The Reds play a night game (9:40 p.m. ET) against the Arizona Diamondbacks. It will be nationally televised on the MLB network, streamed on and broadcast on WLW-700 radio. Use this post for the game thread.

  1. Jose Peraza SS
  2. Eugenio Suarez 3B
  3. Brandon Phillips 2B
  4. Adam Duvall LF
  5. Jordan Pacheco 1B
  6. Yorman Rodriguez RF
  7. Tyler Holt CF
  8. Tucker Barnhart C

Tim Adleman is the Reds starting pitcher.

Lineup Thoughts

It’s the first spring training start for Tim Adelman. It’s basically an emergency start. Jonathan Moscot was supposed to start but he was scratched. Moscot has an intercostal strain, but the Reds say he’s not yet in danger of missing a start. Yet. Mark Sheldon reports Moscot is only supposed to miss a couple days. The intercostals are a muscle group across your back. It’s painful to strain them, especially if you’re trying to play professional baseball. There are degrees of intercostal strains and it sounds like Moscot’s might be Grade 1. Here’s an article about them in the context of outfielder Dexter Fowler, who had the injury in 2014.

Peraza at short and leading off. Suarez batting second because that’s where he’s going to be on Opening Day. Duvall, Rodriguez and Holt get starts. They’re in the outfielder position battle. Jordan Pacheco getting a start at first base.

News and Reading

• Answer to yesterday’s election-day trivia question: George W. Bush threw out the first pitch in Cincinnati on Opening Day of 2006. George Herbert Walker Bush threw out the first pitch in Cincinnati on Opening Day in 2003, but he was not the sitting president. Richard Nixon had thrown out a first pitch in Cincinnati and was the sitting president, but it was the 1970 All-Star Game, not Opening Day.

Cincinnati native William Howard Taft is the only other sitting president ever to attend a game in Cincinnati. In 1912, President Taft watched the Reds lose to the Philadelphia Phillies, but he didn’t throw out the first pitch. Taft had started the tradition of the sitting president participating in Opening Day ceremonies two years earlier at National Park in Washington D.C.

• Zach Buchanan (Cincinnati Enquirer) on Michael Lorenzen’s MRI and the impact of his injury on the starting rotation.

Losing Lorenzen, at least in the short term, further complicates a rotation picture that was murky to begin with. The righty was more likely than not to win a starting spot entering spring. He threw well in his lone Cactus League appearance, striking out two and allowing no runs over two innings against the San Francisco Giants. The list of rotation candidates and available spots has dwindled slightly. Price said left-hander Brandon Finnegan is a good bet to secure a spot behind righties Anthony DeSclafani and Raisel Iglesias, and noted that lefty Jonathan Sanchez is now being considered for the bullpen only. That still leaves right-handers Tim Melville and Jon Moscot and top prospects Cody Reed and Robert Stephenson battling for the final two spots. Each pair presents a conundrum.


• Eno Sarris (FanGraphs) has a theory that Joey Votto tried to pull the ball more last May.

We were talking about something unrelated, so when Joey Votto slipped this quote in, I laughed out loud. You?! Joey Votto? You did what? Listening back to it even made me giggle again.

“I tried to do a lot of pull hitting early in the season and it was an error,” he said, but my mind could barely comprehend in real time. “It was a mistake,” he admitted before I could point out that it was completely out of character.

So why did he try it? “It was me trying to hit more homers. I thought I’d get easy homers.” After the laughter came a sort of stunned silence. The idea that Votto, who has preached going up the middle to himself and the games’ biggest stars for as long as he’s been great, tried to pull a few cheapies into the seats last year was a bit stunning.

Reminder: Mike Maffie had an elaborate breakdown of Votto’s lost (wallet) month of May.

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36 Responses

  1. Patrick Jeter

    Interesting to think what his season would have looked like if he didn’t try the unsuccessful pull strategy.

  2. ohiojimw

    Late breaking……
    Moscot has been scratched due to a left intercostal strain per Mark Sheldon and Zach Buchanan on Twitter.

    At this time it doesn’t sound like they expect him to miss the start of the season..

    • ohiojimw

      Duh, that color pic of the Tricky one blinded me from reading the full text of Steve’s post. 🙂

  3. ohiojimw

    Carlos Contreras has cleared waivers and been released following being optioned to AAA several days ago. Sheldon says this puts the Reds 40 man roster down to 38 filled spots. Could a trade (or signing) be about to happen?

    • Craig Z

      Making room for Stephenson and/or Reed?

      • ohiojimw

        Stephenson had to be added over the winter (before the rule 5 draft); so he is already on the 40 man. Perhaps Reed and Melville??

    • Hotto4Votto

      Maybe, but we’ve been at 39 since the Chapman trade, or around that time. More than likely I would think it’s keeping open spots to add a reliever, bench player, or starter to the 40-man at the end of ST without having to let anyone go. It also leaves open the option of a waiver wire pick up.

