The Short Version: Homer Bailey was very good, and so was Scooter Gennett, but the Reds can’t put together any offense against Max Scherzer and the Nationals bullpen in a 2-0 loss.

Final R H E
Washington Nationals (1-0) 2 6 0
Cincinnati Reds (0-1) 0 7 0
W: Scherzer (0-1) L: Bailey (0-1) S: Doolittle (1)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Outstanding performance by Homer Bailey today, making his first Opening Day start: six innings pitched, one run allowed on four hits, three strikeouts, three walks, 104 pitches. The only run he permitted was not his fault at all (see below). His velocity was a little below what we’re accustomed to (thanks to the cold weather, perhaps?), but he was in command nearly all day and it was a very encouraging performance.

In the sixth, Bailey was tiring, but battling. It was the first legitimately tense moment in the 2018 Cincinnati Reds season. Anthony Rendon singled and Bryce Harper walked to lead off the inning. Homer then struck out the next two hitters, before walking Trea Turner. Bases loaded, two outs, 1-0 score; the Nats had a chance to break the game open. Michael Taylor worked the count full, fouled a pitch off, then lifted a fly ball to left-center field. Billy Hamilton and Jesse Winker converged and Winker refused to give way for some reason. The two collided, but Winker caught the ball for out number three.

–Scooter Gennett was 4-4 with a double and three singles. Last Reds hitter to collect four hits on Opening Day was Ramon Hernandez back in 2011. (I was there, and it was just glorious.)

–Amir Garrett pitched an inning in relief. He walked the first hitter he faced, but struck out two of the next three and looked very good in the process.

–Scott Schebler got a hit and a stolen base. That’s something, I guess.

The Bad
–Other than Scooter, the Reds only had three other hits, and one of those was off the bat of Bailey.

–In the first inning, with a runner on and one out, Bryce Harper hit a ball up the middle that probably should have been fielded by shortstop Jose Peraza. One batter later, with runners at first and third, Scooter Gennett turned a potential double play into a bad throw (albeit one that Votto should have probably come up with). That gave the Nationals an insurmountable 1-0 lead, thanks primarily to some really shoddy infield defense.

–Leading off, Jesse Winker did draw a walk…but he also struck out three times. Jose Peraza also struck out three times in an 0-4 day.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–The Reds lost, but they only have to go 81-80 the rest of the way to post a .500 season.

–It was the largest regular season crowd in GABP history.

–In the bottom of the fourth, still down 1-0, with two outs, Gennett put together a 10-pitch at-bat against Scherzer that ended with a single. The next hitter, Scott Schebler, saw 9 pitches, fouling off multiple 3-2 pitches, before singling, giving the Reds runners at the corners. Tucker Barnhart struck out to end the inning, but it was nice to see the Reds make Scherzer work. Especially since the big Nationals star had just struck out seven straight Reds in the previous three innings.

–Kevin Quackenbush (0.2 IP, no runs allowed on one hit) and Jared Hughes (1 IP, 1 hit, 1 run) made their Reds debuts today.

–Lots of positives to take from today’s game, but here’s the biggest one: Reds baseball is back. Trust me, this is a good thing.

–Luis Castillo pitches tomorrow!

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90 Responses

  1. Darrin

    Everybody was chasing the high fastball today

    • Dave Roemerman

      Amen. Scherzer has a low arm angle and his ball drops less than most so it’s a pretty regular occurrence with him out there. See all the strikeouts he gets every year. *shrug*

  2. james garrett

    Not going to score if the 6-9 hitters go 1 for 16 with 9 punchouts.Ervin did walk as a pinch hitter.Homer was good against a team with 8 major league hitters and we will take his performance today all day and every day.

    • scotly50

      I would think the top three, Winker, Suarez, and Votto, going 1-11, with 4 SO’s ahead of Gennett likely had a greater impact.

  3. Old-school

    Got beat by a better team and a hall of fame pitcher….. proud of the redlegs homer Bailey . Competed hard and Bryan Price managed well. Lace em up tomorrow.

  4. BigRedMike

    Good start for Homer, the lack of strike outs might catch up with him, but, he had two big strike outs when needed.

