The Cincinnati Reds (0-1) will try to get their first win of 2018 at 2:10 PM today against the Washington Nationals (1-0). The Reds fell 2-0 on opening day despite six innings of one run baseball from Homer Bailey, and a four hit performance from Scooter Gennett. The Reds will turn to their top starter from 2017, Luis Castillo this afternoon.
The following stats are 2018 ZiPS projections, with the exception of FBv (fastball velocity):
Luis Castillo only made 15 starts in 2017 for the Reds, but he lead the starters in fWAR (1.7). Castillo looks set to become the next big Reds starter, but there might be some growing pains as teams start seeing him multiple times. Castillo made two starts against the Nationals a year ago, and had a 4.09 ERA (11.0 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 3 HR, 9 BB, 11 K).
It’s hard to believe that this is already the 9th season of Stephen Strasburg’s career. While Strasburg has battled injuries and at times controversy during his career, he is 8th among all MLB pitchers in fWAR (24.7) since the start of 2012. The Reds have been able to see some success off Strasburg, as he has a 4.40 ERA in 8 career starts vs Cincinnati.
|1. Adam Eaton (LF)
2. Anthony Rendon (3B)
3. Bryce Harper (RF)
4. Matt Adams (1B)
5. Howie Kendrick (2B)
6. Trea Turner (SS)
7. Brian Goodwin (CF)
8. Matt Wieters (C)
9. Stephen Strasburg (P)
|1. Jesse Winker (RF)
2. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Scooter Gennett (2B)
5. Scott Schebler (CF)
6. Adam Duvall (LF)
7. Jose Peraza (SS)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Luis Castillo (P)
Scooter Gennett went 4 for 4 yesterday. He also has 3 career home runs in just 11 at-bats against Strasburg.
NL Central Standings
|Pittsburgh Pirates||1-0||0.5 GB|
|Chicago Cubs||1-1||1.0 GB|
|Cincinnati Reds||0-1||1.5 GB|
|St. Louis Cardinals||0-1||1.5 GB|
The Cubs lost a 17 inning game yesterday in Miami. The Pirates won a crazy game in 13 innings after a Tigers walk-off was overturned. Ryan Braun hit a 3-run home run in the 9th in San Diego to give the Brewers an 8-6 win, and improve to 2-0.
News and notes
From #Reds: Today the Reds signed to a 1-year Major League contract veteran RHP Yovani Gallardo (#31) and optioned to Class AAA Louisville RHP Zack Weiss. Gallardo will be in bullpen, Price says.
— John Fay (@johnfayman) March 31, 2018
Since 1908, only six #Reds players have collected 4 hits on Opening Day:
1. Bubbles Hargrave 1924
2. Babe Herman 1936
3. Jim Greengrass 1954
4. Paul O'Neill 1989
5. Ramon Hernandez 2011
6. Scooter Gennett 2018
— Jamie Ramsey (@Jamieblog) March 31, 2018
The Reds certainly don’t want to start the season 0-2. The schedule makers didn’t do the Reds any favors by having them start against the Nationals while the Cubs are playing the Marlins, the Brewers are playing the Padres, and the Pirates are playing the Tigers. Anyway, Luis Castillo is the man to get the job done today. Go Reds!
Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.