Opening Day isn’t until Friday, but today we get the first of two exhibition games against someone other them the Reds themselves. Tonight at 6:40pm ET and tomorrow at 6:10pm ET the Cincinnati Reds will host the Detroit Tigers in exhibition games as the two get ready for Opening Day on Friday evening.

For those of you who were wondering, yes, we will be able to watch this game. Initially it was thought to be radio only, much to the dismay of, well, everyone. But the Reds announced earlier today that the game would stream on Reds.com and MLB.tv. You can also listen in the Cincinnati area on 700 WLW if you are craving the voice of The Cowboy Jeff Brantley.

Detroit Tigers vs Cincinnati Reds Lineups

Detroit Tigers

Cincinnati Reds

Niko Goodrum – SS Shogo Akiyama – LF
Jonathan Schoop – 2B Joey Votto – 1B
Miguel Cabrera – DH Eugenio Suarez – 3B
C.J. Cron – 1B Mike Moustakas – 2B
Jeimer Candelario – 3B Nick Castellanos – RF
Christin Stewart – LF Jesse Winker – DH
Cameron Maybin – RF Freddy Galvis – SS
Austin Romine – C Nick Senzel – CF
JaCoby Jones – CF Tucker Barnhart – C
Dario Agrazal – SP Nick Lodolo – SP

The Starting Pitchers

Cincinnati – Nick Lodolo

The Reds are sending out their #2 prospect to make the start tonight. Nick Lodolo was the first pitcher taken in the 2019 Major League Baseball draft and is coming off of his professional debut that saw him post a 2.45 ERA between Billings and Dayton where he walked no one and struck out 30 batters in 18.1 innings before he was shut down for the season to protect his arm from more innings than the team wanted him to throw (he threw 103 innings at TCU last season before the draft).

The left-handed starter throws a fastball in the low-to-mid 90’s and locates the pitch well. Expect to see him lean on his slider the most among his secondary offerings, but you may also see a curveball and a change up mixed in to give hitters a different look.

Detroit – Dario Agrazal

The second year big leaguer, Dario Agrazal is entering his first season with the Tigers. Last year he made 14 starts and one relief appearance for the Pittsburgh Pirates – facing the Reds twice (7 earned in 8.2 innings between the two starts). The 25-year-old had his contract purchased by the Tigers last November.

The righty is a sinker pitcher, going to the pitch 55% of the time last year. He’ll also mix in a 4-seam fastball every so often – both pitches working in the 89-92 MPH range. Agrazal also mixes in a change up and a slider. According to the metrics at Fangraphs, all four pitches rated out as below-average last season.

Cincinnati Reds News and Notes

Roster Moves Galore

There’s a whole lot of roster moves/announcements made today.

Cody Reed, Josh VanMeter, Travis Jankowski, and Kyle Farmer were all informed that they had made the roster for opening day by manager David Bell earlier today. The entire roster isn’t yet known, but we’re getting closer to having the full 30-man roster figured out.

Cody Reed, Josh VanMeter among several to make the Reds roster

Another announcement was made, and that is that outfielder and Rule 5 draft pick Mark Payton has been returned to the Oakland Athletics organization after not making the Cincinnati Reds roster.

Reds return outfielder Mark Payton to Oakland

Michael Lorenzen is ready for a season of a lifetime

56 Responses

  1. docproc

    Delighted it will be televised! I’ll be planted in front of my big screen at 6:40, watching on the MLB.TV app.

  2. Don

    Thanks for the details as always.

    Will be watching on the MLB app

  3. Mark Moore

    MLB.tv on the big screen fired up! My T-Mobile Tuesday offering (I’m a Sprint customer) footed the bill. I’m thinking I’m pretty much set … let’s kick this pig!!

  4. Mort

    Anything good happening? Buried in meetings for work and can’t watch.

  5. Mark Moore

    UGH!!! Glad this one doesn’t count …

    • Doug Gray

      Give them confidence now, then crush them. That’s the plan.

      • Mark Moore

        OK – I can buy into that plan.

        Plus Nick’s 18+ innings were all at Rookie and A ball. He’s facing some tough hitters for the very first time. A little trial by fire.

