The Reds return to the field after having Tuesday off. Cincinnati will welcome the Chicago Cubs to Goodyear Ballpark and the Reds will see a few regulars on 3:05pm ET.
Cincinnati Reds (4-5) Starting Lineup
- Mike Moustakas – 2B
- Joey Votto – 1B
- Derek Dietrich – DH
- Shogo Akiyama – CF
- Tucker Barnhart – C
- Phillip Ervin – RF
- Josh VanMeter – 3B
- Jose Garcia – SS
- Mark Payton – LF
- Tejay Antone – RHP
Reserve players on today’s roster:
- Brantley Bell
- Alex Blandino
- Christian Colon
- Matt Davidson
- Michael De Leon
- Jonathan India
- Alfredo Rodriguez
- Blake Trahan
Chicago Cubs (5-7) Starting Lineup
- Kris Bryant – 3B
- Anthony Rizzo – 1B
- Javier Baez – SS
- Victor Caratini – C
- Albert Almora Jr. – CF
- David Bote – 2B
- Daniel Descalso – LF
- Noel Cuevas – RF
- Trent Giambrone – DH
- Tyler Chatwood – RHP
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. The game is apparently also going to be broadcast on NHK – but if you live in the United States I’m not sure if that channel is even available anywhere. The game will also be available on MLB.tv via the Cubs Marquee Network.
Reds links and news
Freddy Galvis was originally in the lineup as the designated hitter. But as first reported by my old podcast partner who now works for MLB.com Jesse Borek, Galvis was scratched due to a tight quad. Derek Dietrich was inserted as the designated hitter.
With the start that Jose Garcia is off to, people are asking questions about just how good he is and how he compares to other shortstop prospects. Over at RedsMinorLeagues.com this morning I wrote over 2000 words comparing him to Top 100 prospects that were both shortstops and Cincinnati Reds dating back to 1990, and then a little bit to Barry Larkin. Go give it a read.
Yesterday saw C. Trent Rosecrans put together his “Roster Prediction version 4.0” over at The Athletic. The only surprises, really, aren’t actual surprises from a talent standpoint – he believes that both Eugenio Suarez and Nick Senzel are healthy and begin the year on the roster rather than the injured list. The bullpen probably had the most interesting breakdown for the final few spots and why he picked who he picked.
Final: Cubs 6 – Reds 6 (IT’S A TIE!)
Ties can be very fun. Funny ties can make wearing a dress code not feel unbearable. Ties in sports, suck. But it’s spring training, so it’s not really a big deal.
Derek Dietrich and Josh VanMeter both hit long home runs in the game for the Cincinnati Reds. VanMeter’s probably went a little bit further, bouncing on the concourse once and then exiting the stadium completely.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) March 4, 2020
VanMeter went 2-2 on the day and is now hitting .455 on the spring. Alex Blandino went 1-3 with a 2-run double. Jose Garcia went 1-3 with a run scored and picked up his first strikeout of the spring in 18 plate appearances. Prospect Alejo Lopez went 1-1, singling in the bottom of the 9th inning. Michael Beltre and TJ Friedl, both outfield prospects, walked in their lone plate appearances on the day.
On the mound it was a mixed bag. Pedro Strop, Michael Lorenzen, Amir Garrett, Sal Romano, and Nate Jones all tossed shutout innings of relief. Tejay Antone started and allowed a run in his lone inning of work. Raisel Iglesias, Robert Stephenson, and Cody Reed had some struggles in their outings – though Reed also had to work around an error and an unearned run. You can see the entire box score for the game here.
Notes worth noting
Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer notes that Nate Jones hit 97 MPH during his outing today. That’s probably a very good sign for the reliever who is coming back from flexor mass surgery in May.
Freddy Galvis got an MRI on his quad strain according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.