The Reds (1-3) send Johnny Cueto to the mound against the Mets for the 1:10 start this afternoon. You can read about the Mets and the probable pitching match-ups this series in Greg’s excellent series preview.

Other newsIf it makes you feel better, the Cardinals got drilled by the Pirates last night. Bryan Price says Sam LeCure is healthy (Mark Sheldon). Even though he hasn’t pitched yet, LeCure has warmed up in all four games. Billy Hamilton’s failed stolen base attempt last night was caused in part by the weather and partly by Mets pitcher Kyle Farnsworth’s ultra-quick move to first base (John Fay). Devin Mesoraco, who began the season on the DL with a strained oblique muscle, has been healthy in his rehab starts at Pensacola. The catcher will join the Reds Sunday night in St. Louis and play in the Cardinals series that begins Monday (Sheldon). Jay Bruce did it with the bat and glove last night (videos). Enjoy the mix of boos and Bruuuuuce after the homer. 

Update: Great News!: OMGreds tweets a picture of Aroldis Chapman tossing at GABP today.

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Weather: The game time weather forecast calls for 50º with partly cloudy skies and – hallalujah! –  zero percent chance of precipitation. 

Lineup: Cueto makes his second start of the season, after pitching exceptionally well against the Cardinals on Opening Day. Billy Hamilton and Zack Cozart return to the lineup after a day off. Tucker Barnhart gets his second start behind the plate. Brayan Peña, who got on base three times last night and robbed of an extra base hit one other at bat, gets the day off. Peña is presumably available to pinch hit, with Neftali Soto an option as the emergency catcher. [Update: Billy Hamilton is scratched due to a jammed finger he suffered during his head-first slide last night. Roger Bernadina takes his place in CF and in the lineup.]

Here’s Bryan Price’s batting order to face Mets RHP Dillon Gee:

  1. Billy Hamilton Roger Bernadina 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. Tucker Barnhart C
  9. Johnny Cueto SP

Go Reds!

Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.

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  1. Reds getting it going today. First game thread of the year for me. Billy also finds his mojo starting today for the guys that are ready to bail after a scant 3 games. All I know is the guy was money in September and in ST. I don’t see anything that tells me he can’t do the job,; let’s give him at least 1 more game (sarc).

  2. Billy Hamilton is a scratch with a jammed finger. I hate guys sliding in head first for that very reason.
    Bernadina is in CF and leading off.

    It would be nice to get a hit or 2 from the SS position.

    • Scratch my second point. Reds should still beat the Mighty Mets w/o BH.

  3. Are there any available options better than Tucker Barnhart on the waiver wire??? .696 OPS in AA last year? Runs are surely precious treasures, at the moment, but 3 should do the job. Hopefully Joey, Jay & Todd can carry the team for a little while.

    • Mesoraco will join the team Sunday, per note above. This will likely be Barnhart’s last start for now. Adding another catcher = another 40-man roster cut.

  4. Some good news – Aroldis Chapman is long-tossing at GABP right now. Picture, provided by OMGreds via Twitter.Chapman long-toss at GABP.

  5. Mets lineup similar to last night’s:

    1. Eric Young (S) LF
    2. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
    3. David Wright (R) 3B
    4. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
    5. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
    6. Juan Lagares (R) CF
    7. Anthony Recker (R) C
    8. Ruben Tejada (R) SS
    9. Dillon Gee (R) P

  6. The game last night was pretty brutal. Miserable conditions. The weather is much better today.

  7. It was also the first time I’d been to a game that the lost in years. I lost my magic. I thought they were going to pull it out with Votto and Bruce coming up. Joey should’ve laid off the first pitch and Jay should’ve hit his 450 feet.

