The Cincinnati Reds host the Kansas City Royals this afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark. Vladimir Gutierrez makes his final spring start with first pitch set for 4:05pm ET.

Royals (8-6-1) and Reds (8-7-1) Lineups

Royals Reds
1 Nicky Lopez 2B Jonathan India 2B
2 Bobby Witt Jr. 3B Tyler Naquin DH
3 Andrew Benintendi LF Tommy Pham LF
4 Carlos Santana 1B Mike Moustakas 3B
5 Ryan O’Hearn DH Tyler Stephenson C
6 Hunter Dozier RF Kyle Farmer SS
7 Adalberto Mondesi SS Nick Senzel CF
8 Michael A. Taylor CF Colin Moran 1B
9 Cam Gallagher C Jake Fraley RF
10 Brad Keller SP Vladimir Gutierrez SP

Reserve players on today’s Reds roster

Pitchers Infielders
Luis Cessa Leonardo Balcazar
Jeff Hoffman Austin Callahan
Dauri Moreta Allen Cordoba
Art Warren Brandon Drury
Justin Wilson Carlos Jorge
Stevie Branch Yassel Pino
Pedro Garcia Cristian Santana
Diomar Lopez Outfielders
Catchers Ariel Almonte
Aramis Garcia Aristides Aquino
Juan Garcia Jamal O’Guinn

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. No television option.

Reds links and news

Opening Day roster seems to be set

With the news that came out today prior to the game it seems that there really are no more questions as to what the opening day 28-man roster will look like. We broke it down here.

Spring Training records don’t matter

We all know that records, and even stats in spring training aren’t really predictive of what’s going to come in the regular season. But we all also know that when the team wins more and the players put up good stats instead of bad ones that we *feel* better.

With a win this afternoon the Reds will guarantee a winning record in spring training for just the second time in the last DECADE. In 2015 they went 15-14-3.

Minor League rosters are coming out

As I am typing this only one minor league roster from the Reds organization has been released today, but my expectation is that the rest of them also win up being released today. Louisville actually begins their season on Tuesday night. Chattanooga, Dayton, and Dayton all begin on Friday. We’ll have all of the rosters available once released at

Game Recap: Reds 10 – Royals 6

Another big day for the Reds offense as they picked up a win that included three home runs.

The Highlights

For the second straight day the Reds played home run derby. Nick Senzel crushed a 3-run homer in the 1st inning – his first of the spring. Senzel went 1-4 with a steal, 2 runs, and had 3 RBI. Jake Fraley went 1-3 with a 2-run homer in the 4th. It was also his first of the spring. In the 7th inning Aristides Aquino joined the party with a home run that left the stadium. The 2-run homer was his third of the spring.

Tommy Pham went 1-4 with a double and a run scored. Mike Moustakas also went 1-4 with a double and a run, but he also added an RBI. Tyler Stephenson went 2-3 with a walk, RBI, and 2 runs scored. Kyle Farmer went 2-3 with an RBI and a run. Colin Moran went 1-4 with a double.

After a tough start the bullpen came on strong. Jeff Hoffman, Justin Wilson, Dauri Moreta, and Art Warren all threw a shutout inning of relief to keep the Reds in front for the win.

The win guaranteed a winning spring training for only the second time in the last 10 years.

You can see the box score for the game here.

Tuesday’s Game

The final spring training game of the year will have Hunter Greene on the mound against the Seattle Mariners at 4:05pm ET.

27 Responses

  1. JB

    I think I’m more excited to see the minor league rosters. Doug is there anyway I can watch Louisville or the other teams on TV or even iPad?

    • Luke J

      I subscribe to milb tv and get basically all the minor league games on their app. It’s $50/year. Well worth it.

  2. Moon

    Will be going to see Chattanooga play when they are in Huntsville, Al in early May. Last year I went and watched Hunter Greene pitch. I have no idea what day or pitcher I want to see this year.

  3. Bdh

    Man I hope this is the Moustakas the reds get the entire year.

  4. Jpser05

    Nick with the blast! I hope he can stay healthy. I know that is an obvious statement, but I for some reason am overly optimistic for what he can provide to this lineup.

