Yeah, the “real” spring training games won’t start until tomorrow (when the Reds face Cleveland), but the Reds have an intrasquad game today that should be plenty interesting.

The good guys will be playing the good guys, but take a look at the lineups below. You’ll notice that the home lineup seems pretty close to what we all expect to see on Opening Day. Orlando Cabrera should be dropped to 7th or 8th (but that will never happen because, as we know, the shortstop must bat second in Dusty Baker’s lineup) and Scott Rolen should be hitting second, but I’m not going to get worked up over lineups in an intrasquad scrimmage.

I swear, I’m not going to get worked up. Too early for that, right?

Right?

Anyway, here are the lineups for today’s titanic struggle, courtesy of John Fay:

Home team

Drew Stubbs cf
Orlando Cabrera ss
Joey Votto 1b
Brandon Phillips 2b
Scott Rolen 3b
Jay Bruce rf
Jonny Gomes lf
Ramon Hernandez c
Devin Mesoraco DH
Homer Bailey p

Visitors

Chris Dickerson cf
Paul Janish ss
Laynce Nix lf
Juan Francisco 3b
Wladimir Balentien rf
Yonder Alonso 1b
Todd Frazier 2b
Ryan Hanigan c
Wilkin Castillo dh
Aaron Harang p

Of course, what we’re all interested to see is how Aroldis Chapman performs in a somewhat-competitive situation. Stay tuned.

13 Responses

  1. Chad Dotson

    I skipped right over that, Greg. The fact that Frazier is playing 2B is great news, as far as I’m concerned. I predict he will be the starting 2B in Cincinnati at some point this season (I expect BP to be traded).

  2. Chad Dotson

    @Kurt Frost: I hope not.

    If Dusty managed the Big Red Machine, he would’ve had Geronimo and Concepcion leading off. Yep, the two worst hitters in a lineup of legendary players would have gotten more ABs than anyone else.

    • Chad Dotson

      FWIW, I don’t think Baker’s back unless this team makes the playoffs..a winning record won’t do it.

      I think Bill’s right here. Jocketty will want to bring in his own guy, and the only way Dusty can justify another contract will be a playoff appearance.

  3. RedinFla

    The CF and SS are 1-2 in both lineups. That is fantastic. Is there any way they resign Dusty?

    You saying resign or re-sign? I guess they both mean the same thing.

    The cf – ss thing steamed me too. 🙄

  4. TC

    The home team looks to be close to the opening day lineup (other than the pitcher and DH). Here’s to hoping the visitors win, eh? I’d love to see that kind of depth.

    Dusty. 😥

  5. OOT

    I’m guessing that it is not a coincidence that both players starting at DH are also catchers. Might explain why two people not known for their bats are in the lineup at DH.

  6. Sean

    I agree with David, although I think I’d rather them give our 1st round catcher a look than Danny Dorn, who I doubt will ever amount to anything in the majors.

    I was very surprised to see this development.

  7. RedinFla

    Not much to add. The notion of Janish batting second just speaks for itself. I will say though, I feel better about the names on the two lineups combined than I would have felt anytime in at least the last 4 seasons.

    Ditto, definitely. I’m a big Janish fan, just not in the 2-spot.

    Didn’t I suggest a while back that there MIGHT be enough optimism to find some other name besides Titanic? 8)

  8. Mark in CC

    All the so called experts might take note of Juan Francisco hitting in the 4 hole while higher rated prospects Alonso and Frazier hitting 6 and 7.

  9. WORLD

    The YES network reported this afternoon that the Reds were very interested in Gary Matthews Jr. and that the Mets would probably trade him this spring.

    Just thought y’all might be interested.

  10. hoosierdad

    Sounds as though Arroyo had a fairly good outing. Considering he hadn’t pitched since August he did quite well.