The Cincinnati Reds will host the split-squad Colorado Rockies this afternoon at 4:05pm ET. James Marinan will get the start for Cincinnati.

Rockies (5-4-1) and Reds (5-3) Lineups

Rockies Reds
1 Garrett Hampson 2B Jonathan India 2B
2 Connor Joe RF Mike Moustakas DH
3 Sam Hilliard LF Tyler Stephenson C
4 Elias Diaz C Joey Votto 1B
5 Yonathan Daza CF Jake Bauers RF
6 Elehuris Montero 1B Donovan Solano 3B
7 Ezequiel Tovar SS Kyle Farmer SS
8 Scott Schebler DH Nick Senzel CF
9 Kyle Holder 3B Jake Fraley LF
10 Kyle Freeland SP James Marinan SP

Reserve players on today’s Reds roster

Pitchers Infielders
Zack Godley Brandon Drury
Art Warren Colin Moran
Justin Wilson Leonardo Rivas
Ryan Hendrix Max Schrock
Phillip Diehl Robbie Tenerowicz
Fernando Cruz Outfielders
Eddy Demurias Albert Almora Jr.
Diomar Lopez Aristides Aquino
Matt Pidich TJ Friedl
Catchers Jacob Hurtubise
Andrew Knapp
Eric Yang

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 in the greater Cincinnati area. You can also watch the game on Bally Sports Ohio and

Reds links and news

More Cuts

This afternoon prior to the game the Reds made more cuts and optioned pitcher Riley O’Brien to Triple-A. They also sent pitcher Kyle Dowdy and infielder Cristian Santana to the minors. Roster is now down to 46 players in camp (not including Tejay Antone).

Updated Probable Pitchers

  • Monday – Tyler Mahle (Tony Santillan will follow at some point)
  • Tuesday – Reiver Sanmartin (Nick Lodolo will follow at some point)
  • Wednesday – Vladimir Gutierrez
  • Thursday – Hunter Greene

The weekend starters are still listed as TBA.

Joey Votto and 40 home runs?

Eno Sarris has up his 10 bold predictions for 2022 up this weekend over at The Athletic. One of those predictions is that Joey Votto will hit 40 home runs this season. His career high in home runs in 37, which came in his 2010 MVP season. He did, however, hit 36 of them last year in just 129 games. With a fully healthy season, if he can maintain that level of pop, 40 doesn’t seem entirely out of the question.

Game Recap: Reds 4 – Rockies 4 (Final in 9 innings)

Colorado got a game tying home run in the top of the 9th to tie the game up. And that’s how the game ended after the Reds failed to score a run in the bottom of the inning. While there are no ties in baseball – spring training isn’t real baseball and they have ties.

The Highlights

James Marinan, who was optioned to the minors earlier in the week, got the start and allowed a run in 2.0 innings. Justin Wilson did his job, but the defense didn’t as he was charged with two unearned runs in an inning of work. Luis Cessa made his spring debut with a shutout inning that saw him allow a hit, a walk, and he picked up a strikeout. Art Warren threw a shutout inning with a strikeout. Phillip Diehl pitched shutout innings in both the 6th and 7th. Ryan Hendrix took over in the 8th inning and struck out two batters in a shutout inning.

Tyler Stephenson went 1-2 with a double and a walk. Jake Bauers went 2-3 with a run. Donovan Solano doubled while going 2-3 with 2 runs scored. Kyle Farmer went 1-2 with a run scored. Jake Fraley went 1-2 with 2 RBI. Max Schrock came off of the bench and went 2-2. He’s currently hitting a cool .700 this spring. Colin Moran was the only other sub to pick up a hit for the Reds, going 1-2 with a double.

You can see the box score for the game here.

Monday’s Game

A night game with first pitch set for 9:05pm ET with Tyler Mahle on the mound.

29 Responses

  1. LDS

    40 HRs? I’m not optimistic. I’ll take 30 and .280+ average and be happy. Especially if he’d hit comparably vs. LH’ers. But sadly, I think he could hit 60 this year and do little to change the Reds apparently downward trajectory.

    • Optimist

      Surely possible if the OBPs of the top 4 in the order are consistent. He, Pham, India and TySteve should give each other a lot of hittable pitches. Last year was the first time in a while that happened for Joey.

  2. Klugo

    C’mon Moose. Can you give is 100 games? 120?

    • Tomn

      Wish we could upload him and put shrock around 3b. Or cerda. Or someone other than Moran.

  3. Frankie Tomatoes

    Good to see Moose back. If the team has any shot to make the playoffs this year he has to stay healthy and produce like the old Moustakas.

    Is this the first game Cessa is going to pitch in?

  4. Bdh

    Jake Fraley with a sac fly and an RBI single off a left hander today.

    Not sure what Naquin hit off left handed pitching last year but I think Fraley is a 20/20 guy with enough at bats

  5. Old-school

    It would seem the top 4 OF are Naquin and Fraley from the L and Senzel and Pham from the R. Anyone disagree?