    • JB

      Same here. I would love to see what he can give the Reds with a full year.

      • Melvin

        If he has a great first half and they can trade him….they will. Hope he does though. It would be fun to watch.

    • MBS

      Moustakes and Senzel could be big additions if they keep this up.

      • Doug Gray

        i read this as “Moose Steaks” and now I’m hungry.

      • LDS

        And let’s hope Aquino”s spring is real as well. If the three of them actually produced, it would go a long way to turning around everyone’s dismal forecast.

      • Melvin

        AA looks ready to play. Hope they let him stay. :)….besides, he make very little pay in a way. haha

      • MBS

        Lol, I don’t know if they’d be tasty, but it’s a good nickname form him.

      • Jim Walker

        AA is finishing out ST with a genuine flourish. I understand folks being skeptical, but he has had a relatively high number of PAs (32) and his OPS is >1.000 with a .375 OBP. If he had a different surname and backstory the talk would be he was rounding into top form just as the regular season was starting.

        Let’s hope he continues.

  5. Bdh

    Doug – I know he just struck out but it’s got to be somewhat of a big deal that Ariel Almonte is getting into a major league spring training game as an 18 year old right? I’m assuming that doesn’t happen very often

    • Doug Gray

      Not really. The full-season affiliates all landed today at their destinations for the season (except Louisville, who landed this weekend since they begin their season tomorrow night). All of the “minor leaguers” on the travel roster today are young guys who will be in extended spring training. No one else is left in Arizona but those rookie ball guys and guys still on rehab. Usually this doesn’t happen because the MLB season begins a week before the minors do…. but not this year because of the lockout.

  6. LeRoy

    Does anyone know why India left the game after the 1st inning. I hope it was planned.

  7. LeRoy

    Never mind I just looked at the box score and he had 2 bb to give him 3 abs.

    • Jim Walker

      3 plate appearances (PA) but only 1 at bat (AB). Confusing at times; but, it makes a difference when calculating batting average and other metrics we throw around from time to time. 🙂

  8. Old-school

    I for one am glad to see roster turnover and young talent.

    They need a dominant lefty though in the bullpen but ive been saying that for years. Garrett in 2019
    Was the last bullpen lefty over a full season to be good .

    Zach duke Wandy Peralta Cionel Perez Cody Reed Amir Garrett 2021 version Josh Osich Sean Doolittle Brandon Finnegan Tony Cingrani John Lamb

    Manny parra was ok in 2015

    Is there some hidden rule the Reds arent allowed to have good lefty relief pitchers after Aroldis? Thats kinda important.

  9. Klugo

    Bullpen has seemed to be a positive this ST.

  10. Grand Salami

    Two bad ST starts for Gutierrez. I know they don’t count but we need him to be steady and reliable. Yet to see either.

    • Old Big Ed

      I will again caution not to read too much into pitcher’s performances on dry, windy and very hot days in Arizona. Pitches don’t break normally, and batted balls can carry beyond belief if the wind is right.

      It’s like the “high sky” out there, in that you have to see it with your own eyes to believe it.

      But I do agree that Gutierrez is likely the guy on the fence.

  11. Doc4uk

    Guiterrez will not be in the rotation when Castillo returns.

  12. redsfan4040

    I agree that Gutierrez might be the first out when Castillo / Minor returns. Having his first two starts be AT Atlanta and AT Dodgers doesn’t help his prospects of having a successful showing either.

  13. DataDumpster

    I have thought about this LH reliever conundrum quite a bit but only when you put the names down do I realize how true and confounding this situation is. I think the bullpen in general is looking up largely due to some decent pick ups after the ASG and some promising new members. But, for LH relievers, we have Wilson and nobody else? Is he capable of putting in 60 decent appearances? Going a little contrary, I am going to predict that the starting rotation will be weaker than the bullpen. There are a lot of good long term arms in the starting group for sure but to expect most of the younger class to contribute much WAR with the lack of experience and leadership among them, other pitchers, and catchers is asking a lot. Many mistakes will be made as part of the learning process and Wilson will be as crucial to the pitching as the “comeback” of Senzel and Moustakis will be to the offense.