Days Until Opening Day: 7
A handful of single tickets remain available through the Reds ticket site.
3/20: Reds 6 – Rangers 1 | Box Score
Tanner Roark had 5 Ks and 2 BBs in 5.1 innings on 88 pitches. He’s had a strong spring. Scott Schebler walked and doubled. He’s hitting .400/.579/.720 (ISO .320) this spring, with 4 stolen bases. He’s walked 11 times and struck out just 5. Jose Iglesias was 3-4 and catcher Kyle Farmer (fourth piece of the Puig-Kemp-Wood trade with the Dodgers) had a couple hits. Farmer is batting .385 with slugging percentage of .744 (ISO .359). Sherman Johnson, a minor league free agent signing had a pinch-hit 2-run homer.
3/21: Hal McCoy on Crowded Reds Outfield
Veteran Reds beat writer at the Dayton Daily News wrote this a couple hours ago: “The Reds won’t ask me, but here is how I see it. Starters: RF Yasiel Puig, CF Scott Schebler, LF Matt Kemp. I wouldn’t poo-poo platooning Kemp and Jesse Winker in left, but Winker needs to pick it up this spring. I’d keep Phillip Ervin as the extra outfielder and give him as much playing time as possible. The odd man out is Nick Senzel, who should be returned to Triple-A to play second base to take Scooter Gennett’s place next year. It seems obvious the Reds are not going to sign The Scooter to a multi-year extension and he’ll leave via free agency after this season if he is not traded.”
3/21: New Post on Top Reds Prospects
Joe Bloss at MiLB.com has a new post up about the top tier of Reds prospects. It includes quotes from Reds senior director of player development Eric Lee on Nick Senzel, Taylor Trammell, Hunter Greene, Jonathan India and Keury Mella.
3/21: Roster Decisions Soon, Nightmare Scenario?
The Reds final game in Arizona is Sunday against the Rockies. Then they leave for a two-game exhibition series in Atlanta on Monday and Tuesday. You’d think they would make final roster decisions before leaving for Atlanta. If so, we’re down to the last 72 hours.
Here’s a nightmare Senzel scenario: Suppose the Reds give the CF job to Scott Schebler for now and send Nick Senzel back to AAA. What if Schebler then proceeds to play a good CF and continues to hit well? What would that mean for Nick Senzel, blocked at yet another position at the major league level? Is avoiding that situation enough of a reason to just give the CF job to Senzel now, even though Schebler has outplayed him this spring and is an established major league player? I’m glad I’m not making these decisions.
6/29: Suarez Bubblehead in Louisville
This bobblehead is gum-believable! First 2,000 fans on Saturday, June 29 will receive a Eugenio Suárez "bubblehead" as a part of Copa de la Diversión weekend! #MiLBesDivertido
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— Louisville Bats (@LouisvilleBats) March 21, 2019
Note this only goes to the first 2,000 fans. Prediction: The secondary market opens shortly after game time with a price similar to Michigan-Ohio State football tickets. Doubt it’ll ever pop.
3/21: Game One – Royals at Reds (4:05 PM)
The Reds are playing two today. In the afternoon, they tangle with the Kansas City Royals at Goodyear Ballpark. There’s no local radio or television. You can hear the game at MLB.com.
Anthony DeSclafani will start. It’s his sixth appearance this spring. Other rostered pitchers available include Raisel Iglesias, Zach Duke and Jared Hughes, who pitched yesterday. The Reds face Royals SP Heath Filmeyer. Billy Hamilton will leadoff for the Royals. Nick Senzel has 35 spring plate appearances without a walk.
Cincinnati Reds Starting Lineup
- Scooter Gennett – 2B
- Joey Votto – 1B
- Matt Kemp – LF
- Eugenio Suarez – 3B
- Yasiel Puig – RF
- Nick Senzel – CF
- Jose Peraza – SS
- Tucker Barnhart – C
- Anthony DeSclafani – P
Also scheduled to pitch for the Reds: Jared Hughes, Raisel Iglesias, and Zach Duke.
Here’s the bench for the day:
- Wendolyn Bautista (RHP)
- Aaron Fossas (RHP)
- Aneurys Zabala (RHP)
3/21: Game Two – Reds at Mariners (9:40 PM)
Tonight, the Reds square off with the part of the Seattle Mariners roster that hasn’t been in Japan playing regular season games. No radio or television broadcast.
It’s a reliever game for the Reds, with Matt Bowman opening for the Reds. Other pitchers of note available include David Hernandez, Sal Romano and Matt Wisler. Bowman has pitched in the Cardinals bullpen the past three seasons, although split time at AAA last year.
Cincinnati Reds Starting Lineup
- Jesse Winker – LF
- Scott Schebler – CF
- Jose Iglesias – SS
- Derek Dietrich – 2B
- Phillip Ervin – RF
- Kyle Farmer – 3B
- Connor Joe – 1B
- Curt Casali – C
- Matt Bowman – P
Also scheduled to pitch for the Reds: Anthony Bass, David Hernandez, Sal Romano, Matt Wisler, and Ian Krol.
Here’s the bench for this game:
Mariners Note: 45-year-old Ichiro Suzuki announced his retirement from major league baseball today after playing in the Mariners’ final game in Japan.
Is it really a Nightmare Scenario? For this to happen, that means Schebler is playing continuous good baseball. And Senzel is ready to play fulltime as soon as there’s an injury at 2B, 3B, RF, LF, CF, and maybe even 1B. That’s not a bad insurance policy, and it’s only a matter of time before one of those starters go on the DL.
I believe that a ML has to have their position taken from them. Schebler is hitting well, and understanding the strike zone better than ever (12ish walks and 2 SO).
I was unaware that Senzel had not had a walk yet this spring. That and the work needed in the outfield is justification for now.
Promoting Senzel on Day 1 would be rushing a player on the worst order. AAA for a few months will not do anything but improve him.
“these things tend to work themselves out…” I think they are working.
I am ok if Winker also needs a few weeks in AAA. Why not take 4 hot outfielders north with Connor Joe for a few weeks. Our team is almost half dodgers now…what would the dodgers do?
this is a competition after all and we no longer need to keep guys who might be dinged up on the big club when they can’t really play for 8 games. That is what the 10 day DL is for. Dusty Price just did not know how to use that option