On this week's Fifth Mascot, Scott Kyser and John Fay talked about the state of the Reds.
Even as some starting pitching help starts to arrive, the Reds are continuing to struggle.
Fay said the Reds should be patient with Homer Bailey as he eases back into things after missing so much time the last two and a half seasons, but the bigger concern is the Reds' bullpen. After all of the innings the bullpen has thrown early because of the awful starting pitching, the bullpen is struggling now.
And Brandon Finnegan's injury really hurts this team.
Fay and Kyser praised rookie starting pitcher Luis Castillo's debut, and Fay said the Reds should give young pitcher Tyler Mahle a shot at the starting rotation.
The Reds need to figure out the future of the rotation because the starting rotation is in relative disarray, and the top prospects have not done well.
Fay also talked to Scooter Gennett about his time with the Reds. Gennett said he wants to get better and perform so he can stay in Cincinnati.
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