The Reds travel to Surprise today to play the Kansas City Royals. Game time is 3:05 p.m. ET.  Radio broadcast on WSAI-1360.

Here’s the lineup:

  1. Shed Long 2B
  2. Phil Gosselin 3B
  3. Jesse Winker LF
  4. Devin Mesoraco C
  5. Scott Schebler CF
  6. Adam Duvall DH
  7. Nick Senzel SS
  8. Phillip Ervin RF
  9. Brandon Dixon 1B

The starting pitcher is Sal Romano, making his second start. Other pitchers scheduled/available: Austin Brice, Oliver Perez, Kevin Quackenbush, Cody Reed, Kyle Crockett, Joe Mantiply, Ariel Hernandez, Rafael De Paula

Jesse Winker batting third because that’s where he’ll bat in regular season when he displaces Joey Votto.


20 Responses

  1. Brock

    Schebler is starting in CF. Also good to see someone other than the CF leading off.

    • kmartin

      However, I assume Shed Long is leading off because the fastest guy in the lineup must hit lead off. Although is minor league career OBP is 353.

      • Chad Dotson

        Long is a player. I don’t have a problem with him leading off. (Though Winker is a much better option.)

  2. dougschloemer

    Are the REDS permitted to have a leadoff hitter who’s not a CF?

  3. Aaron Bradley

    The Goose moved the runner over, and The Fonz drove him in. That’s how you do it!

    • Chad Dotson

      Every time I hear some minimally optimistic news about Senzel’s ability to play SS, I giggle like a schoolgirl.

      • Matthew Habel

        Chad you are a tremendous driver on the bandwagon

  4. JoshG

    because Senzel is the better athlete, physically better suited to handle short at this point

  5. liptonian

    I might be reading this wrong, but the box score shows that the reds as a team saw 43 pitches today? Can that be right? Is this a thing in spring training where players swing immediately? How can a team only see 43 pitches in a 9 inning game. I know it’s only spring training but wow.

    • liptonian

      ok, that makes waaaay more sense.

    • Chad Dotson

      Joey Votto and Jesse Winker may see 43 pitches by themselves in a game at some point this season.

  6. scotly50

    I am not sure Reed is destined for this team at any level. I see him going the way of Lamb as well. Finnegan is likely our only salvage from the Cueto trade.

  7. Chad Dotson

    Reds have said he’ll be a starter at AAA, I believe.

    If he’s a reliever at Louisville, his career as a starter will be officially over. I don’t see any reason to go down that particular road just yet.

  8. Aaron Bradley

    What about Garrett “snorting fire” according to Price… Surely he has a shot at a SP role.

    • David

      Reed’s problems are between his ears. As much as many commenters here want to blame Bryan Price, the Front Office, his astrology sign, etc. for his problems, the problem is with Cody Reed. He has gotten opportunities (especially in 2016) and did not make the grade. Other pitchers have shown flashes of real performance, and merit more chances. Reed has frankly stunk it up. I think he has gotten as many opportunities as he has (and more to come) based on being a “return” on the Cueto trade.
      I frankly no longer care about Cody Reed. I think he is a blockhead. I know the Reds are not waiting on my opinion, but there are other young talents to consider that have shown a lot more promise.

      • Still a Red

        I agree that Reed’s problem seems to be between his ears, but I think he’s gotten his chances because he pitched lights out until he made the big league. Do the Reds have a sports psychologist on payroll? He does seem to need some help.