The Cincinnati Reds will play host to the Chicago Cubs tonight. Tyler Mahle will get the start, with first pitch set for 9:05pm ET.

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

Cubs Reds
1 Clint Frazier LF Jonathan India 2B
2 Jason Heyward CF Tyler Naquin RF
3 Jonathan Villar 3B Mike Moustakas 3B
4 Yan Gomes C Kyle Farmer SS
5 Nico Hoerner SS Jake Fraley CF
6 Alfonso Rivas 1B Aristides Aquino DH
7 Michael Hermosillo RF Max Schrock 1B
8 Ildemaro Vargas 2B Aramis Garcia C
9 Alexander Canario DH Shogo Akiyama LF
10 Marcus Stroman SP Tyler Mahle SP

Reserve players on today’s Reds roster

Pitchers Infielders
Alexis Diaz Allen Cordoba
Daniel Duarte Elly De La Cruz
Joel Kuhnel Juan Martinez
Dauri Moreta JT Riddle
Tony Santillan Leonardo Rivas
Nick Green Outfielders
Pedro Payano Matt Lloyd
Matt Pidich Alex McGarry
Catchers Jack Rogers
James Free Michael Siani
Mat Nelson

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 MLB Network and

Reds links and news

Luis Castillo and Mike Minor to start on the IL

In a move that felt inevitable, Luis Castillo and Mike Minor are not going to be ready to begin the season according to what David Bell told the media in Goodyear this afternoon.

Updated Probable Starters

  • Tuesday – Reiver Sanmartin
  • Wednesday – Vladimir Gutierrez
  • Thursday – Hunter Greene
  • Friday – Riley O’Brien
  • Saturday – Tyler Mahle
  • Sunday – Nick Lodolo

Aristides Aquino, Shogo Akiyama, or neither?

Earlier today we looked at the 5th outfielder spot on the roster that seems to come down to Shogo Akiyama, Aristides Aquino, or perhaps letting both go and the club going in a different direction.

Mariners say the PTBNL will hurt

Game Recap: Cubs 4 – Reds 2

Chicago scored three runs in the final two innings to beat the Reds on Monday night.

The Highlights

Tyler Mahle allowed a run in 3.2 innings on three hits and two walks while striking out five. Tony Santillan threw 2.0 shutout innings with a walk and three strikeouts. Daniel Duarte threw a shutout inning with two strikeouts.

Aramis Garcia went 1-3 with a walk and his 3rd home run of the spring. Tyler Naquin went 2-4 with a double. Max Schrock went 1-3 with a double.

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

Tuesday’s Game

Reiver Sanmartin will take the mound at 4:05pm ET for the Reds as they hit the road to take on the Texas Rangers. Radio and Bally Sports Ohio broadcast for this one.

34 Responses

  1. Mark Moore

    Nothing makes a Monday better than beating the Stupid Cubs … even if it is a mostly meaningless ST game.

  2. Redsvol

    Regarding Mariners trade – I hope it hurts real bad.

  3. Bdh

    Jerry Dipoto of the Mariners said the PTBNL that they’re giving the Reds is a painful one to give up but it’s the price of doing business.

    I was on the fence on this trade (leaning towards Mariners side) but If this player is of the quality that both Krall and Dipoto have claimed then the Reds might have clearly won it.

    Williamson has #2-3 starter potential and not far from the majors now

    Dunn when healthy is a slightly above average pitcher at the major league level.

    Fraley is an upgrade defensively and imo if given the ABs could turn into a 20/20 player in GABP

    Now the PTBNL is looking like it’s going to really be something of significance.

    That’s a really solid return for a player in Suarez who’s turned in 2 of the 5 lowest averages in franchise history the last 2 years and Winker who’s a stud but has flaws of his own (terrible splits, baserunning, defense, durability)

    • Bdh

      My fault for not reading the article before coming to the comments. Whoops!

