The Cincinnati Reds hit the road this afternoon and head off to Surprise to take on the Texas Rangers. First pitch is set for 3:05pm ET.

Reds (8-7-1) vs Rangers (6-9)



1 Jonathan India 2B Marcus Semien 2B
2 Tyler Stephenson C Corey Seager SS
3 Jake Fraley RF Nathaniel Lowe 1B
4 Kevin Newman SS Adolis Garcia RF
5 Chad Pinder 1B Mitch Garver C
6 Alejo Lopez 3B Josh Jung 3B
7 Stuart Fairchild CF Robbie Grossman LF
8 Richie Martin LF Yoshi Tsutsugo DH
9 Austin Romine DH Travis Jankowski CF
10 Chase Anderson RHP Cole Ragans LHP

Reserve players on today’s Reds roster:

Pitchers Infielders
Buck Farmer Leonardo Balcazar
Joel Kuhnel Ilvin Fernandez
Hunter Strickland Nick Northcut
Alex Young Nick Quintana
Zack Brown Jose Torres
Michael Byrne Michel Triana
Brooks Crawford Francisco Urbaez
Spencer Stockton Outfielders
Randy Wynne Michael Siani
Catchers Austin Hendrick
Michael Trautwein TJ Hopkins
Daniel Vellojin Nick Plummer

Where to watch/listen/follow the game

There is no television broadcast of the game. If you would like to follow along on the radio you can tune into 1360 WSAI.

Reds links and news

Reds made 5 roster cuts

The team made some roster cuts this afternoon prior to the game. The team optioned pitchers Lyon Richardson and Levi Stoudt, as well as utility man Nick Solak to the minor leagues. Catcher Chuckie Robinson and reliever Jared Solomon were reassigned to minor league camp. You can read about how each was performing in our article about the moves published earlier today.

Christian Encarnacion-Strand is killing it

Not that you needed to be told that Christian Encarnacion-Strand was tearing the cover off of the ball, but we’re here to tell you anyways. In spring training he’s leading everyone or tied at the top of the list in home runs, runs batted in, hits, extra-base hits, total bases, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and OPS. He’s hitting an absurd .625/.600/1.292 with an OPS of 1.892.

26 Responses

  1. JB

    Ugh another game not on. Is every other team not on much or is it just a Reds thing?

  2. LDS

    Pretty much a minor league roster for today’s game. Like to see the kids win it against the Rangers. It’s time for Stephenson and Fairchild to wake up. Past time for Fairchild since he has almost guaranteed that he’ll be optioned to Louisville. So has Pinder in my opinion. So it goes.

    • JB

      Love me some Kevin Newman batting fourth.

      • LDS

        Yep, Newman and Pinder back to back. The Reds’ latest incarnation of the Murderer’s Row

      • Harry Stoner

        I was getting so impatient I almost forgot Stephenson is coming back from a broken clavicle.

        Pinder is just a hit or two away for Bell.

        If he can just raise his game up to ‘mediocre’, he’s a lock.

  3. Bdh

    Fraley, Friedl, Myers, Benson, and 1 of Senzel/Pinder/Fairchild/Ramos = underrated outfield

      • Bdh

        Nope in the MLB. Try not to be so miserable

      • LDS

        Miserable? Not me. Try not to be so credulous.

      • Stock

        I am with BDH. I think Fraley, Benson and Myers are going to do very well.

      • MBS

        Since they added Benson, I’ve been pretty upbeat about the OF. I don’t see a need for a 5th OF, Fraley, Myers, Benson and Friedl seems good to me.

        @Old down below was mentioning the lack of pitching depth, and I tend to agree that’s the biggest problem with the roster. A healthy Sims could do a lot to help the pen, and hopefully a new arm will emerge in 2023 to go along with him. The rotation could be interesting if Cessa can repeat what he did last year, and Williamson steps up. Even if all of that happens, an injury or 2 will have us using people who are not competitive MLB’ers. No depth whatsoever with the pitching staff.

    • Votto4life

      I like the Wills. The problem is if Myers has a good first half, he will be traded at the deadline. Either way, he will be gone at the end of the year. Benson looks like an athlete, I hope he does well and he is a keeper. The remaining options in the outfield are just not every day major league players.

      The two biggest weaknesses I see going forward is the pitching and the outfield. If Lodolo or Greene get hurt or underperform, it will be a disastrous season. With the exception of Alex Diaz, the bullpen continues to be the weakest link IMO.

  4. GreatRedLegsFan

    Any reason why my comment wasn’t published?

  5. LDS

    Strickland picked up right where he left off last season. Time to punt.

    • Harry Stoner

      Bell: “Strick is getting close….”

      With this most recent tater, Strickland has lowered his spring ERA.

  6. MK

    Dear Reds,

    Please send Hunter Strickland home. If need be we will start a FundMe account to pay the plane fare.
    MK and Reds fans everywhere

  7. Old-school

    I like the young talent and young pitching. But- krall didnt get a proven SP Or add any bullpen pieces including a good lefty. This 26 man roster is going back to 2017 and only 21 mlb players or prospects with5-6 guys who arent pros.

    Asking a ton from big 3 and marginal bullpen guys

    Pitching depth is going to be a problem and any more injuries compound that.

    • Harry Stoner

      Krall didn’t make his big move to bring in Minor until mid March.

      There’s still time for some desperation moves.

      Or maybe shipping out CES or McLain or Marte for an innings nibbler.

      • LDS

        Shipping CES would alienate the fan base even further. Of the three, probably McLain and even then the return would have to be much better than Minor.

      • Greenfield Red

        A terrible ides IMO.

        I would stop following at all if he did something like that. Let the rebuild happen. They need to stick to the plan.

      • Harry Stoner

        Meant to emphasize the “desperation” of such a move.

        And the likelihood of only receiving a nibbler in return.

        The CES, Marte, McLain options was intended to be tongue-in-cheek.

        The Reds had SPs and traded them for “prospects”.

        To trade those prospects to get lesser quality pitchers in return would seem absurd.

      • Greenfield Red

        Thanks for explaining. Let 2023 be what it will be. I hope Will Myers has a good enough year to bring back a similar return as Pham did. Gotta keep filling that pipeline.

  8. JB

    Buck Farmer is going south. Might be another year of close your eyes when the bullpen comes in. Nice day by Fraley. What more can CES do to make the team and what more can Pinder do to not? Two weeks to go in Spring Training. It’s time to send down the guys who have no chance of making it. Let the starters get some at bats and rhythm going and let the final 5 or 6 fight it out for the last couple of spots. Starting fast is key this year. Not rest my starters and go 3-23.