The Cincinnati Reds will host the Chicago White Sox tonight at Goodyear Ballpark. Hunter Greene will get the start for Cincinnati at 9:05pm ET.

White Sox (7-6) and Reds (6-5-1) Lineups

White Sox Reds
1 Tim Anderson SS Jonathan India 2B
2 Luis Robert CF Mike Moustakas 3B
3 Yoan Moncada 3B Tommy Pham LF
4 Yasmani Grandal C Joey Votto 1B
5 Eloy Jimenez DH Tyler Stephenson C
6 Gavin Sheets 1B Jake Fraley CF
7 Josh Harrison 2B Kyle Farmer SS
8 Romy Gonzalez RF Brandon Drury DH
9 Adam Haseley LF Aristides Aquino RF
10 Michael Kopech SP Hunter Greene SP

Reserve players on today’s Reds roster

Pitchers Infielders
Phillip Diehl Sebastian Almonte
Buck Farmer Colin Moran
Zack Godley Max Schrock
Kyle Zimmer Gus Steiger
Fernando Cruz Robbie Tenerowicz
Eddy Demurias Outfielders
Diomar Lopez Shogo Akiyama
Matt Pidich Ashton Creal
Catchers Isiah Gilliam
James Free Alex McGarry
Eric Yang Michael Siani

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. There is no television option for this game.

Reds links and news

Why wasn’t Nick Lodolo named to the rotation?

Yesterday the Cincinnati Reds named the first four starters in their rotation. They only have five starting pitchers in camp, but Nick Lodolo wasn’t named among the rotation just yet. We took a look at several reasons why the team may have held back from doing so earlier today.

Will GABP have fewer homers this year?

Eno Sarris of The Athletic took a look at what every team in baseball having a humidor for the game balls this year could potentially mean. Cincinnati is one of the more humid cities in baseball and the ball flies better in humid air, but a humidor will correct that.

Game Recap: White Sox 8 – Reds 2

The White Sox offense took advantage on Thursday night and beat the Reds 8-2.

The Highlights

It was a tough start for Hunter Greene, who allowed two home runs and was charged with five earned in 2.0 innings with one walk and four strikeouts.

After Greene exited, the bullpen settled in. Buck Farmer and Kyle Zimmer each threw a shutout inning with a walk and two strikeouts. Zack Godley and Phillip Diehl each threw 2.0 shutout innings – with Diehl picking up three strikeouts.

After a brief scare in the 1st inning in the field for Jonathan India that warranted a visit from manager David Bell and trainer Tomas Veras, India homered in the bottom of the 1st inning. He finished 1-3.

Mike Moustakas doubled and went 1-3. Tyler Stephenson went 1-3 with an RBI. Max Schrock came off of the bench and went 2-2. Jake Fraley went 1-2 and stole his 4th base of the spring.

You can see the box score for the game here.

Friday’s Game

Riley O’Brien will get the start for Cincinnati at 4:10pm ET.

30 Responses

  1. J

    I’d like to imagine they’re giving extra ABs to Fraley just to make sure he’s ready for the season, but my suspicion is he’s in the starting lineup because they’re trying to make sure Shogo doesn’t have too many opportunities to prove he doesn’t belong on the roster.

    • LDS

      Or perhaps that he does? Either way works against the Reds. Time to let him pursue opportunities elsewhere because he’s not going to get anywhere here and his career clock is ticking down.

  2. Doc

    Gutierrez pounded. Greene pounded. Suddenly warm fuzzies aren’t so warm or fuzzy.

    • Redsvol

      Greene is not ready. Struggled in AAA, giving up too many home runs. Reds are foolish to start with him on active roster. He needs another 20 starts in AAA. Its not a bad thing that he needs more time. He is only 22. Major league hitters have no problem with straight gas. He needs to work on the off speed stuff down in Louisville away from the national media.

      Lodolo on the other hand is ready. He pitched 3 years in college and shows the maturity needed to pitch in the majors. He also had time in February to prepare because he isn’t on the 40 man roster and not locked out. I do not understand why they chose Greene over Lodolo to start the season.