  5. Jeff Gangloff

    Homer’s start was the most important thing of the day. It was even more important than getting the W, imo. Nice start by Homer and very encouraging going forward.

    • Chad Dotson

      I’d like to have the win. But yeah, very encouraging start from Homer. Glad to have him healthy.

    • scottya

      Hoping Homer has a surprise + season.

  6. turbobuckeye

    I think any Reds fan will be happy with the pitching we got today. When you run into a buzzsaw you just have to tip your cap.

  7. kmartin

    I am not too worried about Homer’s fastball. In the sixth inning, after throwing a lot of pitches, he still hit 94 on several pitches to Turner and Taylor. I think he will get stronger as the season progresses.

    • Shchi Cossack

      Agreed. When Homer needs a big strikeout, I think he has the ability to step up and get one. Not as effectively as Cueto, but Cueto had an elite ability to reach back and blow a hitter away when he needed a clutch strikeout. I like this version of Homer, a pitcher who pitched efficiently and effectively, pounding the strike zone and using his defense superbly. He just needs a defense to support him in that venture.

  8. Shchi Cossack

    Bryan Price had six outstanding innings of managing the Reds, truly outstanding. The starting lineup he fielded was brilliant even though the results, against arguably the best pitcher in the NL, were less than desired. Bailey pitched a brilliant game, matching Schetzer for six innings. He pounded the strike One for 5 innings before he started fading in the 6th. Price rode his starting pitcher through the nail-biting 6th innings and the results were encouraging. Then Price had to actually start managing the game.

    With the pitcher due up 2nd in the 7th inning, Price brought in Amir Garrett to pitch the 7th inning. Garrett is a starting pitcher, one of the top starting pitchers available to the Reds. He pitched an outstanding spring training, but Price opted to relegate Garrett to the bullpen after his pre-spring training assessment that Garrett would not be a top contender competing for the starting rotation. I thought the decision to bring Garrett into the game in the 7th inning, after pulling Bailey with the Reds trailing by just a run, was brilliantoutstanding. He was startins pitcher entering the game at the beginning of the inning and he was more than capable of pitching 3 innings without even blinking. If the Reds could srounge out a run, he could take the team into extra innings. If the Reds could scrounge out 2 runs, he could take the team home with a victory on opening day. The problem was that Price inserted Garrett into the game with the knowledge (I’m being generous here) that the pitcher was due up 2nd in the bottom of the inning and Price intended to pull Garrett after just one inning rather than allow his starting pitcher releagted to the bullpen, who was stretched out to start, to pitch multiple innings whenthe bullpen had multiple key relief pitchers unavailable. A simple double switch keeps Garrett in the game for three innings and takes the team through the bottom of the 9th inning, but double switches and Bryan Price do not work well together in the same sentence, not to mention a baseball game. Tucker the last hitter in the 6th inning. Schebler was the 2nd to last out in the 6th inning. Either player had a natural double swith parter waiting to come off the bench defensively in the top of the 7th inning and hit in the bottom of 7th inning.

    Would that have made a differnce in the outcome of the game? No way of knowing, but not putting the players in the best situation to succeed is the job of the manager and Price failed…miserably. We do know that Garrett had a dominant performance after the anticipated walk to the first hitter for a starting pitcher coming into the game as a reliever. We also know that the relievers brought in after Garrett gave up an insurance run that pretty much sealed the game outcome. From the Old Cossack’s perspective (for whatever that’s worth), Price gave up all the good will his starting lineup created and simply demonstrated that he has not learned and has not changed as he simply lacks the ability to manage a baseball game at any level.

    • redsfan06

      Cossack, I have given up long ago on Price’s ability to manage a team effectively. I figure this year is just one more losing season. But one in which the picture starts to come into focus for the pitching staff, and maybe 2b, SS & CF. I have confidence in Reds management to hire a different manager once the team becomes competitive.

    • RedsFanInFL

      Totally agree with your assessment. I have always felt that the Reds this year could have 1 or 2 relievers who could be starters in waiting and used as “long” relievers pitching 2-4 innings per outing as the situation dictates

    • Chad Dotson

      I meant to mention the lack of a double switch in the Recap above. It was definitely a tactical mistake, IMO. Not sure I’d draw as many conclusions about Price as you did, but I get it, definitely.

