It's Opening Businessman's Special Day! Doesn't quite have the same ring to it, does it?
Bronson Arroyo has said many times that he doesn't like pitching in day games. His ERA is nearly half-run higher during the daylight hours than at night time. His walks and home runs allowed are both slightly higher during the daytime, though he strikes out a few more during the day than at night. I'm not sure any of this matters though. The difference in the numbers is negligible and I doubt the time of day matters more than the opponent he is facing. I hope he's more worried about the Cardinals than the sunlight today.
The Reds didn't face Brad Penny last year as he spent most of the year in Boston before ending the season in San Francisco. He's been a thorn in the Reds' side his whole career (7-2, 3.36), but he's especially been damaging at Great American Ball Park, where he is 5-0 with a 1.91 ERA in five starts. This doesn't bode well for a Reds offense that isn't well-equipped for success. Hopefully we'll see the Penny that pitched for the Sox last year instead of the one that has battered the Reds for so long.
Also I hope we see a more patient offense at the plate. The Reds had 12 at-bats last night that ended in 2 or fewer pitches. I'm not saying they should take pitches just to take them, but if you're not hitting the ball well, what's the rush? At least force the pitcher to throw some pitches. Make them to get you out and then maybe we'll get to that Cardinals bullpen that is supposed the weak link on the team.
Despite all of the rain, forecasts say that we'll get this one in today. That's super because I'm heading down to the park to watch and I'd really like to see a win!