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 Responses

  1. CI3J

    That’s encouraging news about Senzel, but I’d really like him to show some more power. Only 1 HR on the season, .114 ISO. That’s not going to cut it. He’s 22, so still plenty of time to bulk up and get stronger, but unless he goes bonkers this summer, doubt we’ll see a September callup.

    • Indy Red Man

      I don’t think they’re considering him for this year anyway?

      Lets get the sweep!! Cueto doesn’t scare me….they just need Feldman to keep the ball down and quit walking people!

  2. vegastypo

    With every hit/RBI/run scored for Eugenio, I want to yell, thank you Alfredo and thank you Dombrowski !!!!

    • CI3J

      It’s quickly becoming this generation’s Brandon Phillips trade.

  3. james garrett

    Lets hope Feldman steps up today.He needs to throw strikes and lets sweep these guys.

  4. james garrett

    Eugenio is just a good player period.He can hit and now he is catching everything hit his way.

  5. mwvohio

    We have had some great smaller trades the last few years. Lots of something for nothing that really breaks our way in the long run. Everyone likes to talk about the big sexy trades (Chapman) but the current team shows that even the smaller ones (Leake, Frazier, Simon, etc.) can have a huge impact a few years down the road.

  6. vegastypo

    I started to say this last night, but held off. I’ll say it now. This has become Billy Hamilton’t world, and he’s just letting us live here.

    • mwvohio

      It’s like he’s Bizzaro Bruce sometimes. Blazing hot for a bit and then ice cold. At the plate at least; Bruce’s defense and base running left a bit to be desired in comparison.

  7. james garrett

    Cueto with a 10 pitch inning.Why would our pitcher swing at the first pitch?Johnny threw 29 in the first inning so let’s show a little patience and get him out of the game

  8. Indy Red Man

    Funny how fast things can turn! We were down 4-0 to the Cards last Sunday and had left a ton of guys on base and already lost 8 of 11 or something….it looked grim and now they look like a dangerous team! The offense is firing and their defense is solid! Their pen is good if only the ragtag rotation can hold on for a while? It would really mean alot if they could go out and get a pitcher from someone that needs prospects. The Angels have the lowest rated farm system in mlb (can we have JC Ramirez back please?). The Padres have Trevor Cahill and he’s decent….better then Feldman & Arroyo! This team has speed and a pretty decent bench….they’re not that far away if they could get a little help! They’re not going to make it with Feldman, Rookie, Adleman, and Arroyo!

    • mwvohio

      Even if we’re 10 games up on the cubs at the break I don’t think I’d want them to trade prospects for a rental. The idea here is to create a sustained window and I wouldn’t want to gamble that on a year with an inconsistent team. The temptation would be strong though I’m sure for the front office.

      • Indy Red Man

        It doesn’t have to be a rental and not all your prospects end up making it anyway? Look at Ramirez….they didn’t have room for him and he’s functioning ok in the AL…far better then Reed & Bob Steve. I’m not saying make a huge deal for our top 10 guys but Trevor Cahill is 29 and wouldn’t cost that much.

  9. Jack

    Quick pitch schebler and it backfired. Schebler can turn on that fastball.

  10. james garrett

    I agree INDY but I don’t expect we will be buying but rather selling at the break.It could make a difference if we knew we could count on Homer and Disco this year.

    • mwvohio

      Before the season I thought for sure they’d sell on Cozart but now I’m starting to really wonder.

      • Jack

        No way they trade Cozart. Move him and put Peraza there does not improve your ball club. They don’t know if Herrera can hit at this level. Why move a guy who is All star caliber player (should have been last year). Peraza hasnt impressed anybody yet.

    • Indy Red Man

      Who do they have left to sell other than Cozart? Feldman won’t bring much and I don’t see how we can move Cozart with the way he’s now taking pitches and hitting the ball? They could move him if they really like the return….move Peraza to SS and platoon Scooter/Herrera for a while but they have good chemistry currently w/Cozart so why screw it up?

  11. james garrett

    Duval and Schebler are strong and can hit em a long way.

  12. vegastypo

    I have video but using radio announcers. On that bat that went into the stands, did the people get pine tar all over themselves?

    • msanmoore

      Yes – that’s exactly what happened. Only way to get it off is rubbing alcohol.

      • vegastypo

        Ha, and THAT is why the ball stuck to Yadier Molina’s chest protector. Funny how that story went away so quickly. …

  13. msanmoore

    Cueto really doesn’t look super sharp today …

  14. CI3J

    If Peraza is just going to approach every AB as “swing at anything that doesn’t bounce”, I really wish he’d take the Juan Pierre approach to batting. That is, choke up on the bat and use quick, choppy swings. With his speed, he could have some success with that approach, and, like Pierre, he seems allergic to taking walks.

    • msanmoore

      He still thinks he’s in his hitting streak and semi-invincible.

  15. msanmoore

    OK, at least we roll over the line up this inning.

