The Cincinnati Reds make a road trip this afternoon to take on the Los Angeles Angels. Riley O’Brien will get the start for Cincinnati with first pitch set for 4:10pm ET.

Reds (6-6-1) and Angels (8-4-1) Lineups

Reds Angels
1 Shogo Akiyama LF Mike Trout CF
2 Nick Senzel CF Shohei Ohtani DH
3 Tyler Naquin RF Anthony Rendon 3B
4 Max Schrock 2B Jared Walsh 1B
5 Aristides Aquino DH Jo Adell RF
6 Colin Moran 3B Brandon Marsh LF
7 Brandon Drury SS Kurt Suzuki C
8 Aramis Garcia C Michael Stefanic 2B
9 Allen Cordoba 1B David Fletcher SS
10 Riley O’Brien SP Reid Detmers SP

Reserve players on today’s Reds roster

Pitchers Infielders
Ryan Hendrix Quincy McAfee
Joel Kuhnel Nick Quintana
Connor Overton Gus Steiger
Tony Santillan Francisco Urbaez
Jared Solomon Outfielders
Hunter Strickland Quin Cotton
Eddy Demurias TJ Hopkins
Fernando Cruz Jack Rogers
Spencer Stockton
Catchers
Mat Nelson
Garrett Wolforth

Where to watch/listen/follow the game

The game will be live on the Reds on Radio Network. The broadcast will be on 1360 WSAI in the greater Cincinnati area. On television you can watch on Bally Sports Ohio. As of now it is the final televised game of the spring.

Reds links and news

The Big Red Basestealers?

Ok, so they aren’t going to be confused with any teams from that past that were stealing a ton of bases, but Jesse Borek of MLB.com looked at how one of the worst teams in baseball at stealing bases last season could and likely will improve upon that in 2022.

How many innings will Hunter Greene throw in 2022?

Earlier today we took a look at Hunter Greene’s history and how many innings is a reasonable expectation for him to throw this upcoming year.

Game Recap: Angels 7 – Reds 6

Los Angeles scored a run in the bottom of the 9th inning for a walk-off win on Friday afternoon.

The Highlights

Aramis Garcia homered twice, giving him five on the spring – breaking a tie with Jonathan India for the team lead. He’s hitting .375 with an OPS of 1.725 as he battles for the backup catchers role. Brandon Drury added a 2-run homer of his own, going 1-3 with a walk and two runs. Nick Senzel went 3-4 with an RBI. Max Schrock went 1-2 with a walk and a double. He’s hitting .619 on the spring. Aristides Aquino went 2-5 with a double and an RBI. Allen Cordoba went 2-4. Francisco Urbaez came off the bench and went 1-2 with a double and a run scored.

Tony Santillan and Ryan Hendrix each threw a shutout inning with two strikeouts in relief. Joel Kuhnel picked up a strikeout in a shutout inning of relief. Connor Overton threw 2.0 shutout innings with a strikeout.

You can see the box score for the game here.

Saturday’s Game

Tyler Mahle will make his final start of the spring on Saturday night against the San Diego Padres in a 9:05pm ET game in Goodyear.

68 Responses

  1. realist

    Holy crap i don’t recognize hardly anyone in the lineup…..as being major league worthy.

    • Luke J

      I see this is your first spring training. Let me show you around…

    • MK

      Everyone in the lineup has Major League experience. Some not a lot but some so someone assumed they were major League ready. At least three of the reserve list have big league time.

    • PTBNL

      Are you looking at the Angels lineup by accident????

      There’s a few familiar names in that lineup….just a few.

    • realist

      Here is the part you missed…….as being major league ready, the Reds are going to be terrible this year. Pollyana Reds fans all say, Geez Mr. Castellini we will get them next year, glad you are saving so much money on your budget, I am my happiest every spring then i get sad when mathematical elimination sets in every September. i won’t look at this mean and nasty billboard, cause you might sell the team to someone who wants to move it. Seriously Shogo and Aquino in the same lineup.

      • PTBNL

        quick question…..are we still in Spring Training?

      • Votto4life

        I believe this week Phil Castellini was selling the Red’s spring season as a reason to be excited about this years Reds.

        I truly don’t see how anyone can honestly believe the Reds have a plan or this team is going to be within 10 games of .500 at the end of this season.

