From this AM’s Enquirer:

Mays says:

“Not being out there for 15 days, it’s going to be tough,” said Mays, 0-1 with an 8.82 ERA in three starts with the Reds this season. “Your touch pitches – like your curveball, your slider, your change-up – even your fastball, location … is probably not going to be that good (today).

“It’s just another mental hill that I’ve got to go over and go out there and just try to throw the ball over the plate.”

Translation: If I stink again, it’s not my fault, they don’t pitch me enough.

The article goes on to give some of the Reds alternatives in the event Mays gets shelled again:

Even with pitchers Brandon Claussen and Paul Wilson on the disabled list, the Reds have options if they decide it’s time to make a rotation change.

Reds long reliever Matt Belisle, a starter most of his professional career, is eligible to come off the disabled list Tuesday after being sidelined since July 10 by a strained lower back.

Triple-A Louisville pitcher Justin Germano tossed seven scoreless innings against Rochester on Friday night.

Germano is 8-6 with a 3.69 ERA in 18 starts and one relief appearance this season. Teammate Michael Gosling is 4-4 with a 4.04 ERA through 15 starts. Both are on the Reds’ 40-man roster.

5 Responses

  1. Blue

    I don’t really have a comment. except to say that that’s a great headline.

  2. ohiobobcat

    I thought the exact same thing when I read Mays’ comments re: today’s start.

    It also made me question if he is a “winner”.

  3. Chad

    Jim, I understand that thinking…but I hope he pitches great because I’m going to be in the stands and I can’t take another Mays shellacking!

    The continuing presence of Joe Mays on the Reds roster is a huge mark against Wayne Krivsky.

  4. Glenn

    Mays has nothing left. Now, even he’s convinced of it.

  5. al

    of the three mentioned any will be an improvement, but i hope they give it to belisle if he’s healthy. he’s looked nasty at points this year and i could see him running off a nice run of starts to close out the season.