Live Reds baseball is back. Hallelujah!

The Reds play Cleveland at Goodyear Ballpark today at 3 p.m. ET. You can watch on MLB.TV and Fox Sports Ohio. You can listen on WLW Radio with coverage starting at 2:30 p.m.

The Reds inaugural lineup of the spring training:

  1. Jake Cave CF
  2. Eugenio Suarez 3B
  3. Joey Votto 1B
  4. Brandon Phillips 2B
  5. Jay Bruce RF
  6. Adam Duvall LF
  7. Yorman Rodriguez DH
  8. Ivan De Jesus SS
  9. Tucker Barnhart C

The starting position players are scheduled for five innings, then will be replaced by Tyler Holt, Jordan Pacheco, Brandon Allen, Jose Peraza, Jesse Winker, Scott Schebler, Kyle Waldrop, Calten Daal and Chad Wallach.

Veterans Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips get a start in Game One. Eugenio Suarez, who is moving to 3B this year, also starts and will bat second. Devin Mesoraco (hip impingement), Zack Cozart (blowed up knee) and Billy Hamilton (right shoulder), all of whom are recovering from off-season surgeries, have the first game off. Manager Bryan Price says they are healthy scratches and simply being eased back. All the outfielders in the competition for starting in LF will get playing time.

Jon Moscot will start for the Reds on the mound. Moscot’s 2015 season ended when he separated his non-throwing shoulder making a tag on a play. Left hander Brandon Finnegan is also scheduled to get an inning of work.

Play ball!

80 Responses

  1. WVRedlegs

    The Miami Marlins reliever Carter Capps is having an MRI, likely out for year. Marlins are beating the bushes for an affordable reliever or two. Might this be a time to try to sell high on JJ Hoover or Jumbo Diaz?? Strike while iron is hot.

    • Jack

      Neither are closer material and,shouldn’t be thought of as needs for the future. I agree with you sir and trade them for something other than a bag of balls.

    • Patrick Jeter

      If the Marlins were willing to give anything for Hoover or Diaz, you gotta do it. Neither one is anything special and won’t figure prominently in the next Reds contender.

  2. Patrick Jeter

    Never thought I’d play hookey to watch a spring training game, but gosh I miss baseball. And, having a newborn is a good excuse to give to your boss!

    Hey, hey! Let’s play two today!

    • greenmtred

      I hope that your boss doesn’t follow RLN, Patrick.

      • Patrick Jeter

        He’s a retired Navy Captain, former surfer guy from Cali… not sure he even knows who the Reds are!

  3. lwblogger2

    In the office and can’t watch today. Bummer.

  4. Patrick Jeter

    Well, first baserunner of the year gets throw out by 25 feet at home… nothing ever changes. Good work, Billy Hatcher.

      • ChrisInVenice

        Hey, working the spring training kinks out! Hopefully, Billy has it down by Opening Day.

  5. seat101

    Will someone please describe the play at the plate? My 2 1/2 year-old had hidden the remote! Don’t worry he still alive.

    • Patrick Jeter

      Suarez hit a double to the wall the other way, Cave was on 1st and was waved around by Hatcher. The ball arrived at home long before Cave. There wasn’t even a slide. My 25 ft estimate was probably a bit exaggerated, but Cave was easily out by 15 feet.

      • Grant Freking

        Looked like a bout of miscommunication. Cave definitely slowed up before third. Spring for all involved.

      • Patrick Jeter

        Yep! Absolutely. Just funny, given the Reds woes on the basepaths the last half-decade.

      • seat101

        Has Billy Hatcher ever been a third-base coach?

        Thanks for the update! The one piece of advice I want to give you advice a given to me when I was a new father: enjoy every moment as it is-don’t look forward to what’s coming next and don’t regret was gone in the past so much that you ignore today! Today is the best day followed by a better day tomorrow.

      • Gaffer

        Article in Enquirer today about this exactly! Basically Hatcher has no experience but wanted to graduate from 1B. I bet he will be fired by next year.

