make a big difference.”
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The Reds start Sal Romano (0-1, 5.73 ERA) on Thursday and then Tyler Mahle (1-1, 4.22) in a 6:40 p.m. Friday game. Cody Reed (0-0, 9.00) is scheduled to start Saturday, but Brandon Finnegan may get the call after pitching five innings in a rehab start with Triple-A Louisville on Monday.
Finnegan, who was in the Reds clubhouse Thursday and said he hadn’t been told if he would start Saturday, urged fans to stay patient.
“It’s early in the season,” he said. “A lot of people are panicking for no reason. We’re in the second week of the season. Of course, it’s not going our way yet, but it’ll get there. Guys are starting to come around. We’re playing good. We’re not losing by a lot. They’re good games. You can’t complain a lot. I’ve watched the games while they’re gone. There are little things missing. I’m not going to sit here and say I’m one of the keys, but I’d like to be. I’d like to get back and try to help this team win and try to make a push. We’ve got really good players on this team. Once we get in a groove, I think we can do something special.”