CINCINNATI -- In case you wondered, David Weathers has noticed the booing. And he can take it.
"None of that has really ever bothered me," Weathers said on Thursday. "I've been booed out of Yankee Stadium."
The Reds' reliever was lustily booed by the home crowd of over 34,000 on Wednesday night after he gave up an eighth-inning run and two hits in a 7-2 Reds win. With 12 earned runs and 18 hits allowed this month, Weathers entered Thursday with an 11.57 ERA for June.
"I was booing myself," Weathers said. "They're just voicing their displeasure with how I'm throwing the ball. The sad part about it is if they got inside my head, they're not even the tip of the iceberg of how I feel. I'm a self-motivator."
Since leaving a June 11 appearance with right shoulder tendinitis and taking five days off, Weathers has only pitched in four games. Over those 3 1/3 innings, the 36-year-old has allowed six earned runs -- including four during a 1/3 of an inning vs. the Mets at Shea Stadium on June 20.
It's a dicey situation. Weathers' track record indicates he needs a lot of innings to be successful. But he hasn't been effective enough lately to get those opportunities.
"I can't give them to myself," said Weathers, who is 2-2 with a 5.50 ERA in 32 games this season. "To me, that's the Catch-22. To pitch better, you have to pitch more. To pitch more, you have to pitch well enough that somebody wants you out there again.
"It's hard to complain, because we're a game and a half back and leading the Wild Card. We're winning. That's the most important thing. I'm not a trouble-maker."
Reds manager Jerry Narron was supportive of Weathers.
"We just need to get him out there get some regular work (I'm gonna add this in, this plan seemed to backfire tonight)," Narron said. "He'll be fine. We've got to have him. We have to have David Weathers pitch well for us."
Weathers, who has only retired 17-of-32 (53 percent) first batters faced, hasn't been the only reliever struggling for Cincinnati. The bullpen's 5.11 ERA this season ranks 15th out of 16 National League clubs. Fellow veterans Kent Mercker and Chris Hammond have also endured bumpy outings lately.
"When the three of us get it together, we can put up some zeroes in a hurry and a lot of them," Weathers said. "No doubt in my mind. All three of us have been in that stretch run many times. That's as important as stuff."