"I've been around 38 years and have never seen anyone throw the ball as hard as he does consistently," Reds Hall of Fame radio broadcaster Marty Brennaman said. "I have reservations about his command. I haven't seen any indication from my perspective that his command is any better now than when he came up to the club last year. ... I think he has to show better command when the season begins, in order for him to successfully do the job that he's going to be asked to do."Worth noting
The Reds and Brewers last faced each other on Opening Day in 2000, and it was a memorable game. The two clubs played the first Opening Day tie in 35 years, as the game was called because of rain after a three-hour delay, with the score 3-3 in the sixth. ... The Reds are 109-98-1 all-time against the Brew Crew, including 11-3 last year. The Reds have won 15 of the last 18 meetings. ... Newly retired Cincinnati police chief Tom Streicher will be tossing the ceremonial first pitch and Brian McKnight will be singing the National Anthem before the game. The Reds will also have a special tribute to Sparky Anderson, who passed away this winter.