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

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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 …

5 Responses

  1. Steven Ross

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. CP

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