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CINCINNATI — Todd Frazier describes the 2015 Cincinnati Reds season in a way everybody who sat through almost daily rain delays in Great American Ball Park can understand: “This season was like a constant string of rainy days.”

The Reds, tied with the Atlanta Braves for the second most losses in the majors this season, lugged a 10-game losing streak to the field Wednesday night against the Chicago Cubs.

TO CATCHER BRAYAN Pena, through all the indignities of this season, the 10-game losing streak is the epitomoe of indignity.

“The 10-game losing streak, that’s the one that is very hard for us,” said Pena.

Manager Bryan Price wants to end the streak, wipe it away. And he says his team feels the same way.

“All our guys want to play,” said Price. “Talking directly, we’ve lost 10 straight. We want to win

and we want to win badly and we’ve wanted to win badly for a long time. It has been a long year.”

PENA SAID WHEN the team broke camp this spring they talked about 10-game winning

streaks, not 10-game losing streaks, not 90-some losses, not being out of first place by 36 games in September.

“It is no secret that there were high expectations in our ballclub,” he said. “We didn’t deliver. It is not the fault of the front office people. It is not the fault of manager Bryan Price or the coaching staff.

“It is us, the players,” he said. “We are the ones who did not go out there and perform. We’re the ones who go out there and play the game. If there is somebody to blame it is ourselves.

“We have to look at ourselves in the mirror and say, ‘What can we do better and what can I do better to improve my game?’”


after this season and he wants dearly to return, but knows that is out of his control. But he plans to do some self-improvement in the off-season.

When he looks in the mirror, he sees a 240-pound guy who needs to shed some pie and cake. He plans to lose

25 pounds.

“I want to bring something different to the table next year,” he said, and he didn’t mean pizza or burgers. “If I can lose 25 pounds I can be more useful. I can play some outfield, play some infield and do my catching. With my experience and being a switch-hitter that would be better for me as a player. Everything will be better for me behind the plate and as a hitter if I lose 25 pounds. And I will. I have already set up a nutritionist in Orlando”

JOEY VOTTO was not in Wednesday’s lineup after popping something in his shoulder blade area during his first at-bat Tuesday night.

“I’m hoping a day off will make that portion of his back or shoulder blade feel good enough to play,” said Price.

Price said Votto stayed in the game Tuesday with limitations on his swing not because he wanted to extend his getting on base record to 46 games but because he wants to win


AND IT IS THE same for Frazier, who left Tuesday’s game with a strained Achilles tendon after trying to make a sliding catch of a foul ball on the dirt warning track.

Frazier was at the park early taking batting practice to see if he could play Wednesday and his name was on the lineup card.

“It is a lot harder than people give players credit

for in having to make a decision whether they can play,” said Price. “I’d rather make that executive decision, along with the training staff, and not put it on the shoulders of the players. It is not easy to lose and it is not easy not being in the lineup when your team is losing. They want to play and grind out some wins before this all ends.”

JON MOSCOT HASN’T pitched since mid-June when he wrecked his non-pitching shoulder diving into second base trying to make a tag.

He threw in the bullpen Wednesday and is leaving for Arizona to continue his throwing/rehab program. And there is a chance he might pitch some games and innings in winter ball.

“He missed a lot of time with this injury, but he has pitched himself into a position to challenge for a spot on the big league club,” said Price. “He has the ability to pitch in a good winter league, if just for several weeks, to make sure he is feeling good and use that as a springboard into spring training.”

Moscot, a 24-year-old right hander and fourth-round pick in 2012, was 1-1 with a 4.23 earned run average in four starts before his injury.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Somebody mentioned that there are always silver linings, even during a 10-game losing streak, and Price said, “There it is again. Don’t write about silver linings or people will start sending me the hate mail again. People are sick of the silver linings with this club.”

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