One of the Cincinnati Reds free agent signings this past offseason, Wade Miley, will be making his spring debut against Milwaukee. The Brewers will counter with their own left-handed pitcher, Eric Lauer.

Cincinnati Reds (3-4) Starting Lineup

  1. Phillip Ervin – CF
  2. Joey Votto – 1B
  3. Aristides Aquino – DH
  4. Tucker Barnhart – C
  5. Josh VanMeter – 2B
  6. Alfredo Rodriguez – 3B
  7. Mark Payton – LF
  8. Scott Schebler – RF
  9. Jose Garcia – SS
  10. Wade Miley – LHP

These guys are expected to pitch in relief today: Tyler Thornburg, Sal Romano, Matt Bowman, Joel Kuhnel, David Carpenter, Brooks Raley, and R.J. Alaniz.

Reserve players on today’s roster:





Milwaukee Brewers (5-2-1) Starting Lineup

  1. Brock Holt – SS
  2. Justin Smoak – DH
  3. Lorenzo Cain – CF
  4. Logan Morrison – LF
  5. Ryon Healy – 1B
  6. Eric Sogard – 3B
  7. Manny Pina – C
  8. Jace Peterson – 2B
  9. Corey Ray – RF
  10. Eric Lauer – LHP

Where to watch/listen/follow the game

The game will be live on the Reds on Radio Network. In the greater Cincinnati area the game will be available on 700 WLW AM. The game will be on television on Fox Sports Ohio and, but it will be the Brewers broadcast.

Reds links and news

Tyler Mahle told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he’s going to throw his slider in 2020 in favor of his curveball, which he used in 2019 as his breaking pitch. He also noted he’d be fine with the bullpen if he doesn’t make the rotation – as long as he’s in the big leagues.

Tony Wolfe talked about our old friend Scooter Gennett over at Fangraphs this week – noting how he still doesn’t have a job this spring and how disappointing that fact actually is given how just a year ago he was coming off of a big year and looking to land a life-changing contract.

Mary Beth came in this morning with her latest piece in her Baseball Is Life series. If you missed it, you really need to go check out her wonderful weaving of stories.

Baseball is Life: What to Do

Final: Brewers 5 – Reds 4

The Reds did something on Sunday they hope to do in the regular season – do some damage against Josh Hader. But they also lost the game, and they hope to do less of that when the games begin to count in the standings.

The Highlights

Phillip Ervin went 2-3 with a double after getting the start in center field. He was replaced in the game by Reds #12 prospect Michael Siani – a 20-year-old center fielder, and he just kept on going where Ervin left off, picking up a single off of Josh Hader, stealing a base off of Josh Hader, and the later drawing a walk in the game. Another outfielder, Rule 5 pick Mark Payton had an RBI double in the 4th inning to get the Reds on the board.

Josh VanMeter laid down the most perfect bunt against the shift you’ll ever see. It went down the third base line and just into the outfield grass. But he tried stretching it into a double and was thrown out on a bang-bang play at the bag. He’d draw a walk later in the game. The Reds did plenty of walking on the day as Siani, Joey Votto, Christian Colon, Tyler Stephenson, Stuart Fairchild, and Jose Garcia all picked up a walk along with VanMeter. Scott Schebler, Alfredo Rodriguez, and Michael De Leon all picked up singles in the game.

On the mound Ryan Nutof came in to record the final two outs of the second inning after Wade Miley (1.1IP, 4H, 3ER – all on a home run, 2K) reached his pitch count. Nutof picked up a strikeout and a lazy fly ball out before his inning came to an end. Sal Romano, Matt Bowman, Joel Kuhnel, and David Carpenter all tossed a hitless inning of relief for Cincinnati. Pedro Strop and Tyler Thornburg each allowed a run in their inning of work.

You can see the entire box score for the game here.

23 Responses

  1. CallowayPost

    They’re playing Garcia quite a bit for a guy destined to start the season at AA. Hmmmm

    • Doug Gray

      Get a look at him now before minor league camp begins and he heads back. Gives him a chance to get familiar with the big league staff, and them with him.

      • Optimist

        Yes. I wonder though about the other end of the service time game they could play – namely if he Get moved up to the Bats in mid season, thus setting up a call up in late August (to qualify for the post-season) if all goes well.

        The service year calculation is the same, correct? They’d arrange it so he would just barely not have enough games, therefore gaining the final year of control?

        Admittedly, an optimistic scenario and a good problem to have, but better than the flagrant treatment of K Bryant and others.

      • Doug Gray

        There’s no difference for service time if the Reds call him up the second week of April or Mid-September in 2020.

    • ClevelandRedsFan

      Galvis has been hurt a bit and isn’t ready to play SS yet. Garcia has been fun, but let’s see what he can do at AA first.

  2. Scotly50

    I would think Votto would be swinging at strikes instead of trying to walk in spring training

      • Scotly50

        Then I wish he would quit trying to strikeout.

      • Doug Gray

        He’s not trying that, either. Right now he’s simply trying to see pitches.

        It’s March 1st. Maybe pump your brakes just a little bit.

      • RojoBenjy

        Yeah, Doug—but he’s making a lot of money that Votto guy 😉

        Note to folks—just stop with the Joey bashing. It is uninformed and out of touch—especially in the first week of spring training.

      • MK

        I did notice Joey is squatting and choking up again. I thought he decided in the second half last season to stand up straighter and go down on the knob. Looks like he is still finding his way.

      • Doug Gray

        Noticed there was a little bit of squatting, but not nearly as pronounced as it was in the first half of last year when it was almost Bagwell-esque. The choking up was only about an inch, too. Going to be an interesting ride to see how things change here over the next few months.

  3. Scoty50

    Is this Mileys first start of the spring?

    • John Cranko

      The answer you seek is in the actual first sentence of the article you are leaving a comment on.

    • RojoBenjy

      Just knocking off some rust is all—from the opponent’s bats!

      I’m disappointed but it is early. And he may be working on a certain location or something and not pitching to get guys out.

      Or he stinks.

      Just have to wait and see.

  4. RojoBenjy

    Wait a minute…not exactly the same. Jose9 be gone, my friend!

    Welcome back.

    • RojoBenjy

      Seat- i’m not feelin’ a controversy yet, but i’m along for the ride. Eager to see what develops this year!

  5. RojoBenjy

    Doh! Why didn’t I think of that!

    Here’s one for starters—if the Reds think that Senzel can’t play SS—why do they think that Farmer can?

    • Tom Reeves

      …Because Farmer has played SS. That’s his natural position.

    • RojoBenjy

      I thought I read that he hasn’t really played it since he played at Georgia?

  6. DaveCT

    Big Sal is throwing a few ground ball outs, this spring. IMO, even with his velocity, groundouts are his ticket in GABP

    • RojoBenjy

      That’s a dude I root for.

      In some ways I’d rather see him on the mound than Iglesias.

      In some ways.