This afternoon the Cincinnati Reds will hit the road to face off against the Kansas City Royals at 3:05pm ET. The game will be on Fox Sports Ohio and 700 WLW will have the radio broadcast. The game is scheduled for 9 innings.

Reds (2-6-1) and Royals (7-3) Lineups

Reds Royals
1 Nick Senzel CF Jarrod Dyson RF
2 Jesse Winker LF Andrew Benintendi LF
3 Tucker Barnhart DH Adalberto Mondesi SS
4 Kyle Farmer SS Jorge Soler DH
5 Tyler Naquin RF Michael Taylor CF
6 Tyler Stephenson C Ryan O’Hearn 1B
7 Jonathan India 2B Hanser Alberto 3B
8 Max Schrock 3B Sebastian Rivero C
9 Scott Heineman 1B Nicky Lopez 2B
10 Michael Lorenzen SP Brad Keller SP

Reserve players on today’s Reds roster:

Pitchers Infielders
Graham Ashcraft Alex Blandino
José De León Jose Garcia
Sean Doolittle Alejo Lopez
Edgar García Errol Robinson
Cionel Pérez Outfielders
Reiver Sanmartin Aristides Aquino
Catchers Narciso Crook
Deivy Grullón TJ Friedl
Mark Kolozsvary Dwight Smith Jr.

Where to watch/listen/follow the game

The game will be live on the Reds on Radio Network. The broadcast will be on 700 WLW AM. The game will be televised on MLB Network.

Reds links and news

Joey Votto has COVID-19

The big news of the day is that Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto tested positive for COVID-19 and was placed on the injured list earlier today.

Joey Votto placed on the Cincinnati Reds injured list with COVID-19

Ryan Hendrix to miss a few days

Reliever Ryan Hendrix has an intercostal muscle strain that will keep him sidelined for a few days.

Final: Royals 9 – Reds 3

Kansas City may be the best team in spring training as they picked up their 8th win by hitting five home runs on the day as they beat the Reds.

The Highlights

Jesse Winker and Kyle Farmer both went 1-3 with a double. Tyler Stephenson and Jonathan India went 1-3. Max Schrock got the start at third base and singled in his first at-bat, but then left the game with a calf injury after reaching first base. Aristides Aquino doubled in his long trip to the plate, but he also homered in a B-game earlier in the day. Deivy Grullón homered for the second time in the spring, driving in two runs for the Reds. Errol Robinson added a single and a run scored in his only at-bat.

The pitching on the day was very hit or miss. Michael Lorenzen and Sean Doolittle were on the “miss” side of things. Lorenzen allowed three runs in 2.1 innings on four hits – including a homer to go along with three strikeouts. Doolittle allowed four runs on three hits, two homers, and he walked three batters. Edgar García came on in relief of Lorenzen in the 3rd inning and got through the inning unscathed while picking up a strikeout. Cionel Pérez threw a perfect inning while recording all three outs via the strikeout. José De León looked very good through 2.2 innings when he had racked up eight strikeouts (and three walks) before serving up back-to-back home runs in the 8th before getting a long fly out to center to end the inning.

You can see the entire box score right here.

Tomorrow’s Game

Tyler Mahle is scheduled to take the mound against the Chicago White Sox at 8:05pm ET.

31 Responses

  1. Doug Gray

    Everyone else is trying to save money, too, so finding a taker, even at a reduced salary, isn’t easy.

  2. Old Big Ed

    Schrock is the best American hitter since Tony Gwynn. Hits bullets to all fields. He is probably gritty, too.

  3. Doug Gray

    He says he’s doing it on purpose and it’s a part of the plan to get ready for the season. It’s not something he’s done in the past.

    We’ll see how it turns out.

    • Doug Gray

      He had knee surgery in the offseason. So he didn’t throw as much as he usually does. If it’s March 25th and he’s throwing 92, I’ll be concerned. Today? Not so much.

  4. Stock

    It seems like Lorenzen feels he has a starting gig locked up. I hope that is not the case. I see him at #7 in the pecking order at best.

    Gray/Castillo/Mahle/Antone/Miley/Hoffman

    De Leon and Lorenzen battling out for the 7th spot in a 5 man rotation.

  5. Redsfan4life

    Doolittle throwing BP again. His career maybe about over. I know it is only spring but he has looked terrible and hasn’t been good for a while now in regular season.

    • Old Big Ed

      Doolittle has done little. He does seem adept at cussing into his glove, having given himself many opportunities this spring.

    • VaRedsFan

      Is his contract guaranteed? Or just a Spring invite?

    • Aaron B.

      If this is in fact the case, a scout or two needs to get the axe.

  6. Redsfan4life

    Probably starts season on IL would be my guess. Doubt he throws many innings. I have nothing to back my claim up just eye test. He looks nothing like the Doolittle of a few years ago. Something isn’t right. Maybe just age has caught up to him.

  7. Roger Garrett

    Most of the roster is set.Lorenzen makes it regardless and more then likely Doolitte does as well.As fans we want to see players perform well and for the team to win regardless if its spring training or a pick up game in a parking lot some where.Just not going to happen but I do believe players know how to get ready but as some time before the bell rings they want to start to show some improvement.Right now after 2 outings both guys have been bad.