        Yes, the team has some good, exciting, young talented players who are going to be fun to watch. But every single person on this board knows as soon as those players cost a nickel over league minimum they are going to be shipped off.

        They won’t say it of course Realist, but you are exactly right.

      • Earmbrister

        So “realist”, this is you at your happiest?

        Good luck.

      • Luke J

        I repeat my sentiment that you are unfamiliar with what happens during spring training. It’s one thing to be negative/pessimistic, it’s another to base it on a spring training lineup with several people who won’t be on the major league roster. Get a clue pal.

      • greenmtred

        Let’s wait and see, shall we? They might be terrible, they might be mediocre, they might be pretty good. On the other hand, maybe you’re gifted with the ability to see in to the future. If that’s the case, why do you continue following the Reds, knowing what you know?

      • realist

        Luke J i am not unfamiliar with spring training in fact Phil Castellini (version 4.0) pointed toward spring training as a reason to be excited about the reds and they are starting Aquino and Akiyama two players who even the Pirates wouldn’t play. I have a clue, the Reds are going to be terrible, I believe that you do not know the game of baseball very well if you think this reds ownership can put a competitive team on the field they are incompetent. I am very happy, just not about the Reds, I hope Castellini reads this because he says he likes to read the fans opinions. Maybe you are really an Castellini?

    • Votto4life

      According to the owner’s son you have too little faith in the Red’s front office. You are too blame.

      Spoke to a salespersons at the Bally Store in Kenwood today and asked how sales were going. She said the Bengals and UC gear were selling like crazy. Not so much with the Red’s gear. She said first time she has been working there that FC Cincinnati shirts were outpacing the Reds.

      • Votto4life

        Dude, I was just making an observation about the Tee Shirts. Please point out where I said it was predictive of anything? Oh wait, you can’t.

        The only thing predicable here is you are going to making a rude comment.

      • greenmtred

        Sorry, Votto: The juxtaposition of the two parts of your comment–plus your overall body of work– suggested my reply.

      • Votto4life

        Greenmtred,

        If I have questioned your baseball knowledge or your loyalty to this team, then I sincerely beg your pardon, for it was never my intention to do so. To the contrary, I find you very knowledgeable about the game and very passionate about the Cincinnati Reds.

        My only criticism has been some of your reactions to posters who may have contrary beliefs to those of your own.

        We all are entitled to our opinions. Just because some posters here question the decisions made by the Red’s front office, does not mean they don’t care about the team. In fact, I would argue it demonstrate quite the opposite.

        To avoid such unpleasant communication, moving forward, I will not be responding to any of your comments or posts. If you will extend me the same courtsey, I believe it may lead to a better experience in this section for you, myself and all the people who come here to discuss Red’s baseball. Thank you.

      • greenmtred

        I was sincere in my apology, Votto. Obviously you care about the team and my sarcasm was uncalled for. I was reacting to the large amount of negativity in the comments–not just yours–but it isn’t unreasonable to feel negative.

  2. Indy Red Man

    Love the Reds, but I’m going big Bob C today and putting my priorities on cash flow. Angels -165 all day. Trout, Ohtani, Rendon, and Walsh vs the Reds going with 4 lefties in their first 6 hitters vs a lefty. I do really like Max Schrock. He’ll outhit Moose, but probably get 150 at-bats with the Reds this year. Thats how they roll.

    We can’t afford Miley so he goes to a divisional foe in order for us to afford an injured & inferior pitcher for basically the same money. Riiiiiiight

    • Indy Red Man

      Actually I like Brandon Drury too. He’s still only 29. Looked up his splits….520 lifetime at-bats vs lefties with 37 doubles/16 HRs. Only .717 ops because he doesn’t walk, but sometimes guy mature and figure that out a little bit. He’s def better then Aquino or Shogo vs righties

    • Greenfield Red

      Miley out til at least mid May. Maybe they knew something.

      • Eddiek957

        That’s what I thought when they released him

      • Earmbrister

        A little bit ironic …

        don’t you think?

      • Jim Walker

        But unfortunately what they knew may be offset by what they didn’t know about Minor who they sunk more into than they saved on Miley.

      • MK

        Think Minor is more a product of short Spring Training than a permanent issue. He has said he has had the issue before but had time to work it out by Opening Day in the past. Not unusual for a lot of veterans.