  16. james garrett

    I just wonder if anybody is talking to him about swinging at everything?He has always done it and pitchers know it so why throw it close?

  17. Indy Red Man

    I hope Price has the pen ready because Feldman is not much different then Arroyo. The pen should be rested and ready to go! Don’t blow Feldman blow a 3 run lead! We need this one with the Yankees coming in for 2.

    • Indy Red Man

      Don’t let Feldman blow a 3 run lead

      • CI3J

        He’s still doing alright. I’d let him go through their lineup one more time then turn it over to the ‘pen.

  18. james garrett

    This is the inning you really have to watch him because he can go south in a hurry.

  19. Preach

    Ok, Feldman in the 5th. Short leash, please.

    • Preach

      I see we all types that at the same time.

  20. james garrett

    Great minds think a like I guess.Of course its because we have seen this movie before.He has only given up 2 hits in 5 innings but he is what the back of his card says he is.

    • msanmoore

      True … but perhaps today he’s what we are seeing. That’s what I’m hoping for … just for today.

  21. msanmoore

    For those not watching the TV feed, Jim Day is chatting with Pete … the topic is, you may guess, Billy. Very entertaining. Pete is bullish on Billy.

    • msanmoore

      He’s concerned with the bullpen being overworked … as Billy takes a walk.

    • msanmoore

      And he’s offering to bet Daly about Billy swiping 2nd.

    • mdhabel

      Listening to that was so cool. I don’t care what you think about Pete, when he talks baseball, there is nobody better

      • Preach

        “How many more hits would you have had if you had Billy’s speed?”

        “It wouldn’t have been fair.”

  22. Jack

    Rose cracks me up. He wants to bet on billy bad. Lol

  23. msanmoore

    Induce the balk … got to love it. Pete called it on the pitch prior. Here comes the challenge.

  24. Tom Mitsoff

    Perhaps the line of the year … Pete Rose, talking to Jim Day: “Wanna bet that Billy (Hamilton) steals second?” Oy vay!

  25. CI3J

    That Cozart HR hurts after Billy erased himself on the basepaths.

  26. msanmoore

    Off the facade on the 2nd level … too bad Billy was doing what Billy does.

  27. msanmoore

    Love Pete’s commentary on Joey … it would appear he gets it even if others don’t.

      • msanmoore

        He at least doesn’t look completely lost like Cain and Blach did.

  28. Preach

    That play was a move of…….Panic!!!!

  29. Preach

    I hope they are taking this opportunity to get someone stretched out on the pen

  30. Indy Red Man

    Home plate is in the shadows now….maybe Feldman can take advantage?

  31. msanmoore

    Dancing all around the service time reason for Garrett … it’s #3 on the list after off days and limiting him to less than 190 innings.

    • msanmoore

      Thom is actually explaining it well regarding the 17 days they need him in the minors.

  32. Indy Red Man

    They’re doing a great job of limiting Lorenzen’s innings too….he won’t get 190 in 2 seasons while they’re wasting an elite arm!

    • msanmoore

      He is at that. Love to see one more out of him.

    • CI3J

      Hopefully he keeps going like this and the Reds can flip him for a low level prospect at the deadline.

  33. Preach

    Peraza was around second before that was caught. He might have been robbed of an inside the park HR.

  34. reds82

    I haven’t been able to watch the game. Did Johnny get a nice round of applause as lineups were being announced?? I hope so.

  35. reds82

    I haven’t been able to watch the game. Did Johnny get a nice round of applause as lineups were being announced?? I hope so.

    • mwvohio

      Not sure, I’m watching the Cavs close out the Raptors right now then I’ll flip over to the Reds.

  36. Preach

    The Giants are not even getting good swings on Feldman right now. Run him back out?

  37. vegastypo

    Geez, would they try to get one MORE inning out of this guy? That last inning looked too easy. ….

  38. hof13

    I hope there is someone warming up. One person gets on base – pull him.

  39. Preach

    Feldman is just snapping off that breaking ball. He’s painting the outside corner, and when he is missing, it’s low.

    • msanmoore

      They are NASTY looking in the mid-70’s.

    • msanmoore

      First SP to pitch at all in the 8th inning.

  40. CI3J

    Will we see Iggy in the 9th? Or let Fledman try for the CG SO?

    • msanmoore

      I think it’s a batter by batter decision. Feldman gets his shot but one runner and he’s out.

  41. msanmoore

    Law looks a bit like Adam Sandler

  42. Preach

    If the Reds play add on, it makes the decision easier

  43. msanmoore

    Day says he thinks Feldman pitches in the 9th.

    • vegastypo

      I thought they just showed him leaving the dugout toward the clubhouse. Maybe that was not the end of his day.

      • msanmoore

        He’s been down the tunnel and back again. Nobody has seen “the handshake” yet.

  44. msanmoore

    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.

    • CI3J

      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.

    • msanmoore

      Yessir he is … after a full 9 innings. How much did we bet again?

  45. Earl Nash

    Well this was a good week to be a Reds fan. Feldman pitched a heck of a game.