      • Grant Freking

        Hatcher was a third base coach with the Rays in 2000.

  6. Shchi Cossack

    Well, I think the 2016 season may havwe been summarized in the 1st half of the 1st inning of spring training. 1B open…Votto walks.

    It’s early still. There’s a lot of spring training to go before the season. I like Cave and Suarez hitting in the top of the lineup during spring when they are in the lineup. The Reds had a 1.000 OBP for the season after the 1st 4 hitters!

  7. seat101

    As an aside, I occasionally sell baseball cards on eBay. It was interesting to see how the interest in Homer Bailey virtually disappeared after his injury. If he throws another no-hitter, his cards value will go out of sight.

    It’s a case of “what have you done for me lately?”.

  8. seat101

    Gaffer – it will be interesting to see If The veterans respect him.

    • Gaffer

      As an integral member of my favorite Reds team, I love Hatcher. He is an easy scapegoat for this awful team however which is why he should not have asked to do it.

  9. preacherj

    Baseball!!!! On our way to a pennant, baby.

  10. preacherj

    I wonder if billy brought him over

    • Keith

      Maybe he knew they’d just walk Joey if there was a man on 2nd. He wants to see Joey hit!

  11. Patrick Jeter

    Suarez is going to make me look good… have a post going up Friday morning on Eugenio Suarez and his ability to hit the ball hard.

  12. preacherj

    Phillips in midseason form i see

  13. Shchi Cossack

    Cave 2-2 and Suarez 2-2 with 2-2B at the top of the order. Now if the baserunning kinks get worked out…

  14. preacherj

    Good job by Finnegan. That inning was made uneccisarily hard but i like seeing him strand the runner on third

  15. Shchi Cossack

    Great job by Finnegan working out of trouble created by the defensive error in the 3rd.

  16. Darrin

    8 hits in 4 innings, did that even happen last year? Ha.

  17. Shchi Cossack

    Yeah, it’s just the 1st game of spring training, but I like what’s happening so far. Bruce raking to CF could be a really good sign of things to come.

    • greenmtred

      Careful, Cossack: the greater the height, the further to fall.

  18. preacherj

    Even watching Thom do commercials us entertaining right now

  19. preacherj

    A little surprised no one from the Indians dugout came out to check on Santana. He had to use his bat to stand up

  20. preacherj

    This inning has been prototypical cingrani. Looks very dominant, gets dominated, and ends up picking off a runner.

  21. preacherj

    A walk and two opposite field hits. It’s good to see Joey

    • preacherj

      And then BP with the DP. Some things don’t change

      • Jack

        Lol I thought about mr. DP on the way home from work. He shouldn’t be hitting in the top 6.

  22. magi210

    Votto in midseason form. walk and 2 hits. (For those who are still office bound, Reds up 5-1 in the 5th)

  23. VaRedsFan

    Game is on about an inning delay on MLB Network

  24. VaRedsFan

    Chapman gets a 30 game suspension from MLB. About 25 more than I thought, for a guy that got charged with nothing.

      • seat101

        The list of factors is inchoate but two factors are self reporting and witness cooperation.

        Not helpful in this case.

      • Keith

        Plus, MLB knew it could be harsh, setting an example, on Chapman as long as the length would allow him to still be a free agent. The salary money lost this year should be made up in free agency added dollars.

    • lwblogger2

      Yeah, the suspension seemed a bit extreme for someone who wasn’t charged with a crime.

  25. msanmoore

    Got home and watched the video of Schebler’s butt catch and wrist-flick homer. And of course Ay-You-Hay-Knee-Oh and his double (skipping the induced TOOTBLAN for now).

    Let the fun begin!

    • vegastypo

      Suarez was out easily, but not quite as easily as the first inning TOOTBLAN at the plate. The Reds were halfway to the TOOTBLAN cycle.

  26. Indy RedMan

    I figured it out now who Suarez reminds me of…after living in Texas from 87-98. Its Julio Franco….a line drive machine with 15-20 hr power and mediocre defender.

