#REDS DROP THE OPENER BUT….
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,