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?


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


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.