It is Opening Day in Cincinnati! Growing up, and still today, Opening Day has ranked just behind Christmas as my favorite day of the year.  It is the beginning of baseball season.  The standings are erased.  Everyone is on an even playing field.  Everyone has hopes that this is the year that their team will be World Champions!

What can we expect from the 2014 Cincinnati Reds?  There are a lot of questions and concerns.  There is also a lot of hope and optimism surrounding this club.  Perhaps that is what makes this first day of the season so great.  What can we expect?  No one knows!  But we are about to watch it all unfold over the next 7 months.

While there is debate over whether today should be a national holiday, rest assured that only one city in America treats today as if it is a holiday.  That city is Cincinnati.  So sit back Reds fans!  Enjoy the holiday.  Enjoy the pageantry that is baseball.  Enjoy the fireworks, cheering crowds, and excitement.  But know that today is just day 1 of a 162 game marathon.  Whether our beloved Redlegs win today or not, it is a long season.  But also know, baseball is back! There isn’t another day like Opening Day!  And there is no city that does Opening Day like Cincinnati!


Reds Lineup:
1. Billy Hamilton CF
2. Brandon Phillips 2B
3. Joey Votto 1B
4. Jay Bruce RF
5. Ryan Ludwick LF
6. Todd Frazier 3B
7. Zack Cozart SS
8. Brayan Pena C
9. Johnny Cueto P

201 Responses

  1. preacherj

    I’ve got the first game thread comment? Sweet. This is preach, btw; my screen name is different at the moment. Reds record for 2014: 150-12. Nobody’s perfect.

  2. Shchi Cossack

    FSO seems genuinely stoked and psyched for the game today and the start of the season. The players seem more excited than usual to get this thing going in 2014. I think Bryan has instilled a sense of opportunity and a sense of an unfulfilled mission. Where’s my bat…where’s my glove…give me a ball…

    Put me in coach, I’m ready to play, today.

  3. Richard Fitch

    Domination of the NL Central begins now. Reds. Go.

  4. Shchi Cossack

    Beginning today, we find out if the 2014 edition of Billy Ball plays in Cincinnati. I just hope the engineers have the stadium properly anchored if Hamilton gets on base to lead off the bottom of the 1st inning, cause the entire city will be rockin’ and tidal warnings going up for Newport and Covington.

    • jdx19

      Can you imagine what would happen if he got on, stole 2nd, stole 3rd, and came home on a wild pitch? The Mayans wouldn’t have anything on 2014 Cincy!

  5. jdx19

    I have to withstand the urge to check up on the game while at work! I have it DVRing at home. If the liklihood of me being able to hold out were a MLB team, it would be the Astros, I’m thinking.


  6. ToddAlmighty

    Something I learned today: Mat Latos lives in Cincinnati year-long.

    I think that’s really cool, I wish more players would live in the city they play for. It also makes me think Latos enjoys living here, which gives me more hope that a contract will get done for him. I know how excited I am for this weather and for baseball after that awful winter… so I know Latos must be feeling the same way after experiencing it too.

  7. sergeant2

    Joey Votto followed by Jay Bruce sure does look nice when looking at the batting order. Whoooo!!!! Go Reds!!!!

  8. Steve Mancuso

    Beautiful day at the park. Can’t believe it’s still March. My ushers haven’t missed an Opening Day since 1972.

    • ToddAlmighty

      Sure you can get some good employee-perspective stories from someone who hasn’t missed an Opening Day in over 40 years.

  9. Spittin' Seeds

    I’ve lurked a few seasons. I figure with the new layout, I can at least make a user name. Not sure how much I will add as every time I read, someone says what I would say, and the write it much better than I could.

    It is finally here. Go Reds!

    • ToddAlmighty

      Congrats on your 2014 Opening Day debut.

  10. mwvohio

    The clock needs to move faster, I need me some Reds baseball. It’s been a long winter.

  11. preacherj

    Who hits the first Reds homer? I’m going a little off the grid and choosing Brandon Phillips.

    • Ron

      How about Votto gets the first walk. Sets the tone for the rest of the year

      • Spittin' Seeds

        I think Hamilton with the first walk sets a better tone.

  12. Ron

    Anyone want to make a bet that Ludwick wont dive head first. Curious to see how much of a turn Cueto has in his windup

    • earmbrister

      Thanks Preach. Friggin’ Cubs game screwed me up — don’t have ESPN3

  13. preacherj

    ah, I forgot how sweet the “What’s holding you back?” commercial is……

  14. mwvohio

    Little scary with the wrist thing but man that felt good to watch. Good velocity, good movement. Even on the walk he was throwing a few close pitches that could have been called strikes.