      • Eric the Red

        Except Price has made clear that he’s desperate for LH pitchers in the bullpen because of all of the LH batters for the Nats and Cubs. If you throw Garrett for two or three innings today, he’s not available much in the next 4 games. I’m not saying I agree–I’d start Reed and Garrett and I don’t care if we have a LH pitcher in the bullpen–but with PriceLogic(tm) there’s no way he’d pitch Garrett multiple innings.

        Frankly, I’m not sure whether or not to root for Garrett when he comes out of the pen in the next few days. And seeing Ryan Madson brought up some very painful memories….

      • Shchi Cossack

        Seeing Madson on the mound pitching against the Reds did feel like a knife in the gut.

    • Old-school

      Cossack- I would offer another suggestion why no double switch and it’s very revealing and disappointing. In the short term , pitching Garrett 3 innings ( which I support) would have burned him for the rest of the series. In price mind, he then only has 1 lefty left for the remainder of this series from the bullpen – Peralta- and he wants Garrett for Sunday.
      The longer term view is Price and the Reds are removing Garrett as a SP this year. He is a reliever( uggghh). Brandon Finnegan is getting the 5 th spot….Cody Reed got the emergency start and Robert Stephenson is in line after that. Garrett only has 1 option left???? The only way he becomes a starter is they use that option to send him back to AAA to get his innings built up or they use him regularly out of the bullpen to throw 3-4 innings every 3-5 days. The first opportunity to do that …….it didn’t happen and that is a tell on his bullpen role.

      The longer he goes pitching 1 inning stints, the more impossible it becomes for him to start. Had he thrown 3 innings and 47 pitches you are still keeping his role flexible. He would need to pitch a 3-4 inning stint in the next week to keep his arm ready as a SP.
      I suppose if Reed has another implosion against the Cubs, Garrett could get long relief then but Jackson Stephens would appear to be the mop up guy.

      Amir Garrett appears to be in the bullpen in 2018 unless something drastic happens.

  9. Shchi Cossack

    Scooter can hit against any RHP. His career results prove it and his performance today proves it. Scotters defense at 2B lacks the edge needed for any average hiteer playing 2B, but againsrt a RHP, Scotters offense will more than compensate for his defense. Scooter is not a weak link in the lineup. Goodness, 4 hits in 4 PA against the Cy Young winner in the NL, who was pitching at his best, was more than impressive. Scooter doesn need to be traded if he can be extended as a platoon player at 2B. The Reds need to line up a platoon partner for Scooter and neither Gosselin nor Pennington fit the bill.

    • Dave Roemerman

      Agreed. Couple that with Long/Blandino and I’m stumped as to why Senzel isn’t playing SS in AAA…

  10. Shchi Cossack

    Jesse Winker was 0-3 with 3-K against the NL Cy Young winner pitching at the top of his game. Winker did have 1-BB, a pitch around, but if Hamilton or Peraza was hitting leadoff, no pitched would pitch around them in order to pitch to Suarez. That’s why Winker needs to hit leadoff going forward. If you want Winker to hit effectively against Cy Young winners, he has to play and hit against Cy Young winners.

    • Bill Lack

      Bet that Winker’s on the bench tomorrow….just guessin’.

      • Daytonian

        Winker’s arm came up short on the throw home, the second run for the Nats. As good as he may be, his arm is not an asset.

      • Optimist

        Wasn’t short as bad as it was inaccurate – thought Duvall would have made the play. Same in the 1st – last year’s defense would have held.

        Still – these are nits compared to the positives, especially considering Nat pitching was at peak form.

