The Cincinnati Reds are not streaming the actual scrimmage game. I don’t know why they chose that option, but it’s not available. So at least for today, the grand experiment we were going to try tonight has failed. I’ll leave the post up as we are still getting some updates from the beat writers who are at the stadium. Nick Senzel took Michael Lorenzen to the upper deck in the 1st. Would have been fun to watch, but no can do.
Mark Sheldon had his phone recording for Jesse Winker’s at-bat against Sonny Gray in the 3rd inning, and Jesse Winker didn’t disappoint.
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We are going to try something a little bit different today here at Redleg Nation. The Cincinnati Reds have been broadcasting their practices from Great American Ballpark daily. Today they are scheduled to have an intrasquad scrimmage of sorts starting at roughly 5:50pm ET. But just before 4pm, on-field stuff began.
Update: The stream has gone to the “MLB Logo: Thank You For Watching” screen. There’s likely some down time between the practice and scheduled scrimmage. If and when the stream comes back on, we will share it right here and hopefully this grand experiment isn’t a complete failure on our part.
Second Update: It seems there’s been some lineup changes, too. We’ll update that when we get the full lineups once again.
Cincinnati Reds news and notes
Outfielder Mark Payton spoke with the local media today as a part of the rotating zoom call/press conferences. The Rule 5 draft pick spoke about how he thinks the expanded rosters certainly come at a good time for him, how he’s not taking anything for granted, and how a throwing program during quarantine helped him out.
Camp intensity is “above and beyond” expectations
Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote earlier today about how manager David Bell noted that the intensity in camp at Great American Ballpark is above and beyond where the team would expect it right now.
The focus, the mental intensity has been above and beyond where we’d expect it right now,” Reds manager David Bell said. “We need that, we don’t want to hold that back. From that standpoint, we’re right on track and guys are into it. The attitude has been unbelievable. I don’t know what to compare it to, but I’m really proud of the first five or six days, just the way the players are going about it.
Michael Lorenzen throws his cutter really fast
Ben Clemens took a look at baseball’s fastest changeup’s over at Fangraphs on Wednesday. In the early part of the article, though, Clemens notes a few guys who throw a cut fastball very hard, and that Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen was second on that list.