  15. Spittin' Seeds

    Opposite field with two strikes! Nice work BP.

  16. jas428

    I saw Adams do that a few days ago against the shift in spring training.

  17. ToddAlmighty

    Not only does Todd Frazier refuse to use his hands to hit a homerun, he also goes ahead and steals bases long before the pitcher even starts his motion.

  18. sergeant2

    I’m so used to the Reds not stealing bases, I forgot how exciting it can be when a Reds player successfully steals a base.

  19. ToddAlmighty

    Wainwright is getting that low outside corner a heck of a lot more than Cueto is getting the inside or the outside.

  20. mwvohio

    I love the strikeouts but let’s see some more grounders to the boys so we can keep JC in the game longer.

    • ToddAlmighty

      My money is on the first streak of success he gets, he’ll start being called Billy “The Kid”.

    • Shchi Cossack

      Nothing has stuck yet. The possibilities can’t keep up with im.

    • bhrubin1

      That’s a silly question. Billy’s never been tagged by anything.

  21. Matt WI

    Held my breath to check the score for the first time at work just now. Exhhale. Alright, go get after Wainwrong.

  22. esbienenfeld

    If BP is going to stay in the 2-hole for the majority of this season, I think a hugely underrated storyline is whether he’ll be able to change his approach and be as patient as he can be.

    • VaRedsFan

      The problem was taking the hittable strike 2 pitch, then followed by an emergency “let me try to foul it off” on a hittable pitch.

  23. preacherj

    Holiday sits down again! Love it. Cueto with 6 K’s

  24. VaRedsFan

    Nice work through 4 for JC…Now let’s get him a couple of runs/

    • earmbrister

      didn’t quite get over the wall, or to the mound …

  25. Shchi Cossack

    Well Hamilton is 0-2 today, but Texas has scored 11 runs on 14 hits and 4 BB in 7 innings and Choo is 0-4 with 1 BB and no runs scored. Just sayin…

    • preacherj

      I would have still liked a Choo-Hamilton-Bruce outfield, with Billy batting ninth and Choo leading off. Billy would be on base a few times for Choo. Me like that thought. Oh, well….

  26. sergeant2

    I’ll tell ya one thing, I sure do like the way the Reds are hustling down the 1st baseline.

    • Bill

      Except for Votto on that DP…chance for Price to show a little leadership…”Joey, what are you waiting for there..?”

  27. ToddAlmighty

    Sure would love for the Reds bats to wake up. Get a run or two for Cueto.

  28. Matt WI

    Nice to see (well, hear, in my case) some vintage Cueto.

  29. preacherj

    Shifting in the middle of the at bat. Unusual……

    • Spittin' Seeds

      I do. I think he swung too early and got lucky that it was hit on the end.

    • Bill

      I agree with Chris, it’ll even out, pay off more often than not.

  30. VaRedsFan

    Big shift on defense for Adams. Brian Price at work.

    • VaRedsFan

      Cue Ball dribbler down the line…sigh

  31. mwvohio

    Fluke double though, can’t fault the shift for that. Right off the end of the bat.

  32. preacherj

    Leadoff double wasted. Good job. Now, let’s score some runs.

  33. esbienenfeld

    Cards now hitting .000 with RISP this year. Regression!!

  34. ToddAlmighty

    I think we forgot sometimes last year since he wasn’t around, but Cueto is really really good. 5 innings, 74 pitches, 2 hits, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts against a very good Cardinals team. This is why the Reds Ace conversation begins and ends with Cueto. Looks like he’s aiming for his fourth straight year of sub-3 ERA.

    • mwvohio

      Bit early for that kind of projection but yeah, we missed JC a lot. Excited to see if Bailey/Cingrani/Latos can give him a run for that ace moniker this year.

    • ToddAlmighty

      Crazy graphic just got put up.. Cueto has the 2nd lowest ERA among ALL starters in MLB since 2011. Only Kershaw has lower.

  35. Ethan

    It’s time for the brethren to bust out the bats!

    • mwvohio

      To be fair Wainwright is pretty good. Billy isn’t the only one up there looking like he’s swinging a toothpick.

  36. preacherj

    Not the finish to the promising start I was hoping for.

    • preacherj

      eh, Johnny is a good bunter and an athlete. I think it was the right move there.

    • eric nyc

      Cueto is a TERRIBLE hitter and a very good bunter. That was absolutely the right move.

  37. eric nyc

    Well Hamilton looks positively terrible…

  38. preacherj

    How long do we ride Cueto today?

