Devin Mesoraco, the Reds' likely Opening Day catcher, has caught Johnny Cueto, the Reds' likely Opening Day pitcher, a grand total of one inning in the regular season.

The two have been teammates since Mesoraco broke into the majors in 2011. Mesoraco has caught a total of 25 pitches from Cueto in the regular season. Since Cueto joined the Reds in 2008, seven other catchers have been behind the plate for Cueto more than Mesoraco's lone inning – Ramon Hernandez (385 2/3 innings), Ryan Hanigan (361), Paul Bako (134 2/3), Corky Miller (36), David Ross (28 1/3), Craig Tatum (11) and Dioner Navarro (7).

Mesoraco only caught Cueto once – last July, when Hanigan was injured. Cueto left that start, at Texas, after just one inning after aggravating the lat injury that cost him most of the 2013 season.

Former Reds manager Dusty Baker preferred to match up his battery instead of his catcher against the starting pitcher. Last year Mesoraco caught Mike Leake and Mat Latos, while Hanigan caught Arroyo, Cueto and Bailey. Before Cueto was teamed up with Hanigan, Hernandez primarily caught Cueto.

With Baker and Hanigan gone and Bryan Price in charge and Brayan Pena as the backup, that's not going to be the case any longer.

"Devin's the No. 1 catcher. He's going to catch more than he's caught in the past here," Price said early in camp, and has given no indication that those plans have changed. "We feel like he's ready to lead our staff. Brayan's going to be the second guy. Unless there's a reason to do it, I don't have any intention on lining up our starters with one particular catcher over the course of the entire year."

For Mesoraco, that's a welcome statement. Not only is it nice to hear he'll be the No. 1 guy (something that was all but declared from Walt Jocketty's office when Pena was signed in November), but it's a strategy that makes more sense to him.

Now, it will matter just as much which pitcher is starting for the other team as it does who is starting for the Reds, and that's how Mesoraco likes it.