  8. Steven Ross

    Ask any Nationals fan and they’ll tell ya, due to injuries, he was done last year.

  9. LDS

    Even allowing for spring training/experimentation, the Reds are looking shaky. For example, their pitching, while there are some bright spots, seems to be giving up HRs generously.

      • Doug Gray

        Two things: The wind was blowing out on the day (didn’t help the Reds hitters all that much). And two – there seems to be some of the 2020 baseballs still being used in spring training, so we might not be using the new baseball until the real games begin. It’s actually a weird thing right now where some “new baseballs” might be getting used in some places and not others. Lots of confusion happening with the baseball this spring.

      • LDS

        It’s pretty dead for the Reds. They’ve hit 7 HRs and given up 22. On a positive note, the pitchers lead in strikeouts by a wide margin. I keep reminding myself it’s ST but a serious hitting would be nice.

  10. Stock

    Cam Bedrosian replaces Romano
    Cionel Perez is sent to Louisville only because he has options. Noe Ramirez gets the final spot. I like your other pitchers. Glad you cut Doolittle.

    on Offense I am thinking Grullon and either ARod or the ever so strange Gordon over Schrock and Heineman.

    • Kevin Patrick

      So hard to predict this early in the spring, but I’m with you on Bedrosian. He gives a look that is different than other Reds pitchers… and he’s nasty so far. I will be surprised if Strange-Gordon doesn’t make it too. Heineman’s chances just went up with the Votto news, but I think they would be more apt to have Castellanos play there till Votto returns. I think who plays first the next few weeks will say a lot about what the Reds are planning. I hope they continue to stretch out DeLeon because I would rather see him getting innings than Miley…unless Miley returns to form of course… not optimistic about that. Frankly, I wonder what kind of position player a guy like Lorenzen might bring back in trade. Aquino and Lorenzen for Boegarts…

    • JB

      Aquino and Lorenzen for Bogaerts? Boston laughs you right out of the room.

  11. BK

    Barring injury, I think Hoffman, Bedrosian, DoLittle and Ramirez are good shape to make the roster. That leaves one spot and lots of candidates. As good as Finnegan has looked, I think he will have to show some consistency in the minors before he gets another shot in the big leagues–but I am pumped that he is looking like his old self again. I’d send C. Perez and DeLeon to AAA and have them start. We will almost certainly need 2-3 additional starters to make it through the season.

    Likewise, the position players you selected as locks are pretty safe bets. If the Reds want a pure SS, Holder will make the team. Strange-Gordan brings speed and versatility. As a vet on a minor league contract, he may have an “opt out” clause which may give him a little edge. I’d like to see Aquino play everyday at AAA–I still like his potential and believe he’s more likely to reach it playing everyday. It’s just spring training, but Heineman and Schrock have looked good. I can definitely see them making the team. As of today, I see Strange-Gordan, Schrock, and Heineman in the utility role.

    Lastly, if Votto is out, I expect India to make the team as the starting 2B with Moustakas moving to 1B until Votto is ready.

    • MK

      Want to start the clock for a few weeks?

  12. Indy Red Man

    2-7 feels like an actual 2-7. This team can’t hit and they’re going to deaden the ball?
    Just in the car and Bob Costas was talking about ownership considering banning the shift. That might make this team (and mlb) watchable because last year was the most boring/frustrating .500 team I’ve ever seen. I work graveyard and starting watching Korean baseball last spring. Admittedly I’ve seen high school kids here with more range, but their hitters spray it around and everybody has some .320 hitters. Most don’t have a ton of power so they don’t swing like it. I miss that. Our game is dying imo. In the NBA you have LeBrons cherry picking teams and MLB has the Dodgers signing Bauer….same end result.

  13. DataDumpster

    It is said that the spring training results don’t mean a lot and most attention is focused on who is going to make up those last few spots on the roster (which is nearly always in flux).
    But, is it prudent that five key pitchers of our pitching staff (Castillo, Gray, Mahle, Miley, and Garrett) have gotten a total of 2 innings work between them at this stage? Some other position players have been shortchanged as well. After the 3-18, 1-8, and 15-21 starts of the last 3 years, I can only hope that the really important players are given adequate opportunity for enough preparation (especially after the lack thereof previously).

    • Doug Gray

      Garrett hasn’t pitched anywhere yet because he’s been injured. Castillo got a late start because he arrived late to camp. The other three guys have thrown in non-“A” games and gotten more time than the stats indicate.

      • DataDumpster

        Guess I missed the news on Garrett. These “other” games, is that something new, just an agreement for a side game with the team they are playing that day, or what? Kind of confusing, am just surprised that our high value pitchers aren’t getting the premier slots to pitch especially with all that talk about the lingering effect of the 2020 “short” season. Maybe it all doesn’t matter. Thanks for the update.

      • Grand Salami

        The only one that surprises me is Miley due to his injury history and age. How can they peg him for the 4/5 when seeing so very little in games? Especially with a decent group pushing up from the minor/rookie level.

        The secret is out on Tejay. Other fans are noticing him. He deserves a spot.

  14. GreatRedLegsFan

    The pitching staff looks fine, plenty of options available for both, starters and bullpen. As for position players looks like nobody wants to hit the ball!