This afternoon the Cincinnati Reds will kick off their spring training schedule when they take on the team that they share a complex with in Goodyear, the Cleveland Guardians. Cleveland will be the home team in the only match up between the two teams this spring. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05pm ET.

Reds (0-0) and Guardians (0-0) Lineups

Reds Cleveland
1 Jonathan India 2B Myles Straw CF
2 Joey Votto 1B Amed Rosario SS
3 Kyle Farmer SS Jose Ramirez 3B
4 Tyler Stephenson DH Franmil Reyes DH
5 Nick Senzel CF Bobby Bradley 1B
6 Aristides Aquino RF Bradley Zimmer RF
7 Andrew Knapp C Yu Chang 2B
8 TJ Friedl LF Oscar Mercado LF
9 Alejo Lopez 3B Austin Hedges C
10 Nick Lodolo SP Tanner Tully SP

Reserve players on today’s Reds roster:

Pitchers Infielders
Fernando Cruz Matt McLain
Eddy Demurias Quincy McAfee
Phillip Diehl Leonardo Rivas
Kyle Dowdy Cristian Santana
Joel Kuhnel Leo Seminati
Diomar Lopez Outfielders
Matt Pidich Trey Amburgey
Brandon Williamson Lorenzo Cedrola
Catchers Allan Cerda
Mark Kolozsvary Ronnie Dawson
Chuckie Robinson TJ Hopkins

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. You can watch the game live on Bally Sports Ohio and/or MLBtv if you have that service.

Reds links and news

The Reds are back in the Nick Castellanos Sweepstakes

This morning it was reported by Jon Heyman of MLB Network that the Cincinnati Reds were one of a few teams still interested in outfielder Nick Castellanos. After shedding payroll all week it seems that they should certainly have enough money to make it happen now.

The Full Spring Training TV and Radio Schedule

It’s been a really busy week involving a cornucopia of roster moves, trades, signings, etc. That’s led to a whole lot of writing, and perhaps the burying of some of the pieces that weren’t about the moves. One of those pieces you may have missed is the schedule for the television and radio broadcasts during spring training. You can find that here.

Four Reds prospects make MLB’s Top 100 list released their updated Top 100 Prospect List on Thursday night and four Cincinnati Reds prospects made the list. Pitchers Hunter Greene and Nick Lodolo were joined on the list by shortstops Elly De La Cruz and Matt McLain.

Game Recap: Guardians 3 – Reds 2

Cincinnati fell in the spring opener to Cleveland on Friday. They took a 2-0 lead in the top of the 4th inning on 2-run double by Nick Senzel that plated Joey Votto and Tyler Stephenson. But Cleveland nipped away, getting single runs in the 4th, 5th, and 7th inning to grab the victory.

The Highlights

Tyler Stephenson picked up a double, finishing 1-3 on the day. Joey Votto does what Joey Votto does – he drew a walk and picked up a single.

Nick Lodolo dominated, tossing 2.0 perfect innings with four strikeouts as he got the start on the day. He was followed by Top 100 prospect Brandon Williamson who made his Reds debut after just being acquired earlier this week in the trade with Seattle. He allowed a run in 1.2 innings. Joel Kuhnel, who missed most of the 2021 season recovering from shoulder surgery tossed a perfect 8th inning.

You can see the entire box score for the game right here.

Saturday’s Game

Tyler Mahle will start on Saturday night against Oakland at 9:05pm ET. Radio broadcast only – 700 WLW in the greater Cincinnati area.

34 Responses

  1. SultanofSwaff

    Excited to get a look at Lodolo, Williamson, and McClain. Let’s gooooo!

  2. Melvin

    I would think the “regulars” (e.g. Kyle Farmer lol) need to play a lot more than a normal spring training given the time frame in order to be ready for opening day.

  3. Frankie Tomatoes

    It sure is great to be listening to baseball again. Even with the crap the team has pulled with the trades it still feels right to just turn on the radio and hear Cowboy and Thrall describing Cincinnati Reds baseball.

    • Greenfield Red

      The Cowboy is the Old Lefthander 2.0. That’s about the nicest thing I’ve said about anybody today.

    • SultanofSwaff

      Didn’t see any changeups against righties but his Chris Sale like pitching motion is a sight to behold. We could have a top of the rotation starter here.

  4. Jpser05

    Lodolo looked fantastic and efficient!

  5. Mark Moore

    Tuned in just in time to see Votto capitalize on an error, TySteve shoot one off the corner of the wall, and Lil’ Nicky hammer one to CF. Got to love that kind of action.

  6. Jpser05

    Goes without saying, Senzel needs to stay healthy. He can hit.

    • Redsfan4life

      No offence but what little time he has been healthy he hasn’t hit.

      • MBS

        He hasn’t, but it’s in there. If he stays healthy his bat has a good chance of showing up.

  7. SultanofSwaff

    I like Williamson’s change up….neutralize right-handed batters and ensure he remains a starting pitcher. Not necessarily a power pitcher but I like the way he leverages his height and release point to create a steep angle.

