Reds in September slumber with lumber

Reds in September slumber with lumber

CINCINNATI -- The Reds have taken a swoon at the plate in September, but the club has a little over a week to get it right before the National League Division Series.

Entering Thursday, Cincinnati was hitting .229 for the month, ahead of only the Astros in the NL. The Reds' 172 runs scored were better than only the Dodgers.

Several hitters have been in funks, including Brandon Phillips (5-for-39 entering Thursday), Scott Rolen (6-for-43), Chris Heisey (4-for-38) and Jay Bruce (7-for-50).

"It's always important to just be as prepared as you can. Baseball is a game of ups and downs," Bruce said. "We're going to be fine. We've either [been] tied or one game back for the best record in baseball. We haven't played as well as we can of late, but I am completely confident that we will."

As the team's leadoff hitter, Phillips would like to set a better tone at the plate.

"I feel like we need to wake up," Phillips said. "We just ain't getting it done right now. We're a better hitting team. I just feel like I need to step my game up. I don't want to talk about anybody else, but I feel like as a team, we should step our game up. But especially me, because I feel like it starts with me. Once I start getting my feeling back or whatever, I think everybody else will follow."