The Cincinnati Reds are back at home and celebrating the return of Joey Votto to the lineup as they welcome the Los Angeles Dodgers to Goodyear. First pitch is set for 4:05pm ET.
Dodgers (8-4-3) vs Reds (8-8-1)
|1||Jason Heyward||CF||Will Benson||CF|
|2||Chris Taylor||3B||Joey Votto||1B|
|3||Steven Duggar||RF||Will Myers||RF|
|4||James Outman||LF||TJ Friedl||LF|
|5||Michael Busch||2B||Curt Casali||C|
|6||Yonny Hernandez||SS||Spencer Steer||3B|
|7||Ryan Ward||1B||Jose Barrero||SS|
|8||Jonny DeLuca||DH||Luke Maile||DH|
|9||Patrick Mazeika||C||Alejo Lopez||2B|
|10||Dustin May||RHP||