  11. Jeff Morris

    Looks like same as last year, as far as Peraza and Hamilton are concerned. Peraza still chasing the high fastball, and probably will hit 250 this year, if he’s lucky. Hamilton looks overmatched pretty much everytime he’s at the plate. With those two dead outs, going to be a long season…

  12. Shchi Cossack

    It’s just one game, but the defense at SS and 2B was underwhelming. The relay throw from Scooter to Votto was certainly under duress, but the throw from Suarez to Scooter was perfect. The whiff by Suarez on Harper’s sharp grounder up the middle was inexcusable. The play was on the 1B side of 2B, but from the shift, it was a 2-3 step play for Peraza. A good SS makes that play. After the results from the 2017 season, the 2018 ST and this game, I hope DW is reconsidering his decision regarding Senzel playing 2B rather than SS. Scooter’s offense justifies playing time and starting at 2B against RHP. Peraza’s offense does not justify playing playing time and starting at SS, at least to this point. Peraza should get ample opportunity to prove or disprove himself, but ample time should not be indefinitely.

    • cfd3000

      …whiff by Peraza. You whiffed that one Cossack. But your point is quite valid. That play should have been made. Peraza needs to step up in the field and at the plate. Soon.

    • Bill Lack

      Glad to see this mentioned…on the DP ball, Harper came into 2B “old school”, and that’s a throw Votto catches 85% of the time, he just didn’t this time.

    • greenmtred

      The throw to Votto wasn’t good, but it did hit him in the glove. He should have caught it, and I’d be surprised if he didin’t agree.

  13. Shchi Cossack

    Bailey pitched the game everyone, including Bailey, hoped he would pitch. Six innings, over 100 pitches and left with a 1-0 deficit, that would have been a 0-0 tie game with adequate defense, against arguably one the the best starting pitchers in the NL. Bailey deserved at least a no decision in that game.

  14. Shchi Cossack

    I have no idea what happened on the play between Winker and Hamilton. The talking heads insisted that Winker lost the ball in the sun, but all I saw was Winker calling for the ball early on and repeatedly. The routine play was in LF and was certainly the LF’s play, irrespective of Hamilton’s extraordinary range. Maybe Winker did lose the ball and was calling for help. Maybe Hamilton called the ball after Winker asked for help but Winker failed to hear him. Maybe Hamilton never heard Winker calling for the ball as he was racing across the OF. I think Bailey’s WTF as he walked to the dugout was very telling, but I’m not sure telling of what. I like Bailey fire and competitiveness and I’m glad he’s pitching for the Reds this season.

    • MrRed

      Bailey’s WTF reaction came on the heals of two poorly executed infield defensive plays. I get it, I was saying the same thing too. Looked like the first day of spring training out there.

  15. Aaron Bradley

    Scherzer was throwing at our guys ala Don Drysdale chin music… and we let it go. That is why we got shut down. No one on the team wears a shield like Harper. He thoroughly intimidated Suarez with not one but two pitches at his skull. How is this allowed on our own turf with no retalliation? To me that was the game. But also… Billy… if he is on the bench where he belongs, we bring him in as a pinch runner in the 8th when Votto singles… he takes second, and possibly third either way Scooter drives him in. And btw Scooter… this is the guy half the BBS wants to trade for prospects.. the only guy playing like it counts. I am in a bad mood. To me the season is over already. I know that is an over reaction, but I see it for what it is.

    • Indy Red Man

      Its all about expectations. The Brewers, Cards, and Cubs added enough talent to make half of an All-Star team while we’re down 5 pitchers before the first pitch. If the Reds don’t lose 90 then they won’t be far away….like 74-88 or something. Try to assume they’ll lose every day then you’ll be pleasantly surprised quite often:)

    • lwblogger2

      Were the Reds supposed to knock down Harper? Not sure what you’re saying. Only one pitch to Suarez seemed to be a “purpose pitch” from where I was sitting.

  16. Old-school

    Reds competed and lost. Oh well.
    Castillo against Strasburg.
    Assume Duvall plays LF and bats 5th /6th tomorrow. Assume Schebler plays and bats 5th/6th tomorrow.

    Who plays CF/RF and bats leadoff?Does Price stick with opening day…..or revert to comfort mode . Billy Hamilton has done nothing to say he should leadoff.

