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Today the Reds kick off the 2010 season with a contest against their rivals in the NL Central, the St. Louis Cardinals. Yes, Dusty Baker has submitted his first odd lineup of the year, but we couldn’t be more excited here in the Nation.

Aaron Harang will take the mound for your beloved Redlegs, while the Cards will counter with their ace, Chris Carpenter. This is the fifth straight season that Harang will open the season as the starting pitcher; let’s hope it’s the beginning of a great campaign for the big guy. Let’s also keep our fingers crossed that a Reds victory over St. Louis today will be a harbinger of great things to come.

Here’s your game preview, and the starting lineup is below the fold. Listen to our Season Preview Extravaganza and, heck, while you’re discussing the game here in the game thread, feel free to hop over to the prediction contest. The contest is open until midnight tonight, so get those predictions in.

Enjoy the game!

Chris Dickerson CF
Orlando Cabrera SS
Joey Votto 1B
Brandon Phillips 2B
Scott Rolen 3B
Jay Bruce RF
Laynce Nix LF
Ramon Hernandez C
Aaron Harang P

243 Responses

  1. Chris Garber

    First thing that jumped out from the B-R game preview: Chris Carpenter is 35 already?

    • mike

      First thing that jumped out from the B-R game preview: Chris Carpenter is 35 already?

      Carpenter has had a strange career.
      He really wasn’t very good when he came to the bigs and didn’t get 25 starts in a single season until his 4th season at age 25.
      Then in 2002 only pitched half a season and missed all of the 2003 season

      He then went on to miss most of the 2007 and 2008 seasons

      13 seasons in the bigs but only 260 starts
      2004-06 he was unhittable and one of the best in the game but really he has been nothing special in most of his other seasons and often hurt

  2. nick in va

    I love afternoon baseball. Can’t wait for the game to get started. Too bad I’m not there.

  3. Chris Garber

    Twitter of the morning:

    @johnfayman: Brent Musberger is doing the game for ESPN. #redsenq

  4. Chris Garber

    “You are looking LIVE at Great American Ballpark on the shores of the Ohio River…”

  5. Jared

    What, calling the record, to the game, isn’t enough? Sheesh. If I had to guess, it’ll be against the Nationals.

  6. Steve Price

    The coolest thing I saw on the game preview was info contained from two lines…

    On 8-12, the Cardinals beat the Reds, 5-2, with Chris Carpenter getting the win and Homer Bailey the loss (2-4).

    On 9-30, the Reds beat the Cardinals, 7-2, with Homer Bailey (7-5) getting the win and Joel Pineiro getting the loss.

    I know Homer’s not pitching today…but, I think he and Jay Bruce are the keys to our season.

    • Travis G.

      I know Homer’s not pitching today…but, I think he and Jay Bruce are the keys to our season.

      Agreed. If both of them take a step forward, if not The Leap, this is a playoff contender.

      I predict 87 wins for the Reds, and it’s up the Cardinals (and 35-year-old Chris Carpeneter) to see whether that’s enough to win the division.

      • Steve Price

        I know Homer’s not pitching today…but, I think he and Jay Bruce are the keys to our season. Agreed. If both of them take a step forward, if not The Leap, this is a playoff contender.

        I really think it’s that simple…and I think it will take both to make a difference. And, Travis, you may be right…it may take a leap from both.

        I think Homer’s more likely to do it than Jay…Bruce must hit lefties and hit for average to go with the power. I think Homer’s going to have a very good season…I think there’s a 25% chance Bailey has a great season.

  7. Travis G.

    I think Bruce is going to look a LOT different this season than last. Like, 32 home runs different. (I spent seven hours driving yesterday, so I came up with all sorts of numbers to occupy myself. I like Gomes for 16 homers.)

    I see Homer having some extended periods of brilliance punctuated by some awful innings. It’ll all add up to an above-average season for him.

  8. TC

    Ahhh, it’s good to be king. (If you knew my job you’d laugh at that.) But as the IT manager I’ve purposely scheduled my day to be in the car between offices all afternoon and am about to leave my guys to run the office without me. I also came in early so that I don’t feel bad about taking off early. I should feel badly, but it’s Opening Day.

    I did have a server install scheduled, but the stars aligned and it’s been push until later this week. Yippie! 😀

    I’m excited like it’s my 12th birthday again!!

  9. Sultan of Swaff

    It’s going to be exceedingly difficult to win today. Harang is not a true #1. But hey, let’s focus on winning the series regardless. It’s really important we get out of the gate fast vs. the Cards and the Cubs.
    Let’s GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!0

  10. Travis G.

    The game hasn’t even started yet and I’ve already got my least-favorite commercial.

  11. wanderinredsfan

    Although I don’t predict the Reds getting above .500, I think Bruce will have a monster season. It wouldn’t surprise me if Bruce surpasses 40 HRs. Of course, I’m not sure he’ll hit above .270, but definetely above .240. Mark it down.

  12. nick in va

    Harang starts the year with a strike out.