      • Frankie Tomatoes

        I’m old enough to remember when Ohtani wasn’t ready because of a poor showing in spring training.

    • AMDG

      Meh, Greene is a rookie.
      He is going to pitch like a rookie.
      You’ll get good days and you’ll get bad days.

      Gutierrez has carried about a 4.50 to 5.50 ERA at every level of the minors and majors.
      In his last 18 starts of 2021 he had a 5.24 ERA.
      ZiPS expects him to have a 5.63 ERA this year.
      He is a #5 starter at best, and his last outing was more the standard than the outlier.

    • Old Big Ed

      Sometimes you have to take Arizona spring training results with a grain of salt, especially in late March. The weather can get very dry, even for Arizona, and the win can make the balls fly way beyond normal. It tends to straighten out breaking pitches and to turn routine flyballs into home runs.

      I didn’t watch the game, and I don’t doubt that Greene was off last night, but it is probably better to chalk it up to a bad night in an environment that he won’t see when the ammunition is live.

      I love Arizona spring training as a fan because it is a great place to visit and the games are very accessible. However, I wonder if it really fits the Reds, especially its pitchers. Cincinnati is one of the more humid MLB cities, yet they are evaluating pitchers who are working spring training in a very dry environment. Plus, I don’t think that Goodyear has really caught on with Reds or Indians fans; Goodyear is by far the least attended ballpark in the Cactus League.

      • DataDumpster

        Interesting observations about the climate and such. Wonder how that information fits into the “analytics”. Santillan has an excellent slider while Hunter’s pitches don’t have too much movement. Is he ready?
        As for why the Reds left Florida, it really doesn’t make much sense…but after looking into it, we get the familiar story of Sarasota voters not willing to give the Reds a new stadium and no other venue willing to play ball with them either. So, lets save some money by sharing with the Guardians and getting a spanking new stadium in the middle of nowhere. Predictably, that is not a good draw (just 2,175 last night) and more importantly, the dry, dusty conditions don’t come close to replicating any semblance of the Cincinnati environment.

      • old-school

        I echo your sentiment OBE/DD.
        The sad part is with the discount air carriers, flying to Sarasota for Reds fans is easier and cheaper than ever. I enjoyed those trips immensely back in the day.

        Haven’t been to Arizona and the time and expense is far more of a commitment than a planned Florida family beach vacation with a game or 2 watching ST. How is the ocean and seafood this time of year in Goodyear?

  3. LDS

    Just checked the score for tonight’s game. Looks like Greene didn’t do particularly well. Hope he’s gotten it out of his system, no arm problems, just a learning experience.

  4. MuddyCleats

    Not watching, but based on what I’ve seen in the past, Hunter has to learn it’s not Throwing – It’s called pitching. Get off the FB – find a way to work on the change up especially vs ML hitterss

    • scotly50

      Every time I have watched Greene pitch he has thrown a flat fastball. MLB hitters will catch up no matter how hard the ball is thrown.

      • MuddyCleats

        Yes, these guys can time a missile. I’ve seen him 3 times in person sitting behind home plate. His FB has life especially in the upper zone. Haven’t seen him turn it over, cut it or go w/ a two seamer down low? His breaking ball is also hard. Even his Change up was clocked at at 92 in previous start. Obviously, a pitcher is building everything off the FB speed, but right now everything is hard. As a hitter, I want to eliminate pitches or zones. W/ Greene, I’m laying off FBs up and don’t really have to worry about anything soft that will make me look bad. That’s very helpful for a ML hitter. Greene’s breaking pitch and change-up have to b better – provide more variance.

  5. MuddyCleats

    Rumor is SD is looking for OF/CF help. Ryan Weathers or SP Paddack for Pitt’s OF Brian Reynolds has been mentioned. Could Reds package Shogo or AA ?