    • Shchi Cossack

      Tommorrow’s lineup will be very telling. The same reasoning for today’s lineup exists for tomorrow’s lineup. Sitting Duvall for back-to-back games against tough RHP would be really hard for Price, but sitting Duvall today had to be really hard for Price. To me the issue is who does sit against a tough RHP if Duvall plays. This is going to be an interesting season at the very least.

      • Chad Dotson

        He’s already said that Duvall is playing tomorrow.

      • Old-school

        Yes…. But Billy or Winker.
        It’s Winker again.

  17. Aaron Bradley

    The fastest man in baseball is pretty useless when he can’t get on base. Would be much more useful as a pinch runner. In a one run game today he could have changed momentum off the bench. Management too stubborn to see it for what it is.
    Pragmatism is lacking.

    • Shchi Cossack

      That would have been an interesting game with Hamilton on the bench in a 1-run game game today. I hope this situation gives the powers that be in the Reds front office room to pause. Even more, what is Hamilton and Peraza were both on the bench and available to pinch run as part of a double switch in close games? Both provide immense defensive flexibility in the OF and IF, respectively, and both provide elite and superior speed on the bases, respectively. Mesoraco and Tucker provide one option off the bench as a catching tandem for offensive punch. All the Reds need is somoen to play SS and one more bat off the bench with offensive punch to replace Gosselin and Pennington. Maybe in a couple months…maybe?

    • greenmtred

      Aside from Scooter, nobody was getting on base enough to matter. Another thing that game illustrates is that, contrary to popular opinion, defense still matters in baseball. The fastest man in baseball is not useless at all in center field.

      • MrRed

        Never heard the narrative that the fastest man in baseball (which BH is not) is useless in CF. I liked how they used him today. Bat him 9th and let him cover CF when flanked by Schebler and Winker, neither of which is very good at defense.

  18. Indy Red Man

    Pro’s:

    Homer really battled! I’ve never really been a Homer fan per se, but he never forced them at gunpoint to give him $100 million….maybe at arrow point? I think it was just the expectations that made me expect more then he could produce…but then against expectations are not his fault. I’m going to cut him some slack if his era is under 4.50 this year!

    Nice lineup from Price! It gives me hope that maybe he’s finally seeing what all of us have already known…or maybe he knows he’s dead man walking so why not mix it up. Billy is batting 9th and Schebler played some CF in spring training. Maybe he’ll finally figure it out? No reason why Senzel can’t come up and play SS every day after his mandatory time at AAA. Other teams play all kinds of young kids!!

    Phillip Ervin…nice at-bat in the 9th. He came off the bench cold and hit a screaming liner foul to left and then battled for a walk. If Winker and/or Schebler struggled against lefties then he should be starting. Billy can’t hit lefties.

    Cons:

    Duh….Billy and Peraza. I give Peraza about 60% of the blame for that first run. It really wasn’t that difficult to stop the ball and keep the lead runner at 2nd. He does that and the guy doesn’t score.

    As for Billy…the Padres manager was down 1 bottom 9 yesterday and pinch ran from 1st with 1 out. The guy stole 2nd and scored on a 2 out single. If you spot start and pinch-run him then you know he has a chance to steal a base EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. He can’t steal first…its not allowed

    Bullpen/Red Ownership: They really don’t make a whole lot of effort to improve this team! The Nats picked up all those relievers last year…Doolittle isn’t that old. The Cubs pickup people….Mike Montgomery has like a 3.25 era over 165 innings or something since they picked him up for nothing in 2016. He’ll probably be in their rotation again pretty soon. The Brewers are loaded in the pen. The Reds 2nd best guy is probably Hughes and he didn’t have the raw stuff to get the big K today with a man on 3rd/1out. Maybe you give Finnegan or Garrett a shot in the pen? Do something? Go out and get a key guy that is 27 yrs old or less. The starting pitching will be improved as least somewhat, but the pen is so thin that we’re at a huge disadvantage.

    • Shchi Cossack

      Heisey was at his best as a pinch hitter. He was platinum as a pinch hitter. He floundered as a starter, even a part time starter. Ervin came to the plate today with an aggresive approach and made a statement with his 1st swing and solid contact. After getting behind, he demonstrated his ability to make the pitcher throw strikes and worked a walk. That’s exactly what the Reds need in a bat off the bench. I don’t believe Ervin will ever be a capable starter at the MLB level, but he could play more than a decade as an effective pich hitter and role player at the MLB level.