    • Mark Moore

      But the crowd is still into it …

  6. vaEedsFan

    Cabrera was at 1st and told Votto that’s how you swing with 2 strikes

    • Doug Gray

      I can’t even hear it.

      How are you watching/listening? Maybe it’s different depending on the source?

  7. VaRedsFan

    Who’s operating the cameras tonight? 6 year olds

    • vegastypo

      Haha, I was wondering the same thing. Pre-spring training there.

      And a Barnhart bomb !!!!!

  8. Steve

    Barnhart hits a home run and the “crowd” has no reaction. I’m very happy baseball is back but the fake crowd noise is just annoying.

    • vegastypo

      I was thinking the background noise was to make sure to drown out any undesirable sounds (profanity) from the players.

      • Steve

        I don’t hear any other sounds tonight.

      • Doug Gray

        There hasn’t been any crowd “reactions” tonight. But the “quiet chatter” is there. The level is turned down quite a bit compared to where it has been, though.

  9. Steve

    It won’t go over well when fans are back.

  10. VaRedsFan

    Are the fireworks real at least?

  11. Old-school

    I criticized shogo’s power. I would love to be wrong. More 3 run homers Shogo!!!! Go redlegs..

  12. Jim t

    Nice inning for Amir. Really need him to be the effective pitcher he has been in the past.

  13. Old-school

    I disagree. Cincinnati loves and supports all of its Reds and have for a long time. Sports bring us together. I went to the Reds museum and it represented all of our history well. It’s also apparent our Cincinnati Reds have always been a destination where we come together. I expect nothing different this year. Go Reds.

  14. Aaron B.

    I don’t care about the consensus around here regarding Galvis, I like him. He is athletic young and has a set role and a chance to grab it and hold it for a long time. This is his time and I am optimistic he is going to have a career year in this lineup. Very excited we are finally watching real baseball! GO REDS! The knee stuff just needs to be ignored if you aren’t into it, no one is at these games what is the difference. Sure it is pandering by millionaire jocks disconnected from the real world, just ignore it if it bothers you.

    • VaRedsFan

      I’m in your court regarding Galvis. Would have loved Lindor, but seeing how the pandemic played out, they would have lost a half season of value. I’m more worried about Votto than Galvis.

      • Aaron B.

        Well yea Lindor was probably a pipe dream, we all want him for sure, everyone in the league does. I have no idea how the trade deadline works in this abbreviated season but I imagine the original plan was to maybe make a move if Galvis falls flat. Now he really just needs to be serviceable, at worst he bats 9th. But he has power and he can make the plays, they spent money elsewhere. Castellanos was the free agent prize and they landed him, got to give the front office credit, they created a legit contender.

    • Brian Jolley

      30 = young? Especially for a shortstop who has played almost every game since 2015 before coming to Reds (162 games in both 2017 and 2018). He is a reliable defender who can impact the game offensively until Garcia or someone else is ready. I like him too, but he is certainly not the future for the Reds at starting SS. If he plays like he wants a big contract before retirement and has his career year, then he can really help this contender out.

  15. Aaron B.

    What a relay throw by Galvis! He is today’s MVP so far no doubt about it.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      And starting with a throw from center from Senzel — two throws by two guys with arm issues in the spring. 🙂

  16. Mark Moore

    Got to admit, as weird as this is to watch with the goofy camera work and the “dull roar” of the crowd … I’m a happy guy at this point. Let’s see this through!

  17. Mark Moore

    Da Wink with a no-doubter!!

    5 bombs tonight for the good guys.

    • VaRedsFan

      I loved seeing that. Pulling the down and in fastball in the air. More please.

  18. Mark Moore

    And no offense, Tom M., because you did a stellar job keeping it Strat-O-Real …

    But live game commentary trumps even being manager for a day (and finally winning one).

    • Tom Mitsoff

      No offense taken. I couldn’t agree more! 🙂

  19. Old-school

    This reds lineup against righties is formidable. Gotta go back awhile to find a fearsome lineup like that.

  20. Mark Moore

    Yep … this feels like a real game now … Iggy-got-popped

  21. Mark Moore

    OK – bonus baseball. Got to love that about as much as the commercial feed coming from WLW.

  22. Brian Jolley

    How did Nick look on the mound?