    • eric nyc

      90-95 pitches. Hope for a good quick inning here.

      • eric nyc

        Just like that. Another quick one and he could go 8 innings. That would be a god send with our bullpen issues and Cingrani pitching Wednesday.

  39. eric nyc

    Cueto is dealing. Shame that first inning took so many pitches.

  40. love4reds

    Can someone tell me what those little green dots under the C mean on MLB gamecast?

  41. eric nyc

    Bruce’s approach is DEFINITELY more patient. Looks like Votto is finally rubbing off on him.

  42. preacherj

    Thanks, Molina. Let’s make it count!

  43. earmbrister

    Joser looked like he was going to cry on that passed ball …

  44. VaRedsFan

    4 pitch walk followed by 1st pitch lunge swing, try to pull by Cozart

    • Bill

      Just a terrible AB by Cozart, you have to wonder what he was thinking.

  45. earmbrister

    Is there a Card I hate more than Molina ?

  46. VaRedsFan

    Molina kills us again…NEVER throw him a 1st pitch strike

    • Bill

      I don’t think that was a strike…to be honest.

  47. VaRedsFan

    Cliff Lee got the win today. 5 IP 8ER

  48. Bill

    It’ll be a darn shame if Cueto loses on one bad pitch…come on offense, let’s get going here.

  49. CP (@nomoresalads)

    Realistically, if the Reds are going to be successful this season, the Reds are going to be in A LOT of these 1-0, 2-1 type games. We better get used to this.

  50. Bill

    One game…but Billy sure has looked overmatched today..yow.

  51. eric nyc

    Wow…Hamilton’s going to be in Louisville before the end of April at this rate…

  52. Eric the Red

    Thought experiment: could anybody imagine MLB scheduling nearly 1/3 of the season series between the Yankees and Red Sox in the first 9 games of the season? Nah, me either.

  53. BA22

    Cueto was downright dominant minus one pitch all day. Such a waste of a terrific start. The offense needs to get their collective heads out of their butts.

  54. eric nyc

    Ondrusek??? Did Dusty call that in on his cell phone?

    • bhrubin1

      Beat me to it. That was almost my exact comment.

  55. jas428

    why not use Bernadina vs Wainright and save Heisey for defense?

    • bhrubin1

      I assumed Heisey was going to stay in.

  56. w_c_hughes

    Not watching… only gamecast. How did Wong reach on that?

    • eric nyc

      Just a really well timed bunt. Put it down right past Parra. No one could make a play on it. Wasn’t even a throw.

  57. bhrubin1

    I assumed Heisey was going to stay in.

  58. eric nyc

    Possibly the most crucial spot in the game and you bring in the worst pitcher in your bullpen…I say as he gets the out. Still, don’t get that call.

  59. w_c_hughes

    Good time for Billy’s first homer.

  60. VaRedsFan

    Votto…time to earn paycheck! Let’s go JV!

  61. Doug Hyde

    We have our best up, can’t ask for more than that.

    • VaRedsFan

      Going on contact… nothing he could do. Doesn’t qualify as TOOTBLAN IMO

      • Doug hyde

        The replay I saw is he did not run on contact. Typical TOOTBLAN.

  62. BA

    All around terrible offensive performance. If we don’t get a run in here, I’m going to be furious. JV should’ve had a GIDP and Phillips runs towards home on a grounder. Ugh.

  63. Doug Hyde

    That was horrible base running by BP, not another year of his base-running

  64. eric nyc

    And terrible base running bites us again…That could be the game…

  65. hof13

    I hope the bad feeling I’m getting is indigestion and not a premonition about a DP coming up.

  66. eric nyc

    Everything about the offensive performance today has been atrocious. Frazier legging out that infield hit has been the only remotely bright spot.

  67. Eric the Red

    Disappointing base running by BP. He clearly should have stayed at 3d. It didn’t look like he broke on contact.

    • VaRedsFan

      that’s the purpose of going on contact. You don’t hedge. There is no in between

      • Steve Schoenbaechler

        That’s just it, there was no reason for him to be going on contact, none at all. The only saving grace I will give BP on that is if he was ordered to go on contact. Can anyone check if he was or not?

      • Shchi Cossack

        Bryan verified in post game comments that Phillips was going on contact.

      • Steve Schoenbaechler

        Why go on contact there? I just don’t understand why? Then, if you do, finish it out. Hey, I’d rather have the rookie first baseman try to make the throw him than just run him down. If the guy missed a catch from 2nd, he could make a bad throw home.

      • Steve Schoenbaechler

        He did hedge. That’s why he stopped.