      • MuddyCleats

        Agree, but I guess it comes down to who you package him w/ and how desperate SD is for another OF? I don’t see Reynolds as a true CF in a big SD ball park? Likewise, Grisham, Beaty, who they just picked up, R LHHs. Profar is switch hitter. Myers has played CF, but may be slowing down w/ age.
        Shogo can handle it, AA maybe not as well. However, AA gives them a RHH OF to work in w/ Myers.
        When Tatis returns, my guess is he slides into OF in hopes he stays more healthy unless of course Abrams or Sim fall on their face at SS while he’s out? That being said, they may not want a stud OF they have to work around when moving Tatis into the OF? Who would sit? Shogo or AA would b more accustom to a bench role???

  6. Old-school

    Time will tell if Hunter Greene is ready or not. Ive said many times keep him off the Cionel Perez AAA I 71 bus and let him mature in AAA and give him
    10 starts + until hes dominating

    Were just seeing the latest iteration or Reds organizational schizophrenia

    They need to sell tickets now and artificially create enthusiasm

    Phil Castellini the marketer is running this team going forward

    • DaveCT

      Time will tell. Old School. Indeed.

      ReGardless of the specific speculation(s), Hunter Greene is here. My money’s on him staying here. He’s far beyond his years. Everything they’ve said true. We all know it.

      • MuddyCleats

        I tend to agree. If he goes back down, he’s much more likely to continue relying on his FB to blow guys away? That’s not going to make him better IMHO. In the ML w/ better hitters, he’ll be forced to make adjustments and see what he needs to working on when they do send him down.

  7. Old-school

    Reds Opening Day isnt sold out

    Never happened

    PC is in control now and HG is on the team to sell tickets

    • greenmtred

      He probably will sell tickets, but Castillo and Minor being unavailable probably has something to do with it, too. I’ve heard a number of times that pitchers use spring training to work on stuff, so reading too much into performance is a mistake.

  8. DaveCT

    Let’s not forget that was most of the White Sox starting lineup. They are monsters, that show up on the field and in nightmares.

  9. Reddawg2012

    It really seems like Hunter needs more time at AAA. Not just because of this start, he struggled with his command most of last season. He’s also still so young. I do however realize that DJ has forgotten more about pitching than I will ever know, so hopefully I’m wrong.

  10. Luke J

    I hate this narrative that a young, electric player needs to stay in AAA until he is so refined that he is utterly dominate at that level. Everyone greatly overstates the “risk” of someone coming up too early. That is a modern philosophy that is simply not correct. It’s ok for a young rookie with ML stuff to come up and struggle at times. Let them take their rookie lumps and learn and grow. A player’s psyche isn’t as fragile as you people think it is. A competitor wants to compete, and playing up to tougher competition won’t break them or stunt their development.

    • MuddyCleats

      Agree, he’s not going to grow, become much better, until knows what he needs to change / work on. He learns that by pitching against ML hitters when it counts.
      Command of the FB is one and pitching fm the stretch is another. Moreover, his off speed pitches have to get better. There’s a lot a pitcher can do by just changing a grip to cut or sink the ball; I don’t see him using that off his dynamic FB?

      I think this cup of coffee will b good for him. 4-5 starts until Mikey and Castillo return will be good for him. Then I think they should consider doing the same thing w/ Lodolo? Problem is for Reds, he may not struggle as much do to his FB / Slider combo??? He could become unhittable if he starts commanding a change up?

      • MuddyCleats

        should have been: (due to) his FB / Slider combo???

  11. SultanofSwaff

    This will all be water under the bridge when Greene becomes Cincy’s second rookie of the year in a row.

  12. Doc

    Look at all the greats throughout BB history. How many of them were so refined that they were dominant when they hit the big leagues. Ryan, Gibson are just two examples of HOF pitchers whose early couple of years were not spectacular but it didn’t take them long, and they didn’t get sent back to minor leagues to further develop.

  13. Jack

    Not a good outing for Greene but I don’t understand all the calls to keep him in AAA. He’s a rookie and going to have ups and downs. The Reds aren’t going anywhere this year so he may as well learn up here and get ready for that 2024 window so he isn’t a rookie then. People expect pitchers to come up and pitch like a Cy Young winner their first year, that is very rare. Cueto went through the same thing his first year, lots of ups and downs.