The Cincinnati Reds (3-18) are off to their worst start in the 137 years of the franchise. They will kick off a single series homestand tonight at 6:40 PM with four games against the Atlanta Braves (12-8). The Reds are just 1-7 at home this season, but have won 2 of their 3 games this season on Mondays.

The Braves are off to a very good start. Their offense ranks 4th in the MLB in OPS (.771), and pitching ranks 6th in the MLB in ERA (3.23). The young Braves double play combo is off to an unbelievable start. Former #1 overall draft pick Dansby Swanson is hitting .342/.381/.544, and 21-year old Ozzie Albies is hitting .302/.348/.640.

Starting Pitchers

Sal Romano is coming off his best start of 2018 against the Brewers (5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K). Romano has yet to get rocked in a start (most ER allowed in a start is 4), but he has allowed way to many walks and home runs. The strikeout numbers are low, but I would expect that to improve. Romano was brilliant against the Braves in his only career start last year (7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K).

Mike Foltynewicz is off to a terrific start for the Braves. He was a first round draft pick of the Astros back in 2010. He was part of a trade for Evan Gattis. He has a career 4.75 ERA in 69 starts, but is taking off in 2018. He has pitched really well against the Reds in 3 career starts: 18.2 IP, 1.93 ERA, 9 BB, 19 K.

Starting Lineups

Braves Reds
1. Ender Inciarte (CF)
2. Ozzie Albies (2B)
3. Freddie Freeman (1B)
4. Nick Markakis (RF)
5. Kurt Suzuki (C)
6. Preston Tucker (LF)
7. Dansby Swanson (SS)
8. Ryan Flaherty (3B)
9. Mike Foltynewicz (P)
1. Scott Schebler (RF)
2. Jose Peraza (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Scooter Gennett (2B)
5. Adam Duvall (LF)
6. Tucker Barnhart (C)
7. Cliff Pennington (3B)
8. Sal Romano (P)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)

Conclusion

It’s getting pretty tough around the Nation. It is really difficult not to be apathetic about the Reds. This team has been awful in a year that we were expecting a step forward. Maybe tonight is the night that things turn around with Sal Romano. It can’t get any worse, right? 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.

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  1. Either the Braves have a bullpen problem, or it’s just our night. As I said before, save some for the rest of the week. 🙂

  2. The Reds OWN Mondays.

    Should be 3-1 on Garfield’s bane when this game is over.

  3. 9.463 tickets sold for tonight’s game.

  4. Glad the fireworks guy wasn’t laid off…

  5. At 1-3, Riggleman has a better record than Price.

  6. REDS WIN! REDS WIN! REDS WIN! OK, I clearly overreacted…

  7. Big Sal gets the win – good for that young man!

    • Yes….he was pounding the strike zone and its good to have Schebler back! He hits the ball harder then anyone on the team and I don’t think its close.

      Monday is 10-4 night:)

    • He made a nice fielding play as well – barehanded I might add.

  8. Okay – the Reds just set the franchise record for futility to start a season. Looking at the flip side, have they ever started out 18 – 3?

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About Nick Kirby

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.

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