Other than the pitcher, the Reds’ probable Opening Day lineup takes the field at Goodyear Ballpark today against the Kansas City Royals. Not only is this great to see because it’s a big fresh reminder that Opening Day is only FOUR days away, but it’s also an indication that the starting eight are healthy /knocks furiously on wood/.

The game will be broadcast on 1360 WSAI-AM in Cincinnati and on MLB.com.

  1. Shin-Soo Choo CF
  2. Brandon Phillips 2B
  3. Joey Votto 1B
  4. Ryan Ludwick LF
  5. Jay Bruce RF
  6. Todd Frazier 3B
  7. Zack Cozart SS
  8. Ryan Hanigan C
  9. Mat Latos P

Remember last Saturday when you held your breath for a few hours during the basketball tournament? It was after we learned that Mat Latos had gotten hit in the right shin/ankle by a line drive and before we found out the X-rays were negative. Mat’s apparently back and ready to go. He’ll likely start the second game of the regular season, next Wednesday, on Opening Night.

Mike Leake pitched well yesterday. Over six innings he gave up one run on five hits and one walk. He struck out four. Three Reds starters hit home runs: Choo, Ludwick and Votto. It’s looking extremely safe to assume that JoeyMVP has his power stroke back.

On the not-so-smiling side of the scoreboard, Logan Ondrusek gave up a two-run homer in his one inning of work. He’s allowed seven runs in his last three appearances.

It looks like Miguel Olivo may sign to play for the Miami Marlins – sort of in-between a minor league and major league job.

I still have a single ticket available for Opening Day. Email me at steve@redlegnation.com if you’re interested. It’s an amazing seat.