  8. FSO had a closeup of Billy Hamilton’s finger – didn’t look great. Hate the head first slide.

  9. Broxton may be back for some of the Cardinals series next week.

  10. Average number of pitches that Ludwick sees per at bat…..pretty close to 1

  11. Tucker Barnhart’s first major league hit!

  12. bunt fail…..fundamentals

    • I wish folks would quit thinking laying down a perfect bunt is “fundamental.” With slow catchers running, we’re going to see this a majority of the time. You can either take a 10% chance for a pitcher to get a hit, or you can take a 50/50 chance that he’ll get the bunt down and it’ll be good enough to get the runner to 2nd while giving up an out.

      Pitchers hitting is stupid. Bring on the DH!

      • You don’t think bunting is a fundamental that can be properly taught, practiced, and learned enough to more than 50% effective? I beg to differ. Cueto has normally been money when bunting. He appears to to stabbing in his attempts this year.

  13. 7 pitch inning for Cueto…nice

  14. It is a crime against humanity to have a talent like Votto and hamstring him by batting terrible players in front of him year after year.

    • Hamilton produces or else Heisey has to take over CF. This isn’t Dusty running the show. That or drop Hamilton to the bottom of the order. Of course, if you do that what is the point other than his ability to cover ground in CF?

  15. Luddy!!! bomb

    • amazingly…he took a few pitches before finding one to drive. Cool concept!

  16. Take two pitches……nice. Hammer one in the zone…great!

  17. hit #2 for TB….clears the pitcher

  18. LUDDY!!!!!….sorry guys, late to the party. Listening via Marty and the Cowboy today. Good to see Tucker get a couple of knocks and getting the lineup turned over.

  19. New batting coach, same old Reds hitters……good grief are they a pain to watch sometimes………I would love to see a timely two out hit, please.

    • Well, we did get two out hits from our 8 and 9 spots, but your point is taken.

      • Should have clarified…….a two out hit with runners in scoring position.

        • uh-oh. Did you just say “runners in scoring position” here? Step away sloooowly……

  20. Tucker Barnhart gives up his first hit of the game. Bruce misplays a little into a double.

  21. 67 pitches and he just gave up his first hit. Cueto is looking like Cueto.

  22. Well, at least we have a true #1 starter.

  23. anyone know how I can edit my screen name? Everytime I try on wordpress login it keeps just switching back. I just want to be ‘preach’ again.

  24. Great pitch by Cueto to get Young. Cowboy: “I think he (Young) was lookin’ for a cab.”

  25. Good job Johnny.

    • I cost JC the no no. Mentioned after 4 that there were a lot of o’s on the scoreboard.

  26. Marty just said this is the first time since ’43 the team has started with this many one run games.

    • I wish I knew the answer to your question about the Word Press screen name. I’d recommend you try their help function and if you get a good answer, share it with everyone. I’m sure there are others who would do the same things.

  27. Cueto at 73 pitches through 5.

  28. I smell another one run game………win or lose.

  29. Middle of the plate and up to Granderson on a cutter that didn’t cut. Cueto pays for his mistake. Same pitch that Molina hit on Opening Day according to Brantley.

  30. Nice hustle Chris.

  31. Way to hustle Heisey, we’ll take that double.

  32. C’mon BP you can doooo it.

  33. BP needs to step up here.

  34. BP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. BP!!!!!!!!!!

  36. Way to go BP!

  37. One batter too many for Gee. Nice to see it go our way for once.

  38. Yes! Yes! Yes! 2 run HR for BP. I knew you could doooo it. Go Reds!

  39. Big HR there Need to win this game now

  40. Nice to see Ludwick and BP have a decent game so far.

    • You bet. We need both these guys to produce and it is great to see them do so.

  41. Like it, Sam to face the middle of the Mets order instead of holding him until the 9th.

  42. LeCure for the eighth and ninth?

  43. Just had an old timer sit down next to me at “Shea”. Remembers watching Johnny Vandemeer (sp?) as a kid. Also remembered the last time he saw the Reds in person. Said it was 1993, a 5-1 victory in the 49th game of the season. What a pip; quite an enjoyable conversation.

