The Cincinnati Reds will look to turn around their fortunes in Arizona after yesterday’s nail biting loss as they head to Camelback Ranch to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers. First pitch is set for 3:05pm ET.
Reds (1-2) vs Dodgers (2-1)
|1||Jake Fraley||RF||Chris Taylor||LF|
|2||Tyler Stephenson||1B||Freddie Freeman||1B|
|3||Chad Pinder||2B||J.D. Martinez||DH|
|4||TJ Friedl||CF||Max Muncy||3B|
|5||Spencer Steer||3B||Austin Barnes||C|
|6||Will Benson||DH||David Peralta||RF|
|7||Jose Barrero||SS||Trayce Thompson||CF|
|8||Luke Maile||C||Miguel Rojas||SS|
|9||Stuart Fairchild||LF||Michael Busch||2B|
|10||Nick Lodolo||LHP||Julio Urias||LHP|
Reserve players on today’s Reds roster:
Where to watch/listen/follow the game
The game is available to watch on MLB Network and MLB.tv. You can also listen to the game on the radio via 700 WLW.
Reds links and news
Will ownership spend if the Reds get good again?
Earlier today we looked at articles from Dan Szymborski of Fangraphs and JJ Cooper of Baseball America as a part of looking into when the team could contend again and how and why the ownership could approach adding to a team built mostly from the farm system if that happens.
Eric Davis on Elly De La Cruz
C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic spoke with Eric Davis about Elly De La Cruz. Davis has been working for the organization for 14 seasons in various roles but is now a special assistant in player performance and can be seen on the minor league side of instruction and evaluation often.
You saw him here in the Arizona Complex League, what have you seen from him?
The question is what haven’t I seen? Right? His abilities are second to none. I think the most important thing that Elly does is the things that you see every day — his smile, his enthusiasm, his ability to understand the game is genuine. And you just don’t see that in today’s game with someone so young. His love for what he does outshines to glory that he gets. And that’s what makes for a special player.
There’s a whole lot more to the article than that, but it felt like a good part to include before you head over to read the rest of it.
Injury updates on Matt Reynolds and Tony Santillan
Infielder Matt Reynolds has a mild grade 1 quad strain in both quads, but he's only expected to miss a few days.
Reliever Tony Santillan is throwing a side today. He'll likely still be out on Opening Day, but he's progressing well enough to return in early/mid April.
— Charlie Goldsmith (@CharlieG__) February 28, 2023
Everyone who can access the link above to C.Trent’s conversation with Eric Davis about EDLC should go read that conversation. Here it is again to make things even easier:
The substance of ED’s insights into EDLC and the journey ahead of him is solid and interesting. However, I left the article even more impressed with ED’s presentation and edge.
That winner’s edge has been sorely missing from the Reds managers, coaches, and players at the MLB level for too long save the brief run of Nick Castellanos with the team.
Good article. Injuries and cancer robbed Davis of a likely HoF career. As Davis said of Mays, if EDLC does half of what Davis did and stays healthy, it will be a terrific break for the Reds, assuming they don’t trade him for prospects.
I got to meet Eric Davis at the Civil Rights game banquet a few years ago. I have to say, he looked like he could still play! Very impressive human being in all aspects.
I know we aren’t supposed to look into spring stats too much but Fraley’s 2 hits this spring have come off impressive pitchers. Camilo Doval and now one of the better lefties in the league with Urias.
Glad to see him steal a base too. That’s 8 stolen bases for the reds in 28 innings so far. Hope they stay this aggressive in season
I do think between the larger bases and the pitch clock we’re going to see a lot more steals and aggressive base running this year.
Exactly. I’ve said this before. This might be a break for the Reds and get a team full of base stealers and defensive players.
Agree on the Base Stealing – an aspect of the game that has been missing form the Reds lineup far too long.
I hope we see more stolen bases, hit and runs etc. The analytics folk say you have to be successful 80% of the time before stolen bases helps the team. So, I am a bit skeptical we will see David Bell turning runners loose. Would be fun to watch though.
Reds catching behind Stephenson last year was 64/376 (.170). Also only had 15 walks compared to 123 strikeouts
Maile/Casali aren’t world beaters but aren’t the black hole that we saw last season. Huge upgrade
Exactly. Maile had a .301 OBP last year. Compared to what they had playing last year, I’ll take it.
As an old fan it always makes me happy to see the reds beat the dodgers. They flat owned us last year.
Some would say they’ve owned us since 1979 Jim T.
Wouldn’t surprise me.
Man, this Hudson guy would be right at home in the Reds’ bullpen. Maybe they’ll try to trade for him.
Who is Henry Ramos, and is anybody else impressed with his hitting?
He seems to be a big guy (6 ft, 215 lb), switch hitter, and has had very little ML AB’s at the tender age of 30.
Is this guy any good, a late bloomer, or just a Spring Training flash-in-the-pan?
He has been everywhere. I think he threw his hat in the ring today. Hey if nobody else wants the outfield spot im sure Ramos wouldnt mind taking it
He’s had a good game, but he’s just a camp body, unless he’s planning on pulling a Jose Bautista on us all.
He is at his age but it’s not like the other outfielders besides Myers have accomplished much at the big league level. I think Fraley, Myers are sure bets so far but everything after that …… I would take Benson and Friedl north right now. 5th spot ? Solak with a bomb today. I hope they all do well and make it a tough pick.
I suspect the latter, but maybe the Reds finally found something useful