The Cincinnati Reds managed to hold the inimitable Christian Yelich in the yard in the series opener on Monday, preventing the reigning NL MVP from homering in his fifth consecutive game to start the 2019 season. That would’ve been a record, of course.
It’s little consolation admitting that Yelich did still manage to score the game-winning run for the Milwaukee Brewers in the Top of the 9th off the rusty Raisel Iglesias, though. So, let’s hope both the lose-y nature of the past few days, bad Iggy, and the cadre of awful news stories surrounding the Reds all get kicked to the curb tonight.
Anthony DeSclafani will make his 2019 debut for the Reds, and he’ll do so at an earlier point in a season than most 72 year olds can remember. Healthy all spring, Disco is poised for a return to the great form he showed when he first came to the Reds from the Miami Marlins all those years ago, and a bang-up start tonight would do wonders for both he and the Reds at this juncture.
Opposite him on the mound will bhe thhe ahgeless Jhoulys Chacin, who is fresh off a bounce-back 2018 season that new Reds pitching coach Derek Johnson helped orchestrate. Here’s to hoping their breakup benefits the Reds in short order.
First pitch is set for 6:40 PM ET, so don’t be half an hour late tuning in because you’re used to the old start times. If recency bias holds, you’ll be watching the Reds bullpen at that point, anyway.