      • jazzmanbbfan

        Ervin’s at bat was a pleasant surprise. He really worked it. Agree on the role player, pinch hitter angle.

  19. Aaron Bradley

    At the risk of repeating myself. We need to protect our guys. Scherzer played dirty and threw high and inside often.. Suarez was nearly decapitated in a key AB… meanwhile their prime time player Harper wears a shield protecting his jaw… probably knowing they will draw fire for their own actions. The Reds didn’t reply… why. Bailey should be throwing inside and high, instead he thows outside and low. I commend his effort, but he needs to respond to this kind of challenge and protect our guys.

    • scotly50

      I disagree here. The inside pitch is not thrown enough these days, I believe because lack of command by mph concerned pitchers. And when a pitcher who has the command, he is called dirty?????

      • MrRed

        Yeah, that’s some overwrought hyperbole there. Nothing dirty at all. He controlled the inner half of the plate but he wasn’t throwing at anybody. Makes me wonder what game some folks were watching…

  20. earl99

    Scooter definitely made a first game statement saying he isn’t going anywhere at second. Impressive game at the plate.

    Max Scherzer is a beast. Looks like that double that Scooter got him mad and he struck out the next seven.

    Seemed that Bailey got better as the game went. I hope he can string together some good starts.

    • scotly50

      I like Scooter. I feel like he made a statement as well.

  21. earl99

    Oh yeah don’t really want to play up the Ex-Red factor, but Zach Cozart had a nice first game as an Angel. He went 3-6 and hit a homer. He had a good spring training at the plate too.

    • Shchi Cossack

      …and a double…

      Put Cozart’s performance wearing a wishbone C in today’s game and the Nats do not score a run in the 1st inning and the Reds do score at least 1 run and probably more.

  22. Shchi Cossack

    All told, today’s game was a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to a good season, even if it may not be a winning season. Today the good guys proved they could play with anyone. Bring on the Stupid Cubbies and the Dirty Birds. Let’s play ball!

  23. Aaron Bradley

    The only good news from any of this from my perspective is that I watched the game at a Casino here in Vegas and my friend won money on the Nationals. BTW the moneyline was a point and a half so that last run was huge, the Reds failed to hold the line. My friend though had the moneyline so that wasn’t a factor for him, but he did sweat that game out. But Sherzer simply intimidated our guys I don’t know why that isn’t a topic, did anyone else not see this? I think its dirty baseball and now that more players wear the face masks I worry this could be the future, expect more inside high pitches and guys unprotected can’t cover the outer half of the plate. That is my proof. Right after Scherzer threw high and inside on Suarex nearly injuring him, he threw perfect pitches on the low outside corner. That is dirty basebally we must retaliate or do something in response. this is at our home stadium.

    • Indy Red Man

      I must have missed the pitch to Suarez? I saw him throw inside alot but it was mostly a slider that broke in at our lefty hitters ankles. I was in Vegas last year for the NFL draft and bet some baseball. Its so much fun…I went 4-1 and the only game I lost was a small amount on a parlay.

      • Aaron Bradley

        I watched an at bat where he was thrown high and inside .. very inside and high… and then two pitches on the outside corner to either K him or a weak out but I wanna say a K. I could swear Scherzer did this to someone else as well, he backs you off to set up the outside breaking pitches but his method was ruthless and in my opinion unacceptable. I can understand Bailey not wanting to retaliate but it seemed like he did the opposite and lived and low and outside, bouncing a bunch of pitches in the dirth that Barnhart saved from wild pitches when he had runners on base. It was a miracle it played out as close as it was, but again if the Reds had played 3d chess you save that fast runner for a sure thing on base opportunity … which presnted itself when Votto singled. Perfect opp to pinch run… then Scooter drive in the tying run perhaps.

    • greenmtred

      It isn’t the future, it’s the past. Guys like Drysdale, Sal “The Barber” Maglie and Early Wynn pitched inside all of the time. Intentionally throwing behind a batter is dirty. Pitching high and tight is not. Scherzer has the command to do it, and is intimidating because he’s really good.