  13. Tom Diesman

    Sweet. Make that 2Ks now. Harang is looking really sharp so far. Let’s see what happens with Pujols now.

  14. nick in va

    Back to back strike outs. Let’s see if he can strike out Pujols.

  15. Jared

    Um.. what channel is the game on that causes it to be blacked out on ESPN?

    Blackouts are starting to make watching sports impossible. The few times any games I want to see are on, they’re blacked out. No indication until I sit down and try to watch it, so I give up and don’t try to watch anything.

    • Travis G.

      Um.. what channel is the game on that causes it to be blacked out on ESPN? Blackouts are starting to make watching sports impossible. The few times any games I want to see are on, they’re blacked out. No indication until I sit down and try to watch it, so I give up and don’t try to watch anything.

      One of my station’s competitors bought the rights to broadcast FSN’s feed. Since we’re showing soap operas now, I don’t mind telling you that the other channel is WKRC.

    • Bill Lack

      Um.. what channel is the game on that causes it to be blacked out on ESPN?Blackouts are starting to make watching sports impossible. The few times any games I want to see are on, they’re blacked out. No indication until I sit down and try to watch it, so I give up and don’t try to watch anything.

      Local channel 12.

      • Bill Lack

        Local channel 12.

        Or is that local channel 9? Hell, I can’t keep ’em straight since they changed a couple of years ago.

  16. Tom Diesman

    Dang, Pujols can hit. Was Harang hitting 93 and 94 last season?

  17. nick in va

    Should have walked Pujols. 1-0 Cardinals.

  18. Matt B.

    Oh hi there, Pujols. 1-0, Cards.

    Rick Sutcliffe has already been pretty atrocious calling the game on ESPN. He claimed Harang needed to throw 93-95 because his command isn’t very good. Isn’t the knock on Harang that he throws too many strikes? Whatever.

  19. lukeukcrazy

    A homerun by Albert Pujols already.

  20. Tom Diesman

    Pujols is going to git hit HRs, so when he does you want them to be solo shots.

  21. james in MB

    Musburger and Sutcliffe sound drunk.

  22. Jared

    TV blackouts are doing for me what the strike in 94 was unable to. Baseball doesn’t have enough fans to tick off the ones it has left.

  23. Travis G.

    Big hand for Joey Votto. I still can’t believe the tepid response to his first AB after coming back from his month off.

    Snuck one through!

  24. Matt WI

    Atta boy Votto. All he does is hit.

  25. Tom Diesman

    All right! Votto gets a knock. Let’s see if Phillips goes with the pitch or will be overswinging and falling down on his knee in the batters box today.

  26. Travis G.

    I’m going to predict a grounder to short for Phillips. I’d be happy to be proven wrong.

  27. BIGred053

    ESPN is supposed to be showing the game, but they have ESPN News on right now instead! What is this trash!?

  28. Steve Price

    I believe in his latest book (2010 Gold Mine), baseball writer and statistician Bill James tracks how often #1 pitchers face the opposition’s #1…

    Turns out that opening Day is about the only time happens (sorry, some hyperbole there). What the study did show was Number 5 pitchers face #1’s the most often and that 1’s rarely faced 1’s.

    The conclusion was that, whether by design or not, the teams kind of rolled over when facing a #1 and would try to stack their pitching staffs to win the series.

    An example he used was the Dodgers and Giants of the 60’s. Instead of the Giants pitching Juan Marichal against Sandy Koufax, they would save Marichal for one of the other two games, figuring he could beat Osteen or Drysdale on most days, but would have less of a chance pitching against Koufax.

    It doesn’t seem unreasonable to me.

  29. james in MB

    Well 1 inning in the books and Pujols is still the man..lol

  30. james in MB

    I can’t handle Sutcliffe.. Harang is a veteran pitcher man..

  31. Tom Diesman

    There’s the second out. Come on Harang, let’s strand that base on balls.

  32. Tom Diesman

    He labored to throw strikes that inning but got out unscathed. Let’s get the bats rolling now.

  33. Steve Price

    I believe in his latest book (2010 Gold Mine), baseball writer and statistician Bill James tracks how often #1 pitchers face the opposition’s #1…

    Turns out that opening Day is about the only time happens (sorry, some hyperbole there). What the study did show was Number 5 pitchers face #1’s the most often and that 1’s rarely faced 1’s.

    The conclusion was that, whether by design or not, the teams kind of rolled over when facing a #1 and would try to stack their pitching staffs to win the series.

    An example he used was the Dodgers and Giants of the 60’s. Instead of the Giants pitching Juan Marichal against Sandy Koufax, they would save Marichal for one of the other two games, figuring he could beat Osteen or Drysdale on most days, but would have less of a chance pitching against Koufax.

    It doesn’t seem unreasonable to me.

  34. Travis G.

    The bats didn’t get rolling there, but I guess those three guys saw a few pitches, right?

