» PITCHING: Johnson says Reds have flexibility with rotation
The Reds play the Detroit Tigers on Opening Day to start the 60-game season July 24 at Great American Ball Park, starting a three-game series. They then play four games at home against the Chicago Cubs.
Luis Castillo, who started the opener last season, and Trevor Bauer will pitch the second two games against the Tigers. Wade Miley and Anthony DeSclafani will pitch the first two games against the Cubs.
Tyler Mahle and Lucas Sims will be the top candidates to pitch in long relief to start the season.
"We believe in all our guys so much," Bell said. "We could have come up with any order and felt great about it. Some of it had to do with their readiness. That was kind of the No. 1 factor. The second factor was to the best of our ability matching up with our opposition the best we can."
Bell said the Reds had not decided on an Opening Day starter when spring training was suspended by the coronavirus pandemic March 12.
"Every time we got close, something made us back off finalizing it," Bell said. "Maybe it was the whole pandemic. But for whatever reason, we never got there."