  4. Randy in Chatt

    Doug, any idea through the grapevine who the player/prospect is in the Mariners PTBNL will be? When will the trade be consummated? Its risky to let this player continue to play in the Mariners system.

    Usually it is 2-3 players, then the trading team chooses, but this sounds like they have ONE player in mind.

    • Optimist

      I moved to Seattle a few years ago, and vaguely follow their farm system. It is generally considered very strong, and it is likely a Reds choice among 2 or 3, and I suspect it’s pitchers – and given DiPotos comments it’s likely an MLB ready bullpen addition.

      Also expect there’s a June or July deadline to see a bit of performance and no injury out of the gate.

      I think the Ms have ruled out Kirby, but I’ll be impressed if it’s one of the other starters.

      • Greenfield Red

        Major League Ready = Kiss of Death. I hope it’s a young guy.

  5. Old-school

    It’s all about the return. I dont mind losing any of the veterans lost if the prospect capital in return is good. Time will tell.
    I’m interested to watch Santillan pitch and what role he assumes. I think the Reds will use him like they started to with Antone last year out of the bullpen in high leverage situations with the ability to pitch more than an inning. That’s an asset. Moreta is another interesting player who should get an opportunity to breakout in the bullpen. Interested to see how he looks tonight.

  6. Old-school

    India plate discipline walk
    Naquin hustles a single into a double
    Moose non competitive at bat with runners 2/3
    Farmer competitive at bat drives in run
    Fraley plate discipline, walk SB.
    Aquino hits shallow pop cF off end of bat.

    I want guys who give competitive at bats with plate discipline and play hard to make the roster. Aquino and Akiyama need to show they are different in the next 7 days or its next man up.

    • Redsvol

      Here, here. I second this @Oldschool. With Moose, at least he has some track record that you can squint and hope he plays to the back of his baseball card. Aquino & Shogo, there is no solid track record. I’m done with both of them. Perhaps we keep Aquino until Barrero comes back but I’m not sure a team without playoff hopes should even bother doing that.

      • Old-school

        Schrock just doubled off a lefty.

        I’d play 2/4 every other day next week of Akiyama Aquino Schrock and Friedl . It’s getting time to cut and Akiyama and Aquino both need to earn their keep because they haven’t. Competition matters.

        Spring training doesnt matter for guys who have jobs. It does matter to guys who are competing to earn one.

  7. Bdh

    Fraley doing what Fraley does. Gets on base and then steals 2nd. Currently puts him in a 4 way tie for the SB leaderboard in spring training

  8. Old-school

    I was researching who the heck is Aramis Garcia after that HR and looked down and Akiyama was already out on some weak infield grounder apparently. What did Akiyama do?

    Akiyama and Aquino need to prove they are MLB players.

    • Bill J

      See the White Sox need an outfielder, could we trade one of them for a bag of balls?

      • Grand Salami

        They have to know one of them will be place on waivers soon enough. No leverage for a trade.

        The creative thing would be to potentially ship a real bat like Naquin and try to get something for the future.

  9. Bdh

    The backup catcher race doesn’t seem close to me

    Garcia > Knapp

    Garcia has so much more pop in his bat.

    • MuddyCleats

      Agree, Garcia is active behind the plate receiving pitches. I would think most pitchers like that and would like pitching to him? Yes he has good pop, but he also has good ABs in general. He may b a good option for RHH DH if he weren’t the backup catcher? He even runs well for a catcher that is.

  10. Redsvol

    Reds need to lock up Mahle for 5 years before he goes out makes himself unaffordable to us!

  11. DaveCt

    Kelenic would be nice and an appropriate, equivalent return for Winker, plus one of the filler pieces.

    Williamson and filler seem equivalent for Geno

    • Greenfield Red

      My vote for PTBNL would be for Juan Pinto, 17, LHP or Louis Bolivar, 18 Outfielder. Doubt they are on the list of players to choose from.

