Many Reds, both new and returning, expressed their thoughts about the atmosphere in Cincinnati on Opening Day. A new Red who was particularly affected was Derek Dietrich, who certainly hasn’t had an experience like it in his career with the Marlins:

The emotion in his voice is genuine, and we’d like to think it reflects a spirit which has begun to permeate the team, thanks in part to the numerous changes on and off the field over the off-season. The home team attempts to ride the wave of excitement generated in the Opening Day win over the Pirates in today’s 2:10 EDT start at Great American Ball Park. There is a 75 percent chance of rain.

Starting Pitchers

Trevor Williams (2018) 170.2 3.11 4.54 18% 7.9%
Sonny Gray (2018 NYY) 130.1 4.90 4.10 21.1% 9.8%

Of all of the new acquisitions by the Reds this off-season, Gray is the one that most excites this long-time Reds observer. He formerly pitched ace-quality baseball for the Oakland A’s, and he is reunited with his Vanderbilt University pitching coach, Derek Johnson. He was dominant in the Cactus League, which – though many discount the value of spring training statistics – is better than getting hammered.

Williams has developed over the past couple of years as a mainstay of the Pittsburgh rotation. The righhander had 17 “quality starts” (allowing three or less runs in six or more innings) out of 31 in 2018. Note the xFIP (expected fielding independent pitching) numbers, which normalize home runs across luck and stadiums. xFIP estimates how many home runs a pitcher should give up assuming normal luck. Despite having what has been largely characterized as a terrible year with the Yankees last year, Gray’s 4.10 xFIP was actually superior to Williams’ 4.54.

Starting Lineups

Pirates Reds
2B Adam Frazier CF Scott Schebler
CF Starling Marte 1B Joey Votto
LF Corey Dickerson RF Yasiel Puig
1B Josh Bell 3B Eugenio Suarez
C Francisco Cervelli LF Matt Kemp
3B Jung Ho Kang 2B Jose Peraza
RF Melky Cabrera C Tucker Barnhart
SS Erik Gonzalez SS Jose Iglesias
P Trevor Williams P Sonny Gray

Additional insights into the statistical history of the players in today’s game is available all season long at

News and Notes

Former Red Connor Joe started in left field for the Giants in their first two games of the season against San Diego …

Outfielder Mason Williams signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles organization after being released from the Reds minor league camp …

15 Responses

  1. Steven Ross

    I know I shouldn’t care this early but I’d swap Schebler and Peraza in the lineup.

  2. renbutler

    If they’re willing to tolerate some light to moderate rain, they can probably get this game in. There will be periods of rain and dry weather scattered throughout the day, with a potential downpour here and there.

    The wildcard is lightning. Although severe weather is highly unlikely, occasional lightning could possibly delay proceedings for a while, especially later in the game window.

    • ToBeDetermined

      Really glad the postponed that one.
      I don’t know how bad the rain was in Cincinnati.
      But, it was steady to a monsoon here all day. And it was a Cold to the Bone type of rain. I had to go out in it briefly about 5 times. Each time I kept saying to myself how unpleasant that was.

      I’d hate to hear about how many people would have gotten sick if they had to watch that game and the players also.

  3. Sliotar

    Dietrich was given a lifeline by the Reds…his MLB career might otherwise well have been over. The emotion of that moment is understandable.

    However, I don’t know about emotion making a significant difference. Guys grinding and executing their jobs over 6 straight months doesn’t seem to require a certain level of emotion to come with it.

    “Havoc” Hamilton played with joy every day but could not put the ball in play enough….how did that work out the last 4 seasons?

    Go Redlegs.

  4. B-town fan

    No offense to Connor Joe but starting in the outfield for the Giants, boy they must be really hurting in there depth.

  5. Scooter Rolen

    Reds are saying game won’t start on time. They’ll re-evaluate around 2PM.

    • renbutler

      That’s odd. It’s only going to get worse as the day goes on. They don’t have much of a window before the heavy rain and even storms are in full gear. The showers happening right now are nothing compared to what the area will get later this evening.

      • renbutler

        This dry slot is the best they’re going to get. If they aren’t planning a start time right now, it’s not going to happen today.

      • renbutler

        Seems like they agree. Game postponed. Details coming later.

  6. matt hendley

    REally hope that the game is not delayed. Glad to see that Kemp is getting a start. Do not want to see him get relegated to the bench without cause.

  7. Choo Choo Coleman

    IMO, this is the best Reds’ lineup for now. Everyone complains about Kemp’s & Dietrich’s defense abilities, and maybe rightfully so, but has anyone ever watched Winker out there? Lorenzen will get a lot of OF time, IMO, until Senzel is called up.

  8. renbutler

    Game postponed. No word on rescheduling. Probably no DH tomorrow, as the temps will be in the 30s (but dry).

    They should play tomorrow’s game as scheduled, and reschedule today’s game as part of a Memorial Day DH the next time the Pirates are in town.

    • renbutler


      Today’s game has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. The regularly scheduled game will be moved from 2:10 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. and the rescheduled game will begin at 7:10. #Reds

      • CP

        Well it doesn’t hurt that the Reds will have Scooter and Alex Wood back by that series…

  9. Indy Red Man

    Watching a little of the Yankees/O’s on tv. O’s righty Mychal Givens K’d the side in the 8th! He’s got nasty stuff. Will be 29 in May and has put up 74-78 ip the last 3 seasons.
    Last year he allowed only 4 hrs (in Camden) in 76 ip with a .218 batt avg.

    Get something done and bring him in here! Or someone like him. Whats the point of having depth if you can’t move some people that are blocked to fill a hole or 2? This team shouldn’t be that far away from being in the wildcard chase.