Our undefeated Cincinnati Reds play the San Francisco Giants at 3:05 p.m. ET at Goodyear Ballpark. The radio broadcast is on WSAI-1360. No television, even MLB.TV.

Here’s the Reds lineup that will face Madison Bumgarner:

  1. Tyler Holt DH
  2. Jose Peraza SS
  3. Eugenio Suarez 3B
  4. Adam Duvall 1B
  5. Scott Schebler CF
  6. Yorman Rodriguez RF
  7. Brandon Allen LF
  8. Alex Blandino 2B
  9. Ramon Cabrera C

Michael Lorenzen takes the mound for the first time in live action in 2016.

Photo: Kareem Elgazzar/Enquirer

Photo: Kareem Elgazzar/Enquirer

Lineup Thoughts

Still no Devin Mesoraco or Zack Cozart in the lineup. You should be as worried about that as you were when Joey Votto was held out of the first few games last season in spring training. Refresher: Votto worked out OK.

Billy Hamilton, recovering from shoulder surgery, was initially in the lineup and scheduled to DH but then scratched. Tyler Holt takes his place. Jose Peraza gets time at shortstop. He started at second base on Wednesday. Adam Duvall playing 1B and Brandon Allen in LF, which is a reversal of where they started previously. Duvall started in LF yesterday. After starting at 3B yesterday, Alex Blandino is back at second. Scott Schebler will start in center. It’s worth watching his defense there. See article on Schebler below.

Reminder: Nick Carrington’s post analyzing who will be the Reds shortstop of the future.

News and Reading

• August Fagerstrom (FanGraphs) takes a look at Billy Hamilton at the plate and asks whether the young hitter’s problems are limited to not hitting enough ground balls, and whether he’ll be able to adjust his approach:

It’s not the first time we’ve heard this. Last year, Hamilton knew he needed to change, and nothing changed. The ground-ball rate barely nudged up a percentage point. The bunt rate actually dropped. Hamilton was cognizant of these necessary adjustments before the season began, but for whatever reason, they failed to materialize when the games mattered.

Reminder: Grant Freking’s post from a few weeks ago making the case for continuing patience regarding Hamilton.

• C. Trent Rosecrans on Scott Schebler and his many ways of providing value to the Reds:

“Our scouting reports on him were off the charts as far as makeup, effort, hustle,” Price said. “One of the first things I saw was just the monster power. He’s played all three outfield positions and played them well. He hits a ball, changeup over the left-center field fence (on Tuesday), usually you think sluggers are pull sluggers, right? He hits homers to the pull field and he shoots one over to the left-center field wall for a homer and makes a game-saving play in the eighth inning with two outs. That’s athleticism. That’s more than a one-dimensional, single-tool player. It really was for me. To see him – he was really the scouting report that we’d gotten. He was everything we’d heard in that scouting report when we made that trade.”

• Zach Buchanan (Enquirer) reports on Juan Duran and his PED suspension, Carlton Daal’s nickname and Phil Ervin’s spring training start:

“You make mistakes. I’m human,” Duran said. “I love the game. Now I understand how I’ve got to respect more the job that I do.”

Duran signed with the Reds as an amateur out of the Dominican Republic as a 16-year-old in 2008. He’s played the last two seasons at Double-A Pensacola, posting a combined .748 OPS with 23 home runs.

Note: Reds beat writer using OPS as a lead statistic for a player. Same week that Thom Brennaman used OBP three times in one broadcast to evaluate a player and his father pointed out that Joey Votto’s low RBI total was due to his teammates not getting on base. I declare, I say I declare, I may need a fainting couch.

• Mark Sheldon (MLB.com) with Anthony DeScalfani, the young right-hander’s thoughts on his start yesterday and possibility of starting on Opening Day:

“I felt good,” DeSclafani said. “It was the first outing of the year, so I’m not going to put too much judgment on it. Body felt good, mechanics felt good, just got to make some adjustments with the fastball, work on fastball command and just keep trying to progress.”

• John Erardi (WCPO) swoons over the new bobblehead exhibit at the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum (press release).

Five hundred bobbleheads – ranging from two of the great Bambino and two of Pope Francis; one Elvis (Aloha Hawaii), and Reds from Frank Robinson in the late 1950s/early 1960s, to Billy Hamilton – are displayed in 12 separate cases wired to bobble for 20 seconds at two-minute intervals. The full-blown Americana (mostly) collection – with touches of a Fellini thrown in (the clownish bobbling heads) – will undoubtedly set viewers’ heads to bobbling, too.

The exhibit runs through January 2017. Must see, nodding yes. Serious oversight if true: the Reds failure to ever produce a bobblehead recognizing Mike Leake.

24 Responses

  1. wizeman

    Pitching has been pretty good so far. Was happy Stephenson pitched well. Lots of quality arms.
    Think Hamilton long way from being physically ready. Won’t be shocked if he starts on DL.
    Hypothetical. Jocketty and Epstein are standing at a bar. i walk up to them and suggest a DeSclafini for Soler swap. Who tells me I am bat $#%^ crazy first?

    • Patrick Jeter

      I feel the Cubs are more likely to hold both until the deadline and deal Schwarber, assuming he’s still hitting, to an AL team for some stretch-run help.

