The Cincinnati Reds will open up the 2022 season tonight on ESPN2 as they take on the Atlanta Braves. It’s going to be a little bit different this year as the Reds are opening up on the road due to the lockout pushing the schedule back a week. The last time that happened was 1990 and some pretty good things happened that season for Cincinnati. After back-to-back winning seasons, Cincinnati’s roster looks a lot different now – some of that is due to injuries out of the gate, but a lot of it is due to free agency and trades. The team is without Nick Castellanos, Jesse Winker, Eugenio Suárez, Tucker Barnhart, Sonny Gray, Wade Miley, and Amir Garrett. But it’s a new year and with it brings new hope – though plenty of that hope has waned already after all of the moves.
Here’s the first lineup of the 2022 season:
|Jonathan India – 2B||Eddie Rosario – RF|
|Aristides Aquino – RF||Matt Olson – 1B|
|Tommy Pham – LF||Austin Riley – 3B|
|Joey Votto – 1B||Marcell Ozuna – LF|
|Tyler Stephenson – C||Ozzie Albies – 2B|
|Nick Senzel – CF||Adam Duvall – CF|
|Mike Moustakas – DH||Travis d’Arnaud – C|
|Kyle Farmer – SS||Alex Dickerson – DH|
|Brandon Drury – 3B||Dansby Swanson – SS|
|Tyler Mahle – SP||Max Fried – SP|
Stats are from 2021.
|Links: Tyler Mahle’s Stats | Max Fried’s Stats
The 2021 season was a breakout one for Tyler Mahle, though the breakout probably started in 2020. But some weird stuff happened in 2021 for Mahle as he was one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball when he was on the road (2.30 ERA in 18 starts), but when he pitched at home he pitched like a guy who should probably be in Triple-A (5.63 ERA in 15 starts). His splits versus lefties and righties were big, too. Mahle dominated lefties, while righties were quite good against him.
Pitch Usage (in 2021)
The lefty is one of the better starters in baseball over the last two seasons, going 21-7 in that span over 39 starts while posting an ERA of 2.84. Surprisingly, lefties hit better against him last season – though it was almost exclusively because they hit for more power than picking up more hits or walking at a much higher rate.
Pitch Usage (in 2021)
When and Where
- Game time: 8:08pm ET
- Where: Truist Park, Atlanta
- Watch: ESPN2
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 60°, sunny, 1% chance of rain
News and Notes
Redleg Nation Roundup
The Opening Day Roster
In case you missed it, here is the Cincinnati Reds opening day roster. There are no real surprises at this point other than maybe the part where Nick Lodolo is on the taxi squad and not on the 28-man roster.
Where the Reds are projected to finish the season
We took a look around at the various project systems to see what they thought the Reds could do during the season and where they would finish. It may surprise some to find out that most put them in second or third place within in the division.
Opening up on the road just isn’t right
This morning John Ring wrote about starting on the road and how strange that happens to be before looking back at past opening days.
Around the Beat
Tyler Stephenson and Jonathan India are ready to take over
C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic wrote about who could be the next “guys” on the Reds once Joey Votto’s career is over and focuses on two guys entering their second full season – reigning Rookie of the Year Jonathan India, as well as catcher Tyler Stephenson.
Alexis Diaz, Daniel Duarte are grateful for their opportunity
Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote about the two relievers who are going to be in the big leagues for the first time this year. Diaz and his brother Edwin will be the first brothers from Puerto Rico to pitch in the big leagues. Duarte, who a year ago was getting advice from the best hitting pitcher of all time – Bartolo Colon – while pitching in Mexico, has made an incredibly impressive year that’s now gotten him to the big leagues.