The Cincinnati Reds are back at it this afternoon, playing two games. At home they will take on the Arizona D’Backs. They’ll also play a game on the road against Colorado Rockies. The games are scheduled for 4:05pm ET (Arizona) and 4:10pm ET (Colorado).

The Cincinnati Reds are back to playing just one game a day as they take on the Chicago White Sox on the road in Camelback Ranch. The game will be at 4:05pm ET.

Cincinnati Reds (7-7-3) Starting Lineup and Roster


vs Arizona (Home)
vs Rockies (Road)
1 Shogo Akiyama – CF Nick Senzel – DH
2 Joey Votto – 1B Jesse Winker – LF
3 Nick Castellanos – RF Phillip Ervin – RF
4 Mike Moustakas – 2B Derek Dietrich – 1B
5 Tucker Barnhart – C Curt Casali – C
6 Freddy Galvis – DH Aristides Aquino – CF
7 Kyle Farmer – SS Jose Garcia – SS
8 Matt Davidson – 3B Alex Blandino – 3B
9 Mark Payton – LF Christian Colon – 2B
10 Luis Castillo – RHP Tyler Mahle – RHP
Expected to Pitch Expected to Pitch
Michael Lorenzen Sal Romano
Tyler Thornburg Joel Kuhnel
Matt Bowman R.J. Alaniz
David Carpenter Nate Jones
Brooks Raley Josh Smith
Nick Lodolo

Reserve players on today’s roster:

vs Arizona (Home)
vs Rockies (Road)
P Brandon Finnegan P Ryan Lillie
P Ryan Nutof P Julio Pinto
P Walker Weickel P Dylan Rheault
C Francisco Pena C Mark Kolozsvary
C Ernesto Liberatore C Morgan Lofstrom
IF Brantley Bell C Tyler Stephenson
IF Alberti Chavez IF Michael De Leon
IF Jonathan India IF Miguel Hernandez
IF Ibandel Isabel IF Gavin LaValley
IF Alejo Lopez IF Quincy McAfee
IF Blake Trahan IF Brian Rey
OF Brandon Barnes IF Alfredo Rodriguez
OF Michael Beltre OF Lorenzo Cedrola
OF Narciso Crook OF Boog Powell
IF OF Michael Siani
OF OF Andy Sugilio


Arizona D’Backs and Colorado Rockies Lineups

Arizona Colorado
1 Tim Locastro – CF David Dahl – DH
2 Josh Rojas – SS Trevor Story – SS
3 Stephen Vogt – DH Charlie Blackmon – RF
4 Christian Walker – 1B Nolan Arenado – 3B
5 Jon Jay – LF Daniel Murphy – 1B
6 Trayce Thompson – RF Ryan McMahon – 2B
7 Ildemaro Vargas – 2B Ian Desmond – LF
8 John Hicks – C Raimel Tapia – CF
9 Juniel Querecuto – 3B Tony Wolters – C
10 Taylor Clarke – RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez – 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 Arizona game will be available on 1360 WSAI at 4:00pm ET. The game against Colorado will not be broadcasted. Neither game is available to watch on any platform.

Reds links and news

C. Trent Rosecrans wrote about shortstop prospect Jose Garcia at The Athletic this morning. He talked with Barry Larkin, Daryle Ward – who was the hitting coach for Garcia in 2018 when he was in Low-A Dayton, teammate Stuart Fairchild, and a scout who made an interesting comparison to a big leaguer. Go read it.

Over at we took a look at how the organization’s top prospects have performed so far in spring training. Tyler Stephenson’s great start has somehow been overlooked.

How are the Reds top prospects performing this spring?

Eugenio Suarez was on the field taking grounders and making throws today in Goodyear. Video evidence of such from the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Bobby Nightengale.

Not Cincinnati Reds specific, but Craig Edwards took a look at the whole 3-batter minimum rule over at Fangraphs this morning to try and work through scenarios and see what makes the most sense for managers to do when presented with an option to bring in a reliever who may not have the best match up. It’s an interesting piece that is built upon the one Jayson Stark wrote over at The Athletic the other day after speaking with managers around the game.

Final: D’backs 10 – Reds 2

Things looked good early on for Cincinnati…. until they didn’t.