  3. JB

    Game is on MLB Network as well. Akiyama just got a hit. They might want to rest him now.

  4. Doc

    Last three games looking eerily like early the past year or two. Out of it early before the starter is gone. Games start to count late next week.

  5. Indy Red Man

    Anyone remember Joe Charboneau or Kevin Maas? They had an Aquino month and then hit like stockers at Amazon. The key difference being they weren’t still on the roster years later? ?? Get rid of this scrub and move on already. Was it with this organization that they simply cannot evaluate talent?

    • JB

      I believe Charboneau won ROY? I agree with Aquino, Shogo and Moran. Get rid of them. Garcia should be back up catcher as well.

      • Indy Red Man

        Moran? Ehhh? .781 lifetime ops vs righties. You could do worse if Moose goes down again, but yeah why carry guys that cannot help you?

      • JB

        You always want to give a million dollar contract to a guy with a 0.1 war. Moran is terrible and showing his elite defense today. Akiyama with a -0.3 war. I mean lord he is approaching Brandon Larson territory. If Larson was on the Reds today he would be going north. It’s going to be a long year.

  6. SteveO

    There’s no way Garcia and Schrock should be in Louisville to start the season. And the Reds should take their losses with Akiyama and Moran and try trading them, eating the majority of their salaries.Try to trade Aquino for a minor leaguer and Fraley, Friedl and Lopez should also go east to Atlanta. Give those 3 open roster spots to Lodolo, B. Farmer and Diehl. Adjustments made when the IL players are ready.

    • SteveO

      Didn’t realize Moran had an option, so keeping him and sending him to Louisville maybe a better option. Plus, I’d rather see Bauers get time with the Reds before him.

  7. JB

    Angels are going to kill somebody with those bullets.

  8. Indy Red Man

    So glad Bob C. saved some relative peanuts by swapping Givens for Hunter Strickland. Strickland was good last year, but he’s 4 years older then Givens and Givens has closer experience.

    6-1 easy $

    • JB

      You keep betting against the Reds this year and you might have enough winnings to buy the Reds.

    • JoshG

      I like Strickland better than Givens no matter the $$

      • Indy Red Man

        Why? You do realize Givens has pitched in Camden Yards, Coors, and GABP. It literally doesn’t get worse then that for a pitcher. He’s got pretty good stuff

      • JoshG

        Just never felt comfortable when he came in

    • Old-school

      The always take the over when Mahle pitches at home was a money-maker in 2021. What 2022 tip do you have?

      • Indy Red Man

        To be determined I think. I’ve been cleaning up on my Pacers terrible defense with NBA Overs. Just have to adapt with the situation. Reds may not hit enough to beat all the 9 and 9.5 Overs they’re going to see

        One I see is how bad they continue to look vs lefties. Joey and Moose aren’t going to help at all.

      • Old-school

        You beat me to the punch on lefties. Reds cant hit lefties yet on the other side Inexplicably- the reds are going to have a 10 pitcher bullpen with 1 lefty.

        The bullpen handedness righty dominance and inexperience at SP could lead to some regular 10 spots by good hitting clubs

      • Indy Red Man

        Yeah I hate tying up money all year, but we’re not winning 75 games. Teams are going to be lining up all their lefties vs the Reds every chance they get. Maybe if Castillo goes 16-8 or something, but they’ll probably trade him before the deadline cause he’s not minimum wage

      • JB

        Reds will have two lefties. Wilson and Diehl.

      • JoshG

        Diehl. Already sent to minor league camp

      • Old-school

        Diehl was optioned to the minors Tuesday

      • JB

        Didn’t see that. Not sure what Diehl has to do to make the team. He was better than Perez last year and the Reds couldn’t stop bringing him up. The brutal first half schedule will knock the Reds out early. They will be lucky to get out of April not already 10 out.

  9. JoshG

    I think I’m moving into the cit Moran crowd … at least when everyone is healthy .. especially if the choice is Moran or Shrock

  10. JoshG

    And yeah ., we have a winner in the # 2 catcher competition

  11. MBS

    Ok, I’m team Garcia as my backup catcher.

  12. Old-school

    Senzel and Santillan look ready to start the season

  13. Melvin

    Senzel hitting and not hurt. Holding my breath but good to see.