      • MrRed

        Exactly. That’s why nobody else is seeing it that way, AB.

  24. Chad Dotson

    You know, I gotta say: I love having Scooter Gennett on the Reds. He’s been nothing but fun since he arrived last year.

    • Eric the Red

      Yes, but his defense is lousy and he’s kind of messing up the rebuild. (Peraza belongs at 2nd, for two years, to see if he’s going to make it.) The last two waiver “diamonds in the rough” got turned into Suarez and Castillo, so that’s my hope for Scooter: he helps us by getting traded. (I agree he’s fun, though!)

  25. cfd3000

    Positives: Bailey, Gennett, Garrett, the starting lineup, Ervin’s pinch walk, Real Baseball.

    Negatives: Peraza’s bat, Peraza’s glove, Hamilton looking helpless at the plate, Garrett pitching just one inning.

    There’s a lot to like with the 2018 Reds, and good stuff on the way from the DL and AAA. But I fear that Peraza, Hamilton and Price are going to make me very sad along the way.

  26. Preach

    With Duvall in the lineup, what about Scooter leading off?

  27. GreatRedLegsFan

    Last night game just benchmarked the Reds against one of the top teams. On one hand, Peraza and Hamilton do not deserve to be everyday players anymore, on the other hand Bailey and Gennett showed some guts, even though Gennett’s shortages at 2B made up for the first run. Liked most of the line-up but Barnhart hitting 6th, the 4th OF (after Winker, Schebler & Duvall) should be Ervin and either Sensel or Blandino should be part of the IF anytime soon. The pitching staff looks to be finally heading in the right direction and hopefully this should be the last season for Price.

  28. NorMich Red

    For the most, a well played baseball game that served as proof of why a low-scoring baseball game can be a fan’s delight. (Except for the outcome…the anemic sticks of Billy & Peraza, Peraza’d D liability…) Scherzer is a master and the Mad Max did what he often does to teams of all ability levels.

    As someone living hundreds of miles from GABP, I again tip my cap to Fox OH for providing a very good overall wrap-around presentation of Baseball’s First Team. I found myself watching more of Reds’ pre-game than my A.L. team of choice, Tigers (who will likely make this year’s Reds look like the BRM by comparison). But Geez, Thommy Boy was already bored enough with baseball by the 3rd inning that he’d already begun to make his incessant gush remarks about the football team that plays at the big community college up I-71 north. As a Bearcat and a fan of almost ANY other FB program than Thommy’s one of choice, save it for your BTN broadcasts, Sonny. Looking forward to Jim Day PXP telecasts with Chris, Cowboy, whomever. The son is but a shadow of the old man…who, crotchety or not, is still an icon and one of the greats behind the mike, IMO. I will still tune in a crackly AM radio feed if within range to hear him call a game. (But now, only have that chance in select innings…it must be good to be an icon!)

  29. Eric the Red

    We need to talk about THOM! He was worse than normal, and it was opening day! Besides never shutting up and other assorted crimes: when Votto came up the first time, THOM! was busy prattling on about a Nationals’ contract history. Duvall and Mesoraco were not properly introduced when pinch hitting–Mesoraco actually completed his AB before THOM! noticed. And his idea of baseball strategy was shown when Votto was on 1st in a one run game with two outs, the pitcher threw over, and THOM! scornfully exclaimed “talk about a COMPLETE waste of time! Votto’s not stealing.” How could a guy who has been around baseball his whole life not understand keeping the runner a step closer to the bag might keep him from scoring on a double in that exact situation?

    • Shchi Cossack

      I thoroughly enjoyed the pregame telecast, but I had my fill of Thom’s nonsense even before the first pitch of the first game.

    • NorMich Red

      Again in total to your points. Thom drives me nuts as a pxp guy. He’s only fun when Chris Welsh gets adequately annoyed with him to start needling him and making him the butt of occasionally creative jokes and one-liners. But it can’t erase the Thom after-taste. There is an arrogance to his tone that is not likeable, and the implication that he knows the game more than his listeners is a wrong one. I’m an avid enough fan that I’ll stick around for the game if it’s a good one…but often will mute the sound when he goes off the rails. Maybe FSO could trade him to the BTN, where he could make a fine roving reporter in Columbus that would tell his peeps all the things they want to hear, for cash and a bag of balls.

