After starting the season on the road for the first time in over 30 years, the Cincinnati Reds will open the gates for the first time at Great American Ball Park this season. The Reds split their opening series of the season with Atlanta and now host the Cleveland Guardians to kick off the home schedule.
Here’s the lineup for Tuesday’s home opener:
|Myles Straw – CF||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Steven Kwan – LF||Tyler Naquin – RF|
|Jose Ramirez – 3B||Tommy Pham – LF|
|Franmil Reyes – DH||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Amed Rosario – SS||Tyler Stephenson – C|
|Owen Miller – 1B||Nick Senzel – CF|
|Oscar Mercado – RF||Mike Moustakas – 3B|
|Andres Gimenez – 2B||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Austin Hedges – C||Jake Fraley – DH|
|Shane Bieber – SP||Tyler Mahle – SP|
Stats are from 2021.
|Links: Tyler Mahle’s Stats | Shane Bieber’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.
In the season opener he picked up the win while being charged with an unearned run in 5.0 innings. He held the Braves to just three hits and two walks while striking out seven batters.
One of the best pitchers in baseball, Shane Bieber has a 2.91 ERA over his last 63 games dating back to the start of the 2019 season. He’s made two All-Star teams in that span (there have only been two All-Star teams to be made) and he’s won a Cy Young Award.
Bieber has interesting splits. Lefties certainly hit better against him in 2021, but they also struck out significantly more. When they made contact they made it count – at least by comparison to what righties did.
Pitch Usage (in 2021)
When and Where
- Game time: 4:10pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 65°, cloudy, 20% chance of rain
News and Notes
Phil Castellini tells Reds fans to be careful what they ask for
This morning Reds COO Phil Castellini joined hosts Mo Egger and Scott Sloane on 700 WLW and he said some things that if he were being advised by a marketing firm on what to say would absolutely have been on the list of things NOT to say. He complained that the games economics work against the Reds, said where else will fans go, a new owner might move the team to make more money – it wasn’t great. We wrote about it here, addressing many of the points Castellini attempted to make, and have a link so you can listen to it in its entirety.
Lucas Sims sent to Triple-A to begin a rehab assignment
Reliever Lucas Sims will join the Louisville Bats starting tonight for a rehab assignment. The Bats are on the road in Omaha for the next six days.
Nick Lodolo officially named the starter for Wednesday
The worst kept secret in Cincinnati was confirmed by the club this morning when they officially announced Nick Lodolo would start the game tomorrow. He’s not on the roster yet and the team will need to make both a 40-man and a 28-man roster move to activate him.
Luis Castillo threw a bullpen session today
Luis Castillo is throwing a bullpen session at GABP. Reds hope he’ll be on track to return by the end of April.
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) April 12, 2022
Can the Reds get Steven Kwan out?
Guardians left fielder Steven Kwan has played in four Major League Baseball games. He’s picked up nine hits and five walks. He’s hitting an absurd .692 with a .789 on-base percentage. Kwan hasn’t struck out in the regular season in 19 plate appearances. He didn’t strike out in 34 plate appearances in the spring. Last year to end the season he played in four games against the Reds Triple-A affiliate the Louisville Bats and in four games he also didn’t strike out. His last strikeout game on September 26th against the Nashville Sounds – 72 plate appearances ago.
Around the Beat
Jonathan India’s rise
Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote about Jonathan India’s journey and how he got the help from his parents along the way. Also, Jonathan India’s dad can bench press your dad.
Nick Senzel clears the air with the organization
Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer has a piece on Nick Senzel that looks back at what happened last year, how Senzel went about his offseason, and how things were addressed when he got into Goodyear.