The Highlights

Nick Castellanos started a 2-out rally in the 1st inning with a single. Mike Moustakas followed with a 2-run homer, his second home run of the spring. That’s where the score remained until Arizona touched up Luis Castillo for four runs in the 4th inning. He would finish with this line for the day: 3.2IP, 7H, 4ER, 1BB, 4K. Brandon Finnegan would record a strikeout of the final batter of the 4th inning.

Michael Lorenzen and David Carpenter would both toss a shutout inning of relief on the day. Tyler Thornburg allowed a solo home run in his inning of work. Nick Lodolo, one of the Cincinnati Reds top prospects, made his spring debut on the day and allowed an infield single and a solo home run in the 9th inning.

After the Mike Moustakas home run in the 1st inning the Reds failed to record another hit until Jonathan India’s 2-out single in the bottom of the 9th inning. You can see the entire box score for the game here.

Final: Reds 5 – Rockies 5

Two of the Reds shortstop prospects homered, and Tyler Mahle had a solid start – but Cincinnati picked up their 4th tie of the spring in this one.

The Highlights

Both Jose Garcia and Alfredo Rodriguez homered in the game. Garcia’s solo home run in the 4th inning was his 4th of the spring. For Rodriguez, his 5th inning 2-run shot was his 2nd of the year. Jesse Winker went 2-3 with a double. Alex Blandino also went 2-3 and he scored a run. Derek Dietrich went 1-3 with a double. Catching prospect Tyler Stephenson went 1-1 to raise his average to .375.

Tyler Mahle allowed one earned run on two hits and three walks in 3.1 innings that also included five strikeouts. Sal Romano, Lucas Sims, Nate Jones, and Josh Smith all threw hitless innings of relief. R.J. Alaniz allowed three runs in his inning of work. You can see the entire box score for the game here.

12 Responses

  1. AirborneJayJay

    I was surprised to see Jose Siri was picked up on a waiver claim by the SF Giants. I didn’t know that Seattle had already DFA’d Siri so soon. A former top-100 prospect and now a two time DFA demotee. Two times just this winter. That is a precipitous fall in just two years. He never recovered from that crash into the OF wall at the beginning of spring training in 2018.
    Now, if SF can get him and his bat straightened out some how, that SF center field would be a good place for Siri to roam.

    • Doug Gray

      Siri was never a top 100 prospect.

      • RojoBenjy

        It was Siri. Then he went to AA and fell off a cliff. Strikes out too much.

  2. RojoBenjy

    Did that crash affect his plate discipline? I thought that is what keeps him out of MLB?

    If there’s more to it than that, that is a little more interesting.

  3. Indy Red Man

    Ervin, Farmer, Blandino, and Davidson. I like our bench! Guys seem to know their role and don’t try to do too much. I think Davidson could help keep Joey fresh with quite a few starts at 1B although Joey/Bell may not see it that way. Farmer has a nice short swing…feels like he could have more potential then what he did last year.

    • CFD3000

      I I’m not sure there’s room for Davidson, assuming Senzel, Suarez and Galvis are all good to go by Opening Day. You have to make room for Akiyama and Casali (or Barnhart, take your pick) which leaves slots for Farmer, Ervin and Blandino but probably not Davidson. At least, that’s my take on it all…

      • JoshG

        yeah.. its it’s Blandino OR Davidson.. not room for both

  4. Ochoa30

    Senzel out after 2 AB’s seems odd but he’s playing his first back to back so maybe it was planned. I really hope so.

  5. Tom Mitsoff

    Alf-Rod hit his second homer of the spring today and is 12-for-33 for the spring. Just wondering if there are any thoughts that perhaps he is coming into his own, similar to Jose Garcia? Alf-Rod’s defense at shortstop has always reportedly been major-league caliber.

  6. Bdh

    Very impressed with Alfredo Rodriguez this spring. He’s showed some pop and has played 2B, SS, and 3B. Without looking I’m pretty sure he hit in the 280s last year in AA so if he can continue showing more power and start showing himself as a utility guy then the reds could have something in him after all.

    • RojoBenjy

      I would not be upset if he was the opening day SS if Galvis was out with injury.