  35. Jared

    Well, this game is nationally televised on ESPN and for absolutely no reason I’m unable to watch. I’m honestly furious and really want to shun baseball forever. But I don’t think I can hold out.

    • Bill Lack

      Well, this game is nationally televised on ESPN and for absolutely no reason I’m unable to watch. I’m honestly furious and really want to shun baseball forever. But I don’t think I can hold out.

      Jared…are in the local Cincinnati area? If so, it’s on one of the local channels.

  36. Matt WI

    At this pitch count rate, we’ll see Owings sooner then you’d wish (or too soon at all for people that don’t like him, ahem, Marty).

  37. lukeukcrazy

    brendan Ryan had a 12 pitch count

  38. Jared

    Nope, I’m in Iowa. 400 miles from St Louis, probably 700 from Cincinnati. I talked to Dish support and they said it was blacked out on ESPN everywhere but St Louis. So, uh, why ESPN?

  39. Tom Diesman

    Rasmus hit the snot out of that one. Anything that travels that far ought to have a stewardess on it, don’t ya think? At least Harang is only giving up solo shots so far today. Where’s our offense?

  40. Matt WI

    Colby Rasmus eats this team alive.

  41. lukeukcrazy

    Who had 10+ strikeouts that is a Red on opening day

    • mike

      Who had 10+ strikeouts that is a Red on opening day

      I know this one….remember looking it up years and years ago

      Two Reds pitchers to have 10+ strikeouts on opening day were
      Gary Nolan and Mario Soto

      both lost

  42. Matt B.

    What the hell is the point in cutting that ball off? Geez.

  43. nick in va

    3-0, sounds like Nix would have had the runner if Rolen had not cut it off.

  44. Travis G.

    I think the runner still would have been safe, but I think there would have been a play at the plate if Rolen hadn’t cut it off. Strange.

  45. Bill Lack

    2-3-4 for the Reds, it’s time to start doing something offensively or this could be over quickly.

  46. Tom Diesman

    One guy on the Reds came north swinging the stick. Way to go Joey Votto.

  47. Matt B.

    That’s how you make up for a bonehead play.

  48. Tom Diesman

    Sweet, if Rolen can supply some pop this year some really good things could happen.

  49. Tom Diesman

    That was some good hitting by Jay Bruce. Another good sign for the Reds.

  50. Jimmy

    Taking the lead will mean a lot right here. Isn’t Ramon Mr. Clutch according to D Baker.

  51. Bill Lack

    And you guys questioned Nix starting…Dusty’s a genius, GENIUS I tell you..come on Hernandez.

    • Bill Lack

      Pujols should have had that shot by Nix. He sucks.

      They should trade him…to the Reds.

  52. Greg Dafler

    I’m catching up on the DVR…bottom of the 2nd inning on my TV…

    I think the Reds will finish with 86-88 wins. I expect the Cardinals will win the division, but I like the Reds depth better.

    • Travis G.

      I think the Reds will finish with 86-88 wins.I expect the Cardinals will win the division, but I like the Reds depth better.

      I have them at 87, but I think the Cards could be vulnerable for the same reason you do. If their makeshift infield doesn’t pan out or if they need pitching help, I’m not sure they can fix it. Their minors aren’t great and they don’t have much money left.

  53. Travis G.

    Came up a little short. Still a good inning, though. We’ll see their bullpen soon.

  54. Matt WI

    DOH– Hernandez flies out swinging 3-0?

  55. Bill Lack

    Did Hernandez make an out on a 3-0 pitch? Gamecast cuts out so quick to give us the 100th look at Beyonce it didn’t show what happened..

  56. Tom Diesman

    Clutch never gets the take sign. 🙂 Especially with the pitcher on deck.

  57. Bill Lack

    I guess swinging at a 3-0 pitch with runners on and in the 8 hole isn’t HORRIBLE…

  58. Greg Dafler

    Jared – don’t you get Fox Sports Midwest? They should have the Cardinals game with the Cardinals home broadcasting team…

  59. Bill Lack

    I would never throw Pujols a strike, at least not when I didn’t have to (like now).

  60. Jason461

    Does Dusty know that Hernandez is now hitting .000 with RISP? Better take him out.

  61. RiverCity Redleg

    Plus, the pitch was right over the plate.

  62. Steve Price

    I think we need more hitting.

    I was looking at Jack Cust…then I thought, well, we do have Jonny Gomes. Cust does walk more…

  63. Matt WI

    Lift Harang for a ph to lead of the bottom of 5? Juan Fransico makes his 2010 debut?

  64. Matt B.

    Wow. Terrible. 4-2. There’s no reason to attempt a pickoff there.

  65. Jimmy

    Joey Votto is no Albert Pujols defensively.

  66. Tom Diesman

    Here, we like a challenge, have a free run. That’s the Reds we know and love.

  67. Matt B.

    No, he threw it to first, and Votto didn’t get a clean glove on it, so it trickled away.

  68. Travis G.

    I still don’t understand why they don’t try Votto in LF. He’s just really not a very good first baseman.

