Despite the 1-0 loss to the Cardinals on Opening Day, the Reds had some things to be happy about…

  • Johnny Cueto.  The Reds ace, who was limited to 11 starts last season, was at his best Monday afternoon.  He went toe-to-toe with Adam Wainwright, allowing just 1 run on 3 hits over 7.0 innings.  Cueto fanned 8 while issuing just 1 walk.
  • Todd Frazier.  The Reds third baseman went 2-for-3 with a walk and a heads-up stolen base off Wainwright.
  • Jay Bruce.  Though he went hitless, Bruce managed a base-on-balls, made a fine catch in foul territory and was selective at the plate.  He made Wainwright work.  Bruce saw 3, 5, 6 and 7 pitches, respectively in his plate appearances.
  • Brandon Phillips.  Sure, he was cut down at the plate as the tying run with no outs, but he was running on contact.; really nothing you can do about that.  Phillips singled and walked twice.  Last season, Brandon had played 7 games before he had 2 walks – showing that he’s trying to reach base  with Votto and Bruce hitting behind him.
  • 161 games left.
  • The second-largest regular season crowd in Great American Ball Park history – 43,134.
  • Larkin and Concepcion throwing out today’s first pitches.
  • Beautiful weather.  In February a ground hog’s shadow determines the fate of Spring.  On Opening Day in Cincinnati, if the weather is nice, it means the Reds will have a great season (proven fact, don’t even bother looking it up).

Take a breather, tomorrow.  The boys will be back on the diamond Wednesday night.  I hope you folks can make it to GABP.  It’s going to be a fun night…and a fun season, I promise!

Expect good news,



1 Comment

Cozart looked nice at short too. Tough loss, but so glad that Cueto pitched so well.

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