  8. TheCoastMan

    Not sure who the Indians announcer is on Fox TV, but I find him very irritating. Anyone know who that is?

  9. TheCoastMan

    Williamson looks like he might be pretty good if he can get some bite on that off speed stuff.

  10. Mark A Verticchio

    I know many won’t agree, but I am really looking forward to this season. At 63 I really appreciate the game of baseball and hopefully the Reds will surprise and have a decent year.

    • MBS

      I’m excited about every year of Reds baseball.

      I’m not feeling like we’ll be all that good, but I can squint a bit and see a way forward. Barrero / Senzel would need to be who we think they can be, and Gutierrez plus 1 more young pitcher stepping up.

      • Brian Rutherford

        If you keep that up you will convince me that I will have to go back on my promise not to watch much.

    • Mark Moore

      I’m hoping you are correct. The bottom line here is that we’re playing baseball. Perhaps we do catch some lightening in a bottle. It’s going to be a very rapid ramp up to games that count. And I know it’s the first outing, but the video I saw of Lodolo looked great!

      • Bdh

        A few of the computer models have the reds between 77-79 wins with this group as is. Outperform that even a little with the expanded playoff and we’re actually talking about meaningful games in September.

  11. CFD3000

    Not thrilled about Farmer at SS instead of Barrero. Jose needs to play a full season if this roster is going to surprise us. Kyle Farmer won’t surprise anyone. On the plus side, Reds baseball! I’m always excited for each new season, even this year when the front office seems to be very not excited. But… play ball!

    • Mark Moore

      Didn’t see Barrero on the “available to play today” roster above.

      • Old -school

        I think you will see 50/50 split on reps with Barrero and Farmer at SS in spring training and use of DH for Stephenson and Barrero and Moose to get extra AB’s when they arent in spring training lineup as a position player to get at bats as important regulars. The rest of the DH time will go to Moran who is probably the DH against righties.

        We could see Barrero SS Farmer 3b and Solano DH againt lefties

    • LDS

      Remember Bell said Farmer is the SS and that Barrero can force the issue. Of course, he has to play to force the issue. How’s that working out? Remember this is game one. Maybe they’ll DFA Farmer again this year. Go with Barrero and McClain.

      • Melvin

        The Reds are looking for a decent hitting catcher to back up TS. There is already one on the roster. His name is Kyle Farmer. That would solve a lot of problems. Why I am not confident Mr. Bell will try it though? 🙂

  12. Old-school

    I dont have a problem with Miley/Barnhart/Suarez/Lorenzen/Garrett/Gray not being on the 2022 roster. Losing Winker needed a huge return and the net on all of those players cant simply be an 18 yo pitcher and Brandon Williamson and it kinda feels that way.

    But, loved seeing Lodolo and Williamson as 6’7 lefties out on the mound and Nick Senzel patrolling cf and doubling in 2 runs. I’m a Nick Senzel guy, have been, and will be. Service time manipulation and a terrible hitting coach wrecked his 2019 season. Covid wrecked 2020. Injuries wrecked 2021

    Senzel is going to bounce back.

    • Votto4life

      It’s odd that the “team friendly” contract the Reds had with Geno, turned out costing them their all-star left fielder.

      It’s just sad. Now that they have started ridding themselves of bad contracts by giving away talent, they might as well ship Mahle or Castillo off to anyone willing to take In Moose’s contract.

      I am less optimistic than about this team than I have ever been since I started following them in 1972.

      The Reds front office can say what they want, but all they have done this off season has been to slash payroll.

      If you have a competent front office and you scout, draft and develop players well and have a lot of good luck along the way, you may be able to have a successful rebuild.

      I don’t think the Red’s front office do any of those things particularly well. I think money is always going to be their top concern and I think under this owner they will always be risk adverse.

      I know they have a few decent prospects in the system. But what good is that if you have a top prospect like Jose Barrero and the manager refuses to give him playing time, instead going with a veteran utility infielder because he had a couple of good months?

      Even if the system produces enough talent to make the Reds competitive, Castellini will refuse to extend a player once he becomes too expensive.

      I just don’t see this team being competitive now or any in the future, as long as Bob Castellini owns the team and Nick Krall is the GM. I really hope I am wrong.

    • MuddyCleats

      I hope so! Do u see him as an OF; can he stay healthy out there?

  13. Rednat

    Nick C to Phils. they always seem to break our hearts!

  14. GreatRedLegsFan

    Senzel showing what he’s capable of when healthy: hard hitting, speed on the bases and covering lot of ground. What a difference maker he’d be.

    • TR

      I sense that Senzel is determined to be the Red’s offensive leader this year in the permanent absence of Castellano/Winker. He’ll be backed up by Naquin, India, Votto, Stephenson, and The Moose at DH. I have a feeling this year’s version of the Reds could be a surprise if Greene and Lodolo are in the starting rotation.