    • JoshG

      if he turns into Julio Franco, I would be very happy

      • IndyRedMan

        Yeah…that’s def a best case scenario! The kid has a short swing though and looks like he can rake. He’s a steal…especially when you consider Simon will prob be out of baseball by 2018

  27. Kyle Farmer

    “Blowed Up Knee” is the perfect medical description for what happened to Cozart!

  28. Mark Lang

    My stomach actually hurt a little when I saw Phillips penciled in at the clean-up slot.

  29. Shchi Cossack

    After having time to digest the 1st spring training game, the Old Cossack is excited to be engaged with the 2016 Spring Training season. Some observations of the 1st game from the Old Cossack’s recliner:

    • Shchi Cossack

      The bats…

      #1 hole (CF): [Cave & Holt] 2-4 w/ 1-BB & 1-SO for .600 OBP & 1.000 OPS
      This is a top of the lineup performance needed by the Reds, get on base by hook or crook. Cave worked the count in all 3 PA, making solid contact on both hits. I’ll say it again…Cave & Holt should platoon in CF until they prove themselves ineffective in a top-of-the-lineup platoon.

      #2 hole (3B): [Suarez & Pacheco] Suarez was 2-3 w/ 2-2B & 1-SO for .667 OBP & 2.000 OPS
      Suarez is better suited for hitting further down the lineup (#6 hole behind Bruce?) than at the top. His short stroke and aggressive approach at the plate could be invaluable as a middle-of-the-lineup hitter. Pacheco was completely underwhelming, offensively and defensively.

      #3 hole (1B): [Votto] 2-2 w/ 1-BB for 1.000 OBP & 2.000 OPS
      Votto is as good as it gets offensively and should be fun to watch as he pursues another possible MVP award.

      #4 hole (2B): [Phillips & Peraza] 1-4 w/ 1-SO & 2-GIDP
      If Peraza is actually the highly touted prospect many suggest, he should start the season playing SS for the Bats. Phillips has no business hitting anywhere in the lineup other than #1, #2, #7 or #8, especially hitting behind Votto. His propensity for GIDP kills an offense and he has no power remaining. If he can get on base with his swing early, swing often approach, he should hit in the #1 or #2 hole. If not, hide his bat at the bottom of the lineup.

      #5 hole (RF): [Bruce & Winker] 2-4 w/ 2-2B for .500 OBP & 1.500 OPS
      The scorching, line drive double over the CF’s head by Bruce was a thing of beauty. Winker can rake, but is too valueable as a prospect to start his sevice clock in 2016.

      #6 hole (RF/DH): [Duvall, Schebler & Rodriguez] 2-4 w/ 1-HR 1-BB & 1-SO for .600 OBP & 1.600 OPS
      This should be the LF platoon. Schebler had the defensive (and game saving) play of the game. Duvall will be a defensive ‘?’ in LF. This trio should play virtually every game, getting as many PA’s as possible during the spring. May the best two players standing at the end of spring get the extended roles in a LF platoon to prove their worth going forward.

    • Shchi Cossack

      The arms…

      Moscot pitched 2.0 innings in his 1st outing. Even giving up the solo dinger, that was a good performance with 2-H & 1-SO.

      Finnegan looked good working out of trouble (not his doing) in his 1.0 innings with 1-H.

      O’Grady looked good in his 1.0 clean innings with 2-SO.

      Cingrani still has a wicked move to 1B. If opposing teams figure out that they simply need to quit leading off from 1B after they get on base against him, Cingrani may be in trouble.

      Wood had a rough 1.0 innings but he’s on a major league contract and will get every chance to fail. Even if he fails during spring training, he probably makes the 25-man roster.

      Weiss looked like an awe-struck rookie making his 1st appearance against major league hitters. Please let the kid mature and get ready in the minors before starting his sevice time clock.

  30. vegastypo

    Think I heard them say during the broadcast that Finnegan threw nothing but fastballs.