    • lwblogger2

      I said the exact same thing, out loud to the TV, after Thom remarked on the throw-over.

  30. jctrum

    A tough line-up, a top-flight pitcher, and we only lose by one run(two counting the early miscue on the DP). If homer pitches like today all year, that’s a big win in my book. Going to be a long season, but there’s lots of silver linings to come in this season.

  31. Old-school

    C Trent fascinating article and news with barnhart and homer interviews. His fast ball command was there yesterday… Not surprising that’s better now than last year. But… His curve is coming back. They didn’t throw much at all last because it hurt to throw it…. He’d save it for only a few times an outing..This year the curve is coming back and Bailey admits he had a pretty good one before the injuries. If he gets his fast ball command plus his sinker and then his 2012 curve? That’s good news.

  32. Jeff Reed

    Opening day was a big step forward for the Reds with a good performance by Bailey. The fast ball is not the only attribute of an effective pitcher and if Homer, at age 32, can mature into an all-around pitcher to lead the young developing starting staff, then the Reds will gradually go forward this season.

  33. Bill

    I’m tired of announcers & color guys tell me what every player thinks on every pitch or play. Give me Waite Hoyt call a game from a teletype he was a lot better, could make you feel like you were both there.

  34. Bill

    Reds just signed Yovani Gallardo, and sent Weis to Louisville

    • Shchi Cossack

      Another move to sign an aging, over-the-hill veteran to a major league contract to fill a role with youngsters waiting for an opportunity.

      2016 => 5.42 ERA, 5.04 FIP, 1.585 WHIP, 1.2 HR/9, 1.39 SO/BB
      2017 => 5.72 ERA, 5.53 FIP, 1.515 WHIP, 1.7 HR/9, 1.57 SO/BB

      This wasn’t a minor league fill signing. This was a major league contract. The Reds just can’t move away from the ‘veteraniness’ addiction.

      • Shchi Cossack

        And to make matters worse, reports are that Reed and Garrett are being relegated to the bullpen with Gallardo inserted into the starting rotation. Bogus, if true.

      • Eric the Red

        That would be extremely disappointing, if true. There is simply no reason to conclude those guys can’t be starters, and no reason to prioritize stocking the bullpen for a rebuilding season over developing starters for the seasons to come.

      • Jeff Reed

        Say it’s not so that this is a retreat to the Marquis experiment that put the rebuild on hold three years ago. I see no reason why Gallardo should be on the Reds pitching staff except, as Steve noted above, to mop up in long relief. This happens just as Price is altering his lineup construction and seemingly letting his facial hair grow.

      • MrRed

        The team is saying that Gallardo is pitching out of the BP. I guess well believe it when we see it. But if true, that should open a spot for one of the young guys to keep starting.

      • lwblogger2

        Yeah, that signing about made me puke when I saw it. I barfed all over Twitter when I saw.

  35. Bill

    Winker Duvall Schebler outfield today

    • Shchi Cossack

      And the same lineup as yesterday, 1-5, with Duvall, Peraza and Barnhart rounding out 6-8 in the lineup. Another baby step…

      • TyGuy85

        My jaw literally dropped when I read about the lineup. BP is actually making a concerted effort to improve lineup construction.

    • greenmtred

      We’re going to run out of things to complain about. I can’t begion to imagine the distress if Billy and Peraza started getting on base!!

      • Shchi Cossack

        I have a feeling that Price and DW may keep the cupboard stocked with issues…

  36. Eric the Red

    If you had world-class hand eye coordination and the best instructors on the planet, and it was your livelihood, do you think you’d learn to drop down a bunt the way Taylor did to lead off the 8th inning in a one run game? As opposed to learning how to fake-bunt, almost always leading to a strike?

  37. Eric the Red

    And they DFAd Stuart Turner to make room for Gallardo on the 40 man!?!