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:
Derek Dietrich takes @JeffPiecoro through his clutch homer and describes the incredible energy he’s already feeling from his @Reds teammates and fans.#RedsOpeningDay | #BornToBaseball pic.twitter.com/FmUGQaToAx
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) March 28, 2019
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.
|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.
|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 BaseballSavant.com.
News and Notes
Due to the forecasted inclement weather, Saturday’s free #KidsOpeningDay party and red carpet parade has been moved inside the ballpark and will go on as planned. The main entrance gate opens at 9:30 a.m. and the party will begin at 10 a.m. Standard ballpark entry policies apply. pic.twitter.com/t1JnIxf3ax
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) March 29, 2019
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