  69. Matt B.

    That run is going to end up screwing the Reds, methinks. Dusty better be lifting Harang here.

  70. Steve Price

    My opinion…

    1) Homer Bailey must have a BIG season

    2) Jay Bruce needs the 40 homers and the .270 BA

    3) We need to get 160 good innings from Leake, Wood, and/or Chapman.

    Chris Welsh said on the Reds preview show that the Reds projections are for Chapman to not pitch more than 140 innings this season; my assumption that’s 140 total

    4) Gomes must repeat 2009. Dickerson needs 2008.

    5) Votto must come close to last year.

    6) My wish…we need to trade a starting pitcher for a long-term shortstop. Cabrera/Janish (used properly) make for a fine stopgap (if Dusty would use Janish for late inning defense). But, we need Concepcion/Larkin reincarnated for offensive and defense combined. Wow…that seems like an awfully lot to ask…Janish could be Roy McMillian with more doubles…but, if a McMillian clone is the shortstop, then we need the Scott Rolen hitter of the 1990’s playing 3b….

  71. BIGred053

    Musberger just critiqued Votto and said that Pujols was much better defensively- Pujols 2009 FPCT 0.992 13 E, Votto 2009 FPCT 0.991 10E

  72. Steve Price

    As for Votto in LF….I don’t think we have a 1b to replace him, and we don’t want to spend the money it would take for a quality guy.

  73. Matt B.

    Groundout to short on the first pitch. NOW I know why Cairo made this team.

  74. TC

    I’m surprised they are not bringing in Owings at this point to hit and pitch an inning.

    • hoosierdad

      I’m surprised they are not bringing in Owings at this point to hit and pitch an inning.Thank you! What good is it to have a pitcher for long relief if you don’t use him on opening day in the 6th with the next day off? Gotta release Lincoln and eat the contract. There are way too many good arms in Louisville to keep him on the 40 man. Maybe he gets released when Leake comes up.

  75. Bill Lack

    Yeah, that’s that professionalism they’re always talking about with this guy…or else he still owes LaRussa a favor.

  76. Steve Price

    1st base stats based on errors and fielding percentage don’t really say much.

    Baseball Prospectus’s stats show Pujols with saving 23 defensive runs in 2009. Says Votto cost us four (-4)

  77. Matt B.

    That’s just awful. Cabrera grounds into a DP and doesn’t even give Votto a chance to come up as the tying run.

  78. Matt WI

    Grr. Cards score on a Reds error, the Reds follow up a Cards error with a GIDP.

  79. Steve Price

    Cabrera was 4th in GIDP last year in AL with 22. He’s 22nd lifetime career amongst active players. He’s also led the AL in outs made both in 2009 and 2008.

    Oh…Brandon Phillips tied for 8th in the NL last year with 21.

  80. Matt B.

    Nice play by Votto, Phillips, and Lincoln there.

  81. Matt B.

    Steve – that’s a gruesome looking stat, particularly in lieu of Cabrera being the team’s #2 hitter. What’s more, Dusty is going to leave Cabrera there the entire season unless he is catastrophically bad (e.g. hitting .220).

    • Steve Price

      Steve – that’s a gruesome looking stat, particularly in lieu of Cabrera being the team’s #2 hitter. What’s more, Dusty is going to leave Cabrera there the entire season unless he is catastrophically bad (e.g. hitting .220).

      Oh…with Cabrera 2nd and Phillips fourth hitting into DPs, Votto and Bruce will have home runs with a low RBI ratios….and fans will wonder why those guys can’t drive in lots of runs and only hit solo homers as if their fault no one’s on base…..they’ll be like 30 homers and 85 rbi…

      • mike

        Oh…with Cabrera 2nd and Phillips fourth hitting into DPs, Votto and Bruce will have home runs with a low RBI ratios….and fans will wonder why those guys can’t drive in lots of runs and only hit solo homers as if their fault no one’s on base…..they’ll be like 30 homers and 85 rbi…

        The Reds have a LONG, LONG, LONG history of hitters who have very good seasons and hit HR in that season but have low RBI totals.
        I have no clue if this is just bad lineups or bad teams (so no way to build a good lineup) but to put it bluntly Adam Dunn was not the 1st Red to do it

        Jr had 40 HR in 2000. 118 RBI
        Greg Vaughn had 45 HR in 1999. 118 RBI
        Dave Parker had 31 HR in 1986. 116 RBI
        Frank Robinson had 33 HR in 1965. 113 RBI
        Klu had 47 HR in 1955. 113 RBI
        and of course, the hated Adam Dunn had 40+ HR a couple times with only slightly over 100 RBI

    • mike

      What’s more, Dusty is going to leave Cabrera there the entire season unless he is catastrophically bad (e.g. hitting .220).

      We’ve seen Dusty and we know what he’s done with a handful of players playing HORRIBLE…..aka see Taveras last year.
      How a player is doing has nothing to do with Dusty’s decisions. In other words I don’t doubt Cabrera could not get a hit all season and he’d still be our starting SS and #2 hitter.