  12. SteveO

    28 man roster going east to Atlanta.
    C- Stephenson, Garcia
    IF- JV, India, Farmer, Moose, Solano, Moran
    OF- Naquin, Senzel, Pham, Fraley, Friedl
    U- Schrock
    SP- Mahle, Gutierrez, Lodolo, Greene
    RP- Sanmartin, Santillan, O’Brien, Diehl, Moreta, Hoffman, Wilson, Cessna, Strickland, Warren
    14 position and 14 pitchers.
    If 13 and 15, Hendrix until Sims is ready and Friedl down to Louisville.
    Dunn to 60 day IL, Aquino and Akiyama DFAd or traded.
    Hopefully, a trade can be made for Aquino for a minor leaguer and Akiyama sold to an NPB team where we eat majority of his salary (6-7M)
    Opens 3 roster spots for Lodolo, Garcia and Diehl.
    Sanmartin and Santillan piggyback Greene and Lodolo respectively.

    • Chris

      I love that you included Diehl. This is a lefty that was excellent all last year, and never got a call-up. He looks to be a very solid bullpen piece; just needs a shot.

  13. Frank

    On twitter I say two names who might be the PTBNL

    Adam Macko and Levi Stoudt. No idea about the trustworthy of the source though.

      • Jc

        Came up in Reds organization. Struggled last year. Mariners have plenty of outfielders.

    • Grand Salami

      one of two guys probably around or just outside the top 10 in their system would be a big boost to this return.

    • Greenfield Red

      I would like Macko. No on Delouch and Stoudt. 23 and 24 still in minors. That sounds too much like major league ready which really means dime a dozen that can be picked off the waver wire.

      The Reds need more young guys with real upside.

  14. GreatRedLegsFan

    After opening day roster is set there’ll be two players, Moustakas and Senzel, whose health & performance will be one of the most important factors for the Reds having a winning season.

  15. GreatRedLegsFan

    Reds may have a very promising starting rotation for years to come in Mahle (27), Greene (22), Lodolo (24), Williamson (23) Ashcraft (24), Sanmartin (25) and Gutierrez (26).

  16. CFD3000

    I feel like every other comment I’ve made recently, regardless of the purported topic of the article, is this: Tony Santillan should be in the Reds rotation, not their bullpen. He’s had nothing but solid outings this spring, he’d never pitched in relief until 2021 in Cincinnati, he’s physically strong enough to be a good, durable starter, and the best pitchers should get the most innings. Start Santillan ahead of SanMartin, Minor, Ashcraft and even Gutierrez (though given the IL situation he should probably be starting too). And if Greene and/or Lodolo isn’t truly ready for a full season in the majors Santillan should be ahead of them on the depth chart in the short term. Please let’s not relegate Big Tony to the bullpen just because he ended up there of necessity last year.

    • Old-school

      I agree with 1 potential exception. What if the Reds useage of Santillan out of the bullpen fits as a multi-inning high leverage pitcher who makes 65 appearances a year and throws 75 innings?

      Liam hendricks CWS, josh hader, Loisiga NYY, presley Astros, treinen Dodgers etc- All stud relievers pitched 65 games 70 Innings and WAR between 2 and 2.5.

      Santillan can handle the workload and be a valued asset in the late innings.

      • Grand Salami

        Agreed, Santillian offers the capability to be a more talented and durable Lorenzen in the bull pen.

        Before anyone says it’s a pipedream, Bell was using Antone similar to this before his injury. He was pitching all over the innings and was hardly limited to just one or two key outs.

    • Chris

      I just can’t get on board with the whole Santillan starting thing. He’s never been that good. Watching him as a reliever, you see a completely different guy. He goes all out, his velocity is up, and he shuts guys down. Outside of 2021 in the minors, and 2018 he’s just not been very good. Essentially, what you are asking for is to trade an outstanding bullpen arm (appears to be anyway), for a #5 starter who goes 4, maybe 5 innings at best. No thanks. We have too many options as starters right now, especially when Santillan may be one of our best bullpen arms.