    Who is the 5th ?

    • JB

      Hopefully Freidl. I’ve seen enough of Shogo and Aquino. Let the kid play.

    • MBS

      Why a 5th OF? With the DH being taking the 5th spot from the bench, you only get 4 players on the bench.

      C (Knapp), OF (Fraley), UI (Solano). I’d go with (Schrock) as the last member of the bench.

      I’m assuming they didn’t pay Moran, to cut, so I have him as the DH with Moose at 3B.

  6. Old-school

    So friedl v akiyama v Aquino as last OF?

    • scotly50

      What sucks is it will be Akiyama. They will have to justify his paycheck. Akiyama really needs to be DFA’ed not considered for an outfield position.

  7. MK

    Really like the way Knapp receives the pitches. Would Koloszvary make it through waivers if they need his 40-man roster spot?

  8. Tom Mitsoff

    Let me say this now, barring any additional trades or acquisitions: Max Schrock as everyday DH against righties. That guy can hit.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      David Bell said Tommy Pham will be the everyday leftfielder. So …

      vs. RHP
      1B — Votto
      2B — India
      SS — Farmer (Barrero when healthy)
      3B — Moustakas
      C — Stephenson
      LF — Pham
      CF — Senzel
      RF — Naquin / Fraley (whoever is on a hot streak at the time)
      DH — Schrock

      vs. LHP
      1B — Votto
      2B — India
      SS — Farmer
      3B — Solano
      C — Stephenson
      LF — Pham
      CF — Senzel
      RF — Aquino
      DH — another RH bat needed (Barrero when healthy?)

      For clarity, I would send Barrero to Louisville for rehab period, and if he is hitting the ball well and playing well on defense, I’d bring him up and put him at SS against righties.

      This accounts for 13 position players (not the backup catcher). So except for Barrero opening on the DL, this is my idea for the non-pitchers portion of the roster. (No Akiyama, no Moran.)

      • Rednat

        not bad. Of the position players not here this year (Castleannos, Barnhart, Winker, Suarez) I think we will miss Barnhart the most.

        You know a lot of people are upset at the transactions since the end of last year but that core group of players had 2 years to get something done and they really didn’t. they were shut out in the first round of the 2020 playoffs, then went 12-17 in sept/oct of 2021 to miss the playoffs entirely. the crowd sides were decent the second half of the year but not great and really tailed off in september. (no attendances over 30k from september on). So i really don’t blame ownership for breaking the group up. This team may actually out perform last years club and at a lower cost.

      • AllTheHype

        Moran was signed to a guaranteed ML deal, which means he will definitely, positively be on the club barring injury. But, with a 28 man roster, there should be room, for now.

      • GreatRedLegsFan

        Unfortunately, $23MM are committed to three players that have very little potential to contribute in Moustakas, Akiyama and Moran. Having so many other options Aquino should be released as Pham, Senzel, Naquin, Fraley and Friedl will do the job.

    • Melvin

      I agree. Schrock can hit. Akiyama, unfortunately cannot. He cannot hit a mid to upper 90s fastball which makes him unusable as a major league baseball player these days. I see you haven’t given up on AA yet. Me either. Most on here have and if you go by just stats I can’t really blame them. I still think given a firm role on the team he will show some special things. We’ll see in a few days if the Reds have given up on him. If they do some other teams will want to take a chance on him. You can take that to the bank. By the way, I double down on what I said a few months ago. If Joey Votto stays healthy, he will lead the NL in HRs in 2022.

      • Jimbo44CN

        YOu bet they will. And with a regular role somewhere I am guessing (Aquino) he will do well. He’s a good defensive outfielder and if his bat comes around, look out.

      • MuddyCleats

        I think AA has to focus more on what pitch(es) he handles well and then wait for those pitches. W/ 2 strikes, that approach of course has to change. Right now he’s trying to cover every portion of the plate and getting himself out IMO?

      • JB

        Problem with AA is that he won’t get his chances. Bell has buried him on the bench and getting an at bat here an there doesn’t help him. He needs playing time and he won’t get it here. It all comes down to money and Akiyama and Moose are owed money. They will stay for only that reason.

  9. redsfan4040

    Of the NRIs, I wonder which ones have opt outs in their deals if they’re aren’t selected to the big league club. I bet at least Drury, Bauers, and Buck Farmer do.

    For 40 man roster spots, it really only feels like Justin Dunn to the 60 day IL to make room for back up catcher is the only sure move. I’d like to see the Reds add another LHRP (Diehl?). I also wouldn’t hate seeing Drury make the team, since he’d likely opt out and seek work elsewhere if he doesn’t make the club.

  10. Bill J

    Interesting, on a VERY SMALL size, Billy Hamilton is hitting .270 points higher than Jesse Winker this spring.

    • MK

      Wouldn’t it be ironic to see an outfield of Winker, Hamilton , Trammel this Season.