  82. Matt B.

    Nice snare there by Votto. Break out the bats, boys.

  83. Bill Lack

    You guys keep forgetting…Dusty gets his lineup cards from Vistaprint and they come with the CF in the #1 spot and the SS in the #2 spot..that’s why they’re so cheap!!!

  84. Steve Price

    For anyone that’s interested…Scott Rolen has hit into more than 13 double plays twice in his career in 14 seasons. He now his a doubles hitter with a high OBP.

    Sounds like a good #2 hitter to me.

    For reference…Phillips has done three times in his four seasons with the Reds (19, 21, ande 26); Cabrera has done it six times in the last nine seasons

  85. Matt B.

    @Steve Price: Very true, and it’s lamentable that the only person who openly questions Dusty Baker is a national writer in Rob Neyer. The Reds’ beat writers let Dusty get away with inane comments about his roster and lineup decisions.

    And I hate Colby Rasmus. It was a nice catch, but his little staredown into the Reds bullpen was pretty unnecessary.

  86. Steve Price

    This got held up in moderation…but Bill James did a study on how often team’s #1 pitchers face other #1’s….

    turns out it’s almost never…more times than not, the #5 pitchers faced #1’s…frankly, it looks like a strategy.

    Looks like a team assumes it won’t beat the #1, so they, if they make some sort of “rotation adjustment” it is because they don’t expect to beat the #1 guy, and take their chances on winning the other two games in the series.

    James uses the 60’s Dodgers-Giants rivalry as an example…Koufax rarely pitched against Marichal…

  87. renbutler

    Same old Reds, with the other team always making the hustle play they need to win.

  88. Matt B.

    Oh, fantastic job there, Lincoln. Moron.

  89. Tom Diesman

    Tip o the cap to Pujols. He can flat out hit.

  90. Matt B.

    Yes, that ball was a laser, but it certainly helps when the pitch is belt high and right down the middle.

  91. Matt B.

    After lauding Cabrera’s defense early on, Sutcliffe has now come to his senses and is questioning his range.

  92. wanderinredsfan

    Couple of early observations:

    1. Lincoln and Cairo suck, yet they are Dusty’s boys.

    2. Cabrera and Rolen look really, really slow.

    3. Dusty sucks

    4. Because of the aforementioned, this team isn’t that good.

    • mike

      2. Cabrera and Rolen look really, really slow.

      they are both 35
      you know how few Reds have been that old and had good years at SS or 3B??

      Larkin had good years in 1999 and 2000 at ages 35 and 36
      Pete Rose had good years 1976-78 playing a lot of 3B at ages 34-36

      and that’s about it

  93. Travis G.

    Did anyone happen to catch Steven Tyler singing “God Bless America” last night with his pretty young daughter standing at his side? It was dreadfully sung and creepy to watch.

    • Steve Price

      Did anyone happen to catch Steven Tyler singing “God Bless America” last night with his pretty young daughter standing at his side? It was dreadfully sung and creepy to watch.

      I thought it was actually pretty good, and I’m not the biggest Aerosmith fan, “Sweet Emotion” excepted.

  94. Steve Price

    Jr had 40 HR in 2000. 118 RBI
    Greg Vaughn had 45 HR in 1999. 118 RBI
    Dave Parker had 31 HR in 1986. 116 RBI
    Frank Robinson had 33 HR in 1965. 113 RBI
    Klu had 47 HR in 1955. 113 RBI
    and of course, the hated Adam Dunn had 40+ HR a couple times with only slightly over 100 RBI

    Well, I think Parker and Robinson’s ratios are nearly four and I believe most would take that.

    For the other guys (Klu excepted), most didn’t hit a lot of singles and were lower BA guys by this time in their careers.

    As for the others, Kluszewski had Stan Palys and a .271 OBP batting 2nd in front of him; to make matters worse, Wally Post that year had 40 homers and 109 rbi–batting right behind Klu

    As for Vaughn, he had Pokey Reese’s .330 OBP and Sean Casey’s 15 DP’s batting in front of him.

    Griffey had the same issue…Reese’s .319 OBP batting leadoff and Casey with 16 dps batting third…Larkin did play more that year.

    Dunn..in 2004, batted behind Casey’s 16 dps, 2005–spent half the year batting behind Casey’s 27 dps,

  95. John

    Maybe I’m just a bad sport, but I’m tired of Pujols owning everybody and everybody continuing to pitch to him. Pujols and Berkman are two guys who have destroyed this team because they refuse to just pitch around them.

  96. Greg Dafler

    I both love and hate DVRs.

    I just caught up to LIVE on the DVR, but now can’t FF through the pitching change!

  97. wanderinredsfan

    @Travis G.: Hate Tyler’s music, but love his genetic offspring. However, I’m assuming that the girls get the bulk of their phenology from their mom.

    • Travis G.

