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 news: If 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:
Billy HamiltonRoger Bernadina CF
- Brandon Phillips 2B
- Joey Votto 1B
- Jay Bruce RF
- Ryan Ludwick LF
- Todd Frazier 3B
- Zack Cozart SS
- Tucker Barnhart C
- Johnny Cueto SP