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:
— Cam Miller Films (@cammillerfilms) May 7, 2017
The #Reds as a team are hitting .317/.398/.543 and have scored 45 runs in 6 games in May.
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) May 7, 2017
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.
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.
|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:
#Reds highest-ranked prospect Nick Senzel has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, going 17-47 (.362) with 5 doubles and 4 BB (.412 OBP)
— Dan Hoard (@Dan_Hoard) May 7, 2017