      • ohiojimw

        I think it is pretty common to open a spot after the Rule 5 draft. Its optioning a guy thought to be in the mix to possibly make the team at mid camp then releasing him 2 days later than makes this stand out.

        Somewhere in the glut of media traffic coming out of the Reds camp, one of the folks had mentioned that perhaps the early optioning of Contreras had been meant as “a message”. If so, releasing him sends it louder and clearer to everybody in camp. Maybe he had a lucrative foreign offer (Asia) that had to be acted on immediately??

  4. Matt WI

    Reds are going to have to speed up Homer’s timetable just to have the arms!

  5. ohiojimw

    From Peter Gammons (@pgammo)…..
    “Bronson Arroyo has an 80 per cent tear of his labrum, so his Nats comeback is over…..”

    Sorry to hear; but, one guy we can scratch off the discard salvage list. After all those years of being “rubber armed”, it looks like when it south went for Bronson, it really went.

    • I-71_Exile

      Father Time is a jerk. Maybe Bronson can take up coaching or color analysis? He would have a unique perspective.

    • lwblogger2

      What a shame. Good pitcher, good guy.

  6. Patrick Jeter

    D-Backs with a very close to normal lineup tonight.

  7. Patrick Jeter

    Adleman getting knocked around a bit. EIght hits, 3 outs.

    • VaRedsFan

      Yorman with a couple of bobbles, and at least 2 bad throws in RF. Time to move on from Y-Rod IMO.

      • Patrick Jeter

        Yeah, it’s unfortunate. Maybe I let him start the season on the roster and let him know it’s his last chance or something. Perhaps put him in a spot to succeed (platoon hitter against LHP). Can’t roster him solely on tools.

      • lwblogger2

        His defense has always been a pretty strong part of his game, at least when I’ve seen him. Maybe he’s nervous? Who knows? I’m not a big fan of his but he’s got a ton of talent and is still young. The biggest issue is that contract and how he has to be on the roster now. It puts the Reds in a tight spot. He’s not ready for MLB and he’s got too much raw talent to let him go. If the Reds were trying to win this year, I’d say let him go. They aren’t however and he has the best upside of anyone currently in the OF mix not named WInker. I think they need to deal with the growing pains this year and see if they have anything worth keeping.

      • ohiojimw

        The Reds have lots of OF types with options plus the likelihood that Hamilton may start the year on the DL. This creates an opportunity to carry YRod on the opening day roster then try to “sneak” him through waivers once everybody else is set. The cost would be that by YRod being on the opening day roster, the Reds would be on the hook for the full MLB minimum salary for him (split salary only works on option, not outrights).

    • lwblogger2

      Yeah, he got his work in and was working on a new pitch 😉 Yeah, we’ll go with that.

      • ohiojimw

        They returned the favor by sending Colmeter into the game in the 7th but only left him in for 1 inning….. 🙂

  8. TR

    I wasn’t ready for 7-0 Ariz. in the bottom of the 2nd. although I don’t think ST has an awful lot to do with the regular season.

    • sezwhom

      Probably true but the 2nd and 3rd best ST records last year belonged to the Royals and Mets.

  9. wkuchad

    Simon, Lincecum, Lohse – how much longer until we can pick one of these guys up for a one year deep discount?

    • lwblogger2

      Simon would be the only guy I’d have much interest in from that trio. Not sure the Reds are at the point they need to go there though.

    • lwblogger2

      Apparently today was the day. You called it!

  10. WVRedlegs

    MESORACO is in the lineup today batting second. Good to see and will be watching how his day goes.

      • WVRedlegs

        He is supposed to catch 2 innings today.

    • ohiojimw

      Personnel wise this could well be the opening day line up if the Phils start a RH pitcher, with Phillips moving to 2B and Dejesus (DH) to the bench. However I’d look for the order to be shuffled as Meso is likely in the #2 spot to get him at least 2 ABs in what would figure to be an abbreviate stint behind the plate/

    • ohiojimw

      BTW, here is that lineup courtesy of Zach Buchanan (@zachENQ)

      “Lineup vs. CLE: Phillips DH, Mesoraco C, Votto 1B, Bruce RF, Suarez 3B, Schebler LF, Cozart SS, De Jesus Jr 2B, Cave CF. Stephenson pitching”

  11. ohiojimw

    I think there is a “B” or split squad game this morning featuring some pitching notables but i haven’t seen any tweets about it yet. maybe still too early.

  12. ohiojimw

    My guy Villarrreal is supposed to pitch today. As I’ve said all along, he’s my sleeper to make the pen as the no long term risk innings eater. Aside from how he performs in the next two weeks his fate could hinge on whether the Reds need one of the two open 40 man slots to import a starting pitcher.

  13. ohiojimw

    The Reds official Twitter account just tweeted the following….

    “Free agent RHP Alfredo Simon agrees to 1-year contract.”

    I presume that means with the Reds.

    I like it. Should be a ready, made bullpen piece if/ when the starters get healthy