  14. Old-school

    Dont see how aquino makes this team

    At some point you have to give a credible professional at bat- he rarely does nor does Akiyama. I dont know that Naquin can play RF against lefties- may need to find a righty bat who can DH and play RF

    Reds should tell Aquino now hes being DFA’d but if he cant find a roster spot elsewhere- hes guaranteed RF every day in AAA.

    • Melvin

      Aquino will be picked pretty much instantly.

      • AllTheHype

        To be “picked up instantly”, a team would have to claim him knowing he can’t be optioned and is therefore guaranteed a roster spot and ML min salary. Very unlikely.

        He would likely be a free agent after being unclaimed, and sign a MiL contract somewhere, maybe with the Reds, as old-school suggested.

      • Melvin

        We’ll see. If the Reds were going to treat AA as they have they should have traded him at his peak value as soon as they signed Casty. As much as I’d like to see him play on a regular basis in Cincy it may just be that the Reds just can’t get out of him what’s there and he’d be better off somewhere else. By the way I’ve never understood why they signed Akiyama in the first place. DW is a good guy and did a lot of good things but he was just spending money to be spending money when he finally had it to spend. lol Not very wise in that regard.

      • Matt WI

        The Aquino dream is over. It is ok if another team picks him up. He becomes their issue, not a sign the Reds made a mistake. The game is littered with guys who had a good steak or 2 but couldn’t sustain it. Way back, Chris Stynes used to be a tough out for a couple of weeks for the Reds. They all have talent or they wouldn’t be there, the house money says he is not going to be the guy.

    • Jim Walker

      I saw an article recently about Wladimir Balentien; recall him from 2009 or so with the Reds? In 2010 he played the entire year for the Reds at AAA hitting 25HRs then jumped to Japan. In NPB, he became one of the all time HR hitters and had quite a career, retiring this past off season.

      I immediately thought of Aquino and wondered if perhaps his career would follow a similar path. The pitching median in NPB is supposedly AAA or 4A level which Aquino has already devasted over 2/3 of a season. And it is said to be a nice living for foreign guys who perform. I couldn’t find a lot of detail on Balentien’s salary beyond he was believed to have made $4m USD in 2019. Even if his decade there ended up with an AAV of a couple of million USD, along with the fringes foreign players get outside endorsement opportunities stars have there, that would be as much as a lot of guys ever make in a solid MLB career

  15. Maloney63

    Reds offense actually looks pretty good today considering three automatic outs are in the lineup: Shogo, Moran and Aquino (as if I needed to list them!)

  16. Indy Red Man

    Thats what I get for betting spring training/fading the Reds. Double no-no. I usually do neither, but our lefty vs lefty starting lineup was definitely mailing it in

    • LDS

      A week away from opening day and pitching really looks great. Which bullpen will be more “memorable”? 2021 or 2022? Or will we be able to tell the difference.

  17. Hunt4RedsOct

    Probably the longest road trip in Arizona for the team. Veteran opt out and get their work on the back fields.

  18. redsfan4040

    Doug mused on this on Twitter last night and it got me thinking too. The Reds need 40 man roster spots. The Reds do not have 40 man roster spots. They need spots for Garcia, probably Drury, and probably Lodolo for the second time through the rotation. They can 60 day IL Dunn, but beyond that, who goes? Drury would be an obvious (in my opinion) over Moran. As for as Lodolo, I’m not sure where they go. Shogo? Maybe they gave O’Brien the start yesterday to try and showcase him vs MLB hitters for a trade. Except for striking out Mike Trout, that didn’t exactly go great.

    • Jim Walker

      I’ll take the over/ under on at least 1 of Castillo, Sims, or Minor ending up on the 60 day IL.

      As Doug was also pointing out on Twitter, MLB has modified the IL rules on the fly to the point tracking the retroactive dates allowed isn’t straightforward just yet. This said, could Barrero be a 60 day IL candidate? Barrero is like the 3 pitchers mentioned above in that he hasn’t really been able to do any meaningful baseball activities yet this spring. The additional 2 and a half weeks between 6 weeks and 60 days could be put to good use letting him play himself into top condition at AAA on rehab.

  19. LDS

    Sure has been quite on the Reds’ moves front the last few days. Something’s got to give.