No surprises here. Perhaps I’m hopelessly romantic about the beginning of the 2017 season, and that’s making me more optimistic than usual…but there is a lot of potential in that starting eight. Add Devin Mesoraco into the mix eventually, and I can see this group scoring a lot of runs.

I’ll just sit over here and dream, if it’s alright with you…

22 Responses

  1. Jim Walker

    Interesting that Mesoraco is officially disabled for “right hip surgical recovery”. No mention of his left shoulder surgical recovery. I wonder if they flipped a coin; or perhaps there is was some perceived procedural advantage in doing it the way they did, like perhaps they don’t have to continue to document on the record to MLB what is going on with his shoulder?

    • Janet

      The hip was operated on more recently than the shoulder. (Not to be confused with the other hip, which was operated on the previous year.)

      • Jim Walker

        Makes sense. Always the simplest reason if a person takes time to think things thru 🙂

  2. Steve

    Looks like it’s a lock for Arroyo to make a start on the 8th. Wonder what transaction will be made to put him on the 40 man roster? Can players on the DL be DFAd?

    • Tom Mitsoff

      If Arroyo gets through his minor league start today without incident, it’s likely that Cody Reed will go down when Arroyo is activated. Or, if some other pitcher gets hurt between now and the 8th, a disabled list placement would open a spot for Arroyo.

    • Jim Walker

      Brice and Disco both look like they could be prime 60 day DL candidates to create that spot.

  3. Jim Walker

    I’m looking but haven’t found much yet except that @zachENQ tweeted it was a procedural move required to get Disco onto the 10 Day DL. Zach also confirmed your thoughts that Travieso draws MLB pay and accrues MLB service time while on the 60 day DLlist.

  4. Eric The Red

    With the new 10 day DL and a surplus of guys who could theoretically start hanging out in the bullpen like Stephenson and Reed, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a few strategic DL trips designed to keep fresh arms on the 25 man roster the first few weeks.

  5. GreatRedLegsFan

    Looking into the near future the starting rotation should include Garrett, Romano, Castillo, Davis plus one of Reed/Stephenson. I guess the days of Bailey as a starter are long gone and Disco should be a good trade bait once healthy again (?).

    • David

      That seems logical at some point after July 31, the Interleague trading deadline. Feldman and especially Bronson are obviously not long term solutions to the Reds pitching staff.
      I think Homer should have been in the bullpen last year when he came back, but may end up there this year. And I think that Homer may get traded next Fall after the 2017 season if he looks healthy. And I would not bet too much money that Disco will pitch much in 2017. Sort of sad, but the life of a ML Pitcher.

  6. Mike Adams

    Hoping someone will give us details of how Arroyo’s start goes today in AZ?

  7. Mark Lang

    Here’s to hoping I’m spectacularly wrong about how this season is going to go. Go Reds!

  8. Darrin

    Yup, and a guy who rarely takes pitches hitting behind the fastest man in baseball.

    • Eric The Red

      Votto should definitely be hitting 2nd. On top of everything else, his OBP skills put more pressure on the pitcher in the 1st inning; walking Votto with one out is more painful than walking him with two out.

  9. Indy Red Man

    Wow….I think that Dbacks/Giants game is one of the best opening day games I’ve ever seen! 2 things I took out of it. Baumgartner is the 1st pitcher to ever hit 2 HRs on opening day. Its because he’s a great athlete and strong as an ox! Aren’t the pitchers usually your best hitters growing up in little league? My point is…Lorenzen is a big strong kid and could’ve got drafted as a hitter. Let him pinch-hit on his days off or pinch-hit then come into the game and also possibly pinch-run sometimes if you need a fast guy to score on a 2 out hit. 2nd thing….Melancon blew the save with 2 outs and nobody on base. I don’t know how he was 113/123 in saves in the last few years because he’s never seemed overwhelming to me? I don’t agree with the thinking that the closer isn’t important. The Giants blew 9 games w/a 9th inning lead and already have 1 this year. The psychology of blowing games like that really carries forward imo. The Reds season was going decently a few years ago and Cordero blew 2 games in Milw and our season went downhill from there.

  10. Grapes

    I think I remember reading somewhere that you can’t put a player on the 60-day DL unless it is at the ML level. So in order to open the spot on the 40-man, they would have had to do it that way.

  11. Carl Sayre

    I wonder if making the move with Travieso is an indicator on what the team thinks about the chance of making it to the majors so they aren’t worried about the service time clock? The amount of payroll for league minimum for 2 months is not very much in the overall budget, so if they don’t think he will make it to the major leagues or at least not as a Red it is not significant!