    • WVRedlegs

      DeSclafani = Opening Day starter. No deal.
      Now, you throw out Finnegan’s name and Epstien’s ears might perk up. Walt will turn around and say, “What choo talking about Willis?”
      The Cubs could have Finnegan in the bullpen where he is needed in 2016. And they move him to their rotation to take Hammel’s spot in 2017. Or old man Lackey’s spot if his arm falls off this year.
      And Finnegan, a LHer, can teach Lester a pick off throw.

  2. Patrick Jeter

    It will be interesting to see if Welsh’s Twitter queries about increasing metric usage during broadcasts will ever be discussed. I’m also hoping the player splash-screens shown when coming up to bat are updated with OBP. As far as I can tell, FSO was the only RSN not to show OBP last season.

    • WVRedlegs

      Maybe Welsh takes Thom over to the Sabermetrics conference in Phoenix next week.
      Dan Shulman, ESPN’s play-by-play announcer was on MLB Network radio this morning and talked about this. He said he wanted use some of the new basic stats, my guess is OBP and OPS, but he wasn’t comfortable with spouting off alot of sabermetric stats without knowing what they were about and the formulas used to come to those numbers. It also didn’t sound like he went to school, so to speak, this off-season to learn more about them, so he could use them more often.

    • greenmtred

      Metrics in the broadcast? You mean, “that changeup was thrown at 100 kilometers an hour?” Like that, Patrick? Or did Welsh mean something else?

  3. vegastypo

    Lorenzen gets ’em in order in the first, and Suarez crushes a homer in the bottom of the first.

    • Patrick Jeter

      Suarez trying to make me look smart-ish. Much appreciated!

    • Patrick Jeter

      Off MadBum nonetheless… wow. I already forgot who was pitching.

  4. Steve Mancuso

    Another 1-2-3 inning for Lorenzen. Great first start. Expecting great improvement. Really pulling for the kid.

    • wizeman

      i really like lorenzen. going to be able to enjoy watching these young guys pitch….. at least i am going to keep telling myself this.

    • VaRedsFan

      I also like Lorenzen, he’s young and still learning. I don’t think he should automatically be banished to the bullpen.

  5. seat101

    Thanks for all the updates for those of us who can’t get to a radio. Any new news?

    • Shchi Cossack

      Two run, 1-out single. Giants up 3-1. Followed by two, 1-out singles. Giants up 4-1 in the 6th.

  6. Shchi Cossack

    Welcome to the Bigs Amir! I still think Garrett will be one of the long-term starters during the Reds push for playoff contention.

    • Shchi Cossack

      Nice finish to a very tough inning for Garrett with a strike ’em out, throw ’em out caught stealing. 1.0 innings w/ 3-R (Earned), 3-H, 1-BB & 1-CS for a classic 27.00 ERA after his 1st outing of the spring.

      • seat101

        I would think that his ERA will probably diminish over time…. At least I sure hope so!

      • Shchi Cossack

        Yeah, it came down from 81.00 to 27.00, just during that inning!

  7. Shchi Cossack

    O’Grady pitched a clean 8th inning, 3 up, 3 down, with 1-SO in his 2nd outing of the spring. That’s 2-IP w/ 0-R & 3-SO for the spring. I’m thinking he wants to stick with the Reds this season rather than being shipped back for $25K.

  8. Shchi Cossack

    Hey, this team and the youngsters are showing some heart! Back-to-back triple and single by Barnhart makes it 4-3.

  9. vegastypo

    Barnhart has a good at-bat and eventually hits a single to drive in the Reds’ second run of the 8th inning, cuts Giants’ lead to 4-3. Consecutive triples by players I had not heard of (Aristides Aquino and Hector Vargas) had brought in the first run of the inning.

    • Pooter

      I got to see Aquino play on Billings two years ago. I liked him. He was big and he hit the ball hard. I posited that he was a Vlad Guerrero clone. Doug Gray promptly dismissed such a suggestion. One can hope, right? Glad to hear of his success today!

  10. ohiojimw

    Hamilton a late scratch at DH today (shoulder given as reason) after previously being limited to DH because his shoulder wasn’t OF ready. This situation could be moving up the charts with a bullet.

    If he can’t get loose in Arizona, how long will it be until he can be counted on in climes such as Cincy, Pittsburg, Chicago etc?

    On the other hand it could be a blessing in disguise if Cave, Holt or even Schebler take hold in CF with a combination of improved offense and good enough defense to keep Hamilton on the DL and “rehabbing” at extended ST or AAA.

  11. David

    Outfielders on the Opening Day Roster:
    Schebler, Bruce, Holt, Yorman, and…maybe Cave. Billy starts the year on DL, and maybe ends up playing a couple months in AAA. I honestly think that Billy’s days with the Reds are numbered, because I do not think he will ever be a Major League hitter.

    Duvall makes the team. Plays left, third base (when Cozart takes a day off and Suarez plays short) and First to give Joey days off. And the #1 RH pinch hitter off the bench.

    If he catches fire and nobody takes charge in Left, then maybe he plays Left everyday.

    All the young guys (save Bruce) give Price a chance to play whoever has the hot hand. And if Bruce plays well in the first half and the Reds are way behind in the standings, he gets traded and Schebler takes over in RF.