        As well as, BP just doesn’t have any kind of breaking speed anymore. I’d break Hamilton on contact, maybe. But not BP.

  68. BA

    How do the Cards have 3 errors and they’ve amounted to ZERO Reds runs?

  69. bhrubin1

    Reds offense is trying so hard to lose this game and the Cardinals defense is like…NOPE!

    • Pete Rose

      Because its the same old team. Hang on Reds fans, I am feeling a gurggle in my stomach… just indigestion at watching poor, poor play again. New season same squat.

  70. eric nyc

    This is going to be a loooooooong season…

  71. eric nyc

    If I’m Bryan Price, no one gets the day off tomorrow. Bright and early and get ready to run.

  72. BA

    I’ve seen little league teams score runs when given 5 outs in an inning. Walt better get on the horn for some offense, post-haste.

  73. Kurt Frost

    Well glad to see they are in mid season form.

  74. eric nyc

    Nice to hear the Reds announcers just gushing over Molina since there is literally nothing positive to say about the Reds.

    • eric nyc

      God, now they’re apologizing for Molina’s role in the brawl…Shut up Thom.

    • BA

      He’s been about the only thing (outside of the two starting pitchers) worth gushing about in this game.

  75. BA

    Well that’s depressing. Could be the first time in 60 years that we’re shut out on Opening Day…

  76. VaRedsFan

    It’s the new bating coach’s fault.

  77. eric nyc

    Glad I went with the monthly MLB.TV subscription this year…

  78. BA

    3 hits. 3 hits in 9 innings ain’t gonna get it done.

  79. Patrick

    Phillips on base 3 times from the 2 hole, 23 pitches.

  80. VaRedsFan

    The credit goes to Card pitching. They are only under .500. Things will get better.

  81. BA

    Outside of Cueto, Frazier, and Phillips’ OBP, there was nothing good to take away from this game. Hamilton 0-4 with 4 Ks, Votto looking awful at the plate, and this team stringing together a grand total of 3 hits while benefiting from 3 errors (2 in ONE INNING) and scoring exactly zero runs. Yeesh.

    • Pete Rose

      Definitely disagree – Cueto was phenomenal – or is the Cards offense just as abominable as the Reds. One bad pitch by Cueto won this game for the Cards today – nothing else from the Cards offense either. If the Reds pitching looks like it did today – then our chances look pretty good this year. Won’t be the Big Red Machine since this club is not built on offense – but pitching and defense can carry teams a long, long way.

  82. ToddAlmighty

    The 8th inning alone made this game Milton worthy.

  83. Steve Schoenbaechler

    Well, I see we bunt just as poor as ever. And, I see we hit RISP as poor as ever. I can understand losing, no problem. But, how didn’t we score 1 run in that 8th inning? Our “best hitters” at bat and on base, what was BP doing breaking before the ball ever left the infield? It didn’t even get 2/3 the distance to the first base bag. If he stays put on Bruce’s “connection”, then he scores, if not Votto as well, on Ludwick’s “would-be” DP ball. I can understand BP is good for a couple of these a season, but when is he going to start using his head? Flash is fine, but I would rather have smart baseball.

    And, I see we still swing as poor as ever. Yes, Wainwright is one of the best. But, in that case, you “take what he is giving you”. As in, if the ball is outside, drive it the other way. I was still seeing us trying to pull those balls way too much.

    I don’t think Hamilton has seen any of the curveballs of Wainwright’s in the minors. Welcome to the big leagues, kid. Just remember, that guy is one of the best, not the norm up here. But, that is going to be something you need to prep for. As soon as the book gets out on you, you don’t want to be dead meat.

    • Steve Schoenbaechler

      What I’m going to try to remember is Wainwright is one of the best in the game. He’s going to do this to a lot of teams, just like he’s always has.

      And, like I said last season and the season before, good teams don’t wait for the other team to make mistakes. Good teams take the opportunities. Like the opportunities we had to score, good teams take advantage of them, not wait for the other team to make the mistake. Like I stated, take what Wainwright was giving you. For example, if it’s outside, drive the ball the other way. You aren’t going to beat Wainwright on his mistakes; he makes few if any. You are going to beat him by going with his pitches. Just like with Glavine; he use to pitch so much outside it was ridiculous. And, the players just kept on trying to pull the ball, all the way to a HOF career for him.

  84. RedsfanPa

    Yes, very tough to watch our hitters today. I’m afraid this will be an all too common theme with this anemic line up. Good teams find a way to scratch home runs. Hitting with RISP, and blunders on the bases quickly reared its ugly head on opening day. Let’s hope they can turn it around. Go Reds!