  44. Nice change to end the inning Sam

  45. Nice job Sam.

  46. Good job by LeCure. Only 11 pitches so maybe another inning?

  47. LeNice!

  48. Hoover warming up.

  49. 25,424 showed up for today’s titanic struggle, 25,424

  50. I’d like to see the Reds take some pitches here in the 9th

  51. Marty and Cowboy are saying safe at 2nd. Guess we’ll see.

  52. safe or out. Votto made the wrong decision.

    • just horrible by Votto. They need to make it mandatory for him not to throw to 2nd on bunts

  53. another weak play in clutch situation for Votto

  54. I’m confused. I thought Lecure was being saved for a save? Then he takes him out in the 9th? This guy is Dusty Baker lite.

  55. salami

  56. Okay, that one hurt.

  57. Horrible.

  58. UNBELIEVABLE. How Sam Lecure doesn’t pitch the 9th is beyond me.

  59. Cannot walk the leadoff guy in the ninth in a one run game. I am shocked Price didn’t leave LeCure in the game there. It will be interesting to hear his explanation. Turned out it wasn’t a one run game after all.

  60. At least we didn’t lose by 1 run.

  61. FIRE PRICE!

    Wait, too soon?

  62. Not an impressive showing of baseball management by Price through 5 games.

  63. Unbelievable, unbelievable, unbelievable. My summery of how this game ended. Mets win the game with a pinch hit grand slam in the 9th.

  64. Not impressed with Price’s managing so far. Dusty Baker would be getting seriously berated on the interwebs right now if he handled the bullpen as Price does.

    • Well Dusty was terrible for 6 years, I think we have to give Price more than 5 games.

  65. Brian Price might not last as long as Tony Perez

  66. why does this remind me of last year –
    Votto fielding decisions and/or errors
    manager w/ bad pitching decisions.

    1-4 … it’s early but our team just looks like a mediocre team .. not a playoff team.
    came back from Korea to rout for my Reds, and this is not a good start.

  67. Reds run total excluding HRs: 2 in 45 innings.

  68. was the Bernadina sac bunt challenged or was it too late in game? was he safe?

  69. Put me on the “shocked that LeCure didn’t pitch the 9th” list. Embarrassing performance by Hoover. Walks the lead off man then can’t even take the free out the Mets were offering. Dang.

  70. for the many here that think anyone can close….get well soon Chapman.

    • Couldn’t agree more. We have heard a lot in the past about how Hoover could / should close so we could use Chapman in other situations. Looks like it might be a tougher job than some thing.

      Get well soon Chappy

  71. Nothing to do now but regroup and come out battling tomorrow. Go Reds! Adios Amigos.

  72. well, same old Reds …. wait, of course it is… we didn’t make any offseason moves to make the team better.

    1. managerial quesitions (Price has never been a manager so give hime time?)
    2. Votto fielding (nothing changed from last year)
    3. offense production across the entire line up (other than 2 HRs, just not a lot out there…).

    maybe it will be another long long season

  73. Bad decision by Votto
    Hoover was all over the place
    Sam should have pitched the 9 th

    • Yes yes and yes. And Votto has made that particular bad decision way too many times, trying to get the lead runner (in this case a fast one) on a sac bunt when he doesn’t have time to set himself and make a good throw.

  74. BRING BACK DUSTY!

    ….. No one is actually thinking that, are they?

  75. This bullpen scares me more than anything else. Can’t believe I just said that.

  76. I think the lack of things being accomplished this off season is going to lead to a very disappointing season. Bryan Price has not followed on any of his word about “throwing the book” out, and the use of the bullpen reminds me too much of Dusty Baker. The accountability doesn’t seem to be there yet as the team is making the same mistakes game in and game out, nor does it look like any adjustments are being made.

    It’s early in the season, a lot of baseball to play – but the way this team is playing, they don’t look like a team destined to win more than 70 games.

  77. Grand slam – game over. It happens. An upgrade of the offense has been the Reds main problem for the last couple of seasons, and nothing was done in the off-season to fix it.

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About Steve Mancuso

Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky's Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve's thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.

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