      @Travis G.: Hate Tyler’s music, but love his genetic offspring.However, I’m assuming that the girls get the bulk of their phenology from their mom.

      That’s one thing for you or me to think his daughters are hot, but he shouldn’t act like he does. Cree-py.

  98. BIGred053

    Well, color me surprised- Dusty actually brought in some people that can get on base and score!

    • Steve Price

      Have they said who’s going down to AAA when they promote Leake? Position player?

      It would have to be a position player since Dusty said he would use his pitchers less if he had more pitchers.

      Frankly, I think he actually meant there would be more guys to spread the work around, but, whatever the reason, 12 pitchers are too many.

    • Y-City Jim

      Have they said who’s going down to AAA when they promote Leake?Position player?

      Greg, I had heard Francisco.

      • Steve Price

        Greg, I had heard Francisco.

        Sending down Francisco doesn’t get Leake on the 40-man roster. Someone has to actually be designated for assignment, and they’re not going to do that to Francisco…unless he’s traded.

        Or, have I miscounted? I thought they had a full complement of 40…

      • Y-City Jim

        Sending down Francisco doesn’t get Leake on the 40-man roster.Someone has to actually be designated for assignment, and they’re not going to do that to Francisco…unless he’s traded.Or, have I miscounted?I thought they had a full complement of 40…

        I’m just repeating what Kelch and Brantley said the other day.

      • Steve Price

        I’m just repeating what Kelch and Brantley said the other day.

        Understand….and they may have to sent Francisco down (he needs to be in AAA) to Leake onto the 25…but, someone still has to be removed from the 40-man roster, too.

      • Y-City Jim

        Understand….and they may have to sent Francisco down (he needs to be in AAA) to Leake onto the 25…but, someone still has to be removed from the 40-man roster, too.

        Well Cairo is certainly wasting a spot on it.

      • Steve Price

        Well Cairo is certainly wasting a spot on it.

        Hey Cairo is a championship player and has batted .303 in post season play….and he’s played 1b in seven different seasons totaling 127 games. That’s versatility. 😀

      • mike

        Or, have I miscounted? I thought they had a full complement of 40…

        the 40 man roster is full as far as I understand as well

        the only players I see that could be removed would be
        Sutton, Cairo, Viola, or Lincoln

      • Steve Price

        the only players I see that could be removed would be
        Sutton, Cairo, Viola, or Lincoln

        Bye Drew Sutton, the most useful one of the four.

      • mike

        a little late for this comment but so what

        I like Herrera. Was really pulling for him last season and he looked really good today.
        He was throwing all sorts of junk. 74 MPH changeup, 74 MPH curve down low, some odd slider in the mid 80s. I swear he didn’t throw the same pitch twice today.

  99. Jared

    I’m still no fan of Chris Dickerson. He’s looked so completely lost the few times I’ve seen games that weren’t blacked out (grr!!). I’m reminded of this because he’s just about the only guy left that hasn’t gotten on base and he’s our lead off hitter.

  100. Y-City Jim

    Under the weather today but have been watching. Lot of man love for Francisco in the FSOH booth.

  101. BIGred053

    Great job by Stubbs and Francisco! Too bad cabrera is still looming in the on-deck circle… 🙁

  102. Matt B.

    @Travis G.: I saw Steven Tyler butcher God Bless America. He had to either drunk or high or both.

    • Steve Price

      I saw Steven Tyler butcher God Bless America. He had to either drunk or high or both.
      Reply

      As I mentioned before, I thought Tyler performed the song quite well, if not somewhat irreverently.

      I was embarrassed for Neil Diamond. He was the one who butchered a song, I thought, his very own “Sweet Caroline,” which I love. Diamond couldn’t carry the tune…I thought ESPN started muting his mic so the crowd could be heard.

  103. Matt B.

    Sigh, Dickerson with the K. He does look pretty awful at the plate. Cabrera needs to pull through here.

  104. Y-City Jim

    Nothing like having a free swinger batting in front of Votto.

  105. Matt B.

    And twice now Cabrera fails to get Votto to the plate in a big situation. Of course, it would probably help if Cabrera didn’t swing at everything.

  106. BIGred053

    Well, way to kill the inning right before Votto gets up to bat…

    • Y-City Jim

      I hope Cabrera’s offense doesn’t abandon him this year.

      Are you really expecting much from him?

  107. Steve Price

    Bill James is sold on defensive analysis at this point in his life (he’s with the Red Sox now). Says he loves Paul Janish and that Janish may be able to carry shortstop with his glove despite not having a bat. (did I mention Roy McMillian earlier?)

    • Y-City Jim

      Bill James is sold on defensive analysis at this point in his life (he’s with the Red Sox now).Says he loves Paul Janish and that Janish may be able to carry shortstop with his glove despite not having a bat.(did I mention Roy McMillian earlier?)

      I thought James was fairly upbeat on Janish offensively because he demonstrated an ability to get on base.

      • Steve Price

        I thought James was fairly upbeat on Janish offensively because he demonstrated an ability to get on base.
        Reply

        Janish has no abilty to get on base…lifetime OBP of .290. Hasn’t been above .330 since the A minors…he can hit a few doubles.

      • Y-City Jim

        Janish has no abilty to get on base…lifetime OBP of .290.Hasn’t been above .330 since the A minors…he can hit a few doubles.

        At the MLB level but I think James was looking at his MiLB numbers and assume with experience that he can come close to those. He also isn’t looking at him being a #2 hitter.

  108. BIGred053

    Nice to see Stubbs left in, wish they would have left in Francisco for Dickerson, or Nix.

  109. Matt B.

    Tying run at the plate in Bruce. Come on, big fella.

    Anyone see that the Blue Jays pitcher has a no-hitter through 6+?

  110. Matt B.

    Where is ESPN pulling Stubbs’ numbers from? They said he was .239 with 15 homers and 46 RBI last year.

  111. Greg Dafler

    They could option someone like Francisco to AAA to open up a spot on the 25-man roster, then try to pass someone like Valaika through waivers to open up a 40-man spot.

    I think it will be a position player, too. They usually like to carry 7 in the bullpen.

  112. pinson343

    I’m checking in late and only have a minute but I’ll bring up something that’s probably already been beaten to death. When I heard Lincoln was coming in, my heart skipped a beat. After he survived an inning, I breathed a deep sigh of relief.

    I couldn’t believe it when he came in a second inning, and what transpired was very predictable. Those two runs are on Dusty Baker, and changed the whole complexion of this game.

  113. Matt B.

    That’s what speed does. Great job, Stubbs!

  114. BIGred053

    Glad Stubbs didn’t start today. He would have been dreadful batting leadoff. 🙄

  115. nick in va

    Nice job by Stubbs to get a run in.

  116. Matt B.

    Agree with you completely, pinson. Lincoln should not have been sent back out there, let alone even been in the game at all.

  117. Matt B.

    6-4, but the Reds gave themselves a chance in the ninth now.

  118. Tom Diesman

    No big hits when it counts yet today.

  119. mike

    looks like a LOT of people have left the stadium already
    odd, opening day and only 2 runs down. who doesn’t stick around for the 9th on a day like today?

    • Travis G.

      looks like a LOT of people have left the stadium already
      odd, opening day and only 2 runs down. who doesn’t stick around for the 9th on a day like today?

      Cincinnati fans really are the worst.

  120. Greg Dafler

    Mike – the only opening day I attended in person was a beautiful day like today in April 2005. The Reds were down 2 going into the bottom of the 9th, and they won the game…2-R HR from Adam Dunn tied the game, and Randa followed with a GW solo shot. I don’t know why you wouldn’t stay until the end today.

    • Travis G.

      I don’t know why you wouldn’t stay until the end today.

      Molina’s grand slam is a pretty good reason, but I’d still stay ’til the end. Especially if I paid dearly for my tickets.

    • mike

      Perhaps they have ESP

      this made me laugh because it wasn’t 2 seconds after I posted wonder why so many people left that Stl scored

      and tomorrow is one of my least favorite days of the baseball season. It’s always bugged me that the Reds have a day off tomorrow.

  121. nick in va

    Looks like the undefeated season might be at risk.

    • Dave

      Looks like the undefeated season might be at risk.

      161-1?

  122. Tom Diesman

    Maybe Lincoln wasn’t so bad after all. 🙂

  123. nick in va

    @mike: My dad would leave early. If a baseball game where 8 innings he’d leave after 7.

  124. lukeukcrazy

    Molina’s grand slam is a killer

  125. Greg Dafler

    Hopefully Masset’s 2009 wasn’t a fluke/career year. He kind of came out of nowhere into a prominent setup role. It may take a few losses before the Reds would move him out of his 8th inning role.

    • Tom Diesman

      Hopefully Masset’s 2009 wasn’t a fluke/career year. He kind of came out of nowhere into a prominent setup role. It may take a few losses before the Reds would move him out of his 8th inning role.

      Kind of sounds like Burton a few years ago.

  126. BIGred053

    Well, we had some good run production. Especially considering the leadoff and second batters combined to be 1-10.

  127. hoosierdad

    @hoosierdad: Sorry! That was a response to TC in the 6th about why Owings wasn’t brought on instead of Lincoln. I hit “quote” instead of “reply”.

  128. hoosierdad

    @BIGred053: They did combine to go 1 for 10, but Dickerson’s only hit came way after the outcome was no longer in doubt. Can’t understand what DB didn’t start Stubbs. Makes no sense.

  129. Y-City Jim

    Looked like a Dusty Baker team today.

  130. The Mad Hatter

    Just watched the majority of the game on DVR and that was the only way to make Rolen and Cabrera look agile in the field.

  131. Chris Garber

    I saw Rolen in spring training and thought he was a coach. Literally, he looks like a burly 50-year-old man. Think Ted Kluzewski circa 1976.

    His upper body (waist, chest, and head) moves as single unit, ala Frankenstein.

    It is not a good sign when your 3b looks like he needs someone to tie his shoes for him.

  132. The Mad Hatter

    @Chris Garber:

    Just turned 40 myself and know how Rolen felt when he bent over to field the ground ball to his right. My mind tells me one thing, the body says ok we’ll try but don’t expect miracles.

  133. Chris Garber

    This team has some real talent, but it also has features that match up very poorly with its manager (three rapidly-aging infielders (incl. Ramon), a no-hit veteran sure to be overexposed off the bench, and young pitchers suitable for abusing). The only Dusty standard lacking is a fast CF who can’t hit.

  134. Y-City Jim

    So now the Reds have to have an “Opening Night” as well as an “Opening Day?”

    • Chris Garber

      So now the Reds have to have an “Opening Night” as well as an “Opening Day?”

      One year, the Padres had like five or six – they were dragging into May:

      Opening Day
      Opening Night
      Hispanic Opening Night
      North County Opening Night
      East County Opening Night

  135. The Mad Hatter

    And just to vent a little bit, what ever happened to being clean shaven displaying a professional attitude. I know everyone wants to sport a little attitude and individualism but the players I was looking at today, looked like guys off of a street corner.

    • Travis G.

      And just to vent a little bit, what ever happened to being clean shaven displaying a professional attitude.I know everyone wants to sport a little attitude and individualism but the players I was looking at today, looked like guys off of a street corner.

      I hate to be the one to tell you, but I think they’re standing on your lawn.

  136. The Mad Hatter

    And to pile on. From today’s boxscore:

    “Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hernandez, Ra 2; Cabrera, O; Rolen.”

    Thank god for clutch hitting and veteran leadership.

  137. Steve

    Just got back from the game and I have lots of thoughts but wanted to get two things off my chest right away.

    1. Dusty Baker sent Mike Lincoln out to pitch a second inning and face the heart of the Cardinals lineup. Why, when your bullpen is fresh, when you are off the next day, would you throw ANY bullpen pitcher more than one inning — let alone your WORST one? That’s the single worst move Dusty made all day.

    2. Orlando Cabrera is a looming disaster. There were two or three plays where his range may have cost the Reds a hit. He also was very slow turning a double play when it would have saved the Reds a run. His at bats are a joke so far. We literally have our WORST hitter batting in front of Joey Votto. Votto batted only one time today with runners on, and singled that time.

    Okay, a third thing.

    3. That Pujols guy may make it someday.

  138. Glenn

    Not sure why we still pitch to that Pujols guy.

  139. earl

    I’ll give you Harang in the 2nd giving up the tater to Pujols, but Mike Lincoln should have a yellow light giving that guy a strike.

    We got killed by that guy last year. If it was me, I’d either hit Pujols or walk him or make him reach for something that he can’t drive. You have to make Ryan Ludwick get the hit and that is only going to happen maybe 1 out 4 times. Pujols beat the Reds single handedly at least two or three games, by pitching to him. Criminy give up the single run and make the guy behind him make the swing.

    I didn’t see the game today at all, but flipping on the box when I got home, I saw ex-Red reliever Jeff Russell’s son James Russell pitch his first game in the bigs today with the Cubs. He’s a lefty, but he looks a quite a bit like his dad. Probably too early to tell on the temper, but hopefully he isn’t quite as volatile as his Dad. That guy could make Dibble seem calm as Steve Carlton.

  140. Furniture City Red

    Random thoughts…

    – Pujols is a beast…Just. Walk. Him.
    – Is it too early to give Cabrera the nickname ‘Rally Killer’ ?
    – Votto is a beast…Too bad Cabrera leaves him standing in the on deck circle with runners on.
    – Harang looked ok…I was worried that he’d get shelled and never make it out of the 1st.
    – Stubbs needs to play.
    – Really worried about Cabrera…Not the least bit impressed with what I saw out of him today.
    – Really worried about Dusty…’cause no matter how bad Cabrera might turn out to be he’s gonna be hitting 2nd.
    – Really, Really happy it’s Baseball Season !

  141. hoosierdad

    @BJ Ruble: This is not a “bump in the road”. As long as DB is in charge it’s a major roadblock. Stubbs was hot the last half of ST – he sits in favor of Dickerson. Janish sprayed the ball all over the field in ST – he sits in favor of Cabrerra. Owings pitched great in ST – he sits in favor of Lincoln. Cairo did nothing in ST – he pinch hits. I’m sorry, I just don’t think DB can do the job.

  142. anthony_in_ohio

    I can’t figure out why Mike Lincoln was the first reliever to get the nod. He is the absolute worst reliever on the team. He shouldn’t be on the team and he certainly should be the first reliever called upon. Lincoln should only pitch when they are down 10 in the 7th. I was hoping all spring Lincoln would get sent to the minors, but it didn’t happen. Dusty always has his guy that he won’t give up on no matter what.