2017 Reds

Reds vs. Giants – May 7, 2017

Football teams traditionally schedule their Homecoming games in October or November. Johnny Cueto’s Cincinnati Homecomings have an early-May pattern.

In 2016, his first full year away from the Reds, he pitched at Great American Ball Park for the Giants on May 3. A year and four days later, it’s time for round number two.

Probably the Reds’ best starting pitcher in a generation will take the mound for the visitors today, and the home team would gladly accept a performance from him similar to last year’s, when he gave up six runs in five innings. Unfortunately, Reds relievers J.C. Ramirez and Ben Hayes coughed up the lead and the home team fell, 9-6.

There will be some nostalgic thoughts and moments today, but they will be fleeting. It’s May 7, and the home team is tied for first place in the division. Optimism abounds in Reds Country and Redleg Nation. We appreciate Johnny Cueto for the scores of entertaining moments he gave us over seven and a half years. But today, the home team and its supporters are focused more on staying in first place than sentimentality, and hoping for a third straight day of this:

and this:

Starting Pitchers

Name IP ERA xFIP K% BB%
Johnny Cueto 37 4.86 4.09 18.8% 6.9%
Scott Feldman 31.2 4.83 4.37 20.3% 11.3%

Cueto’s numbers, other than won-loss record, are not all that dissimilar from Scott Feldman’s. Over six starts, we’ve learned that you just never know what you’re going to get with Feldman. His early start at St. Louis looked borderline dominant. Since then, not so much.

Bullpen

Like Saturday, It should be all hands on deck, with the exception of Robert Stephenson after three impressive innings yesterday. For the first time perhaps since Opening Day, the late-inning core of the bullpen appears well-rested. Should Feldman struggle early, it would not be a shock to see Michael Lorenzen, Wandy Peralta and-or Raisel Iglesias for multiple innings each if the Reds are tied or protecting a lead.

Starting Lineups

Giants Reds
2B Joe Panik CF Billy Hamilton
1B Brandon Belt SS Zack Cozart
RF Hunter Pence 1B Joey Votto
C Buster Posey 3B Eugenio Suarez
3B Conor Gillaspie RF Scott Schebler
SS Christian Arroyo LF Scooter Gennett
LF Eduardo Nunez 2B Jose Peraza
CF Gorkys Hernandez C Tucker Barnhart
P Johnny Cueto P Scott Feldman

News and Notes

Nick Senzel is getting hot at Class A Daytona:

106 thoughts on “Reds vs. Giants – May 7, 2017

  1. And Feldman comes back out … rare in MLB any day … more so for our Reds. Ted Power has to be very happy to give all his guys the day off if Scott can hold up for 3 outs.

    • I’m actually worried about the bullpen getting rusty now. I know it’s a long season and bullpen use can be feast or famine for stretches, but they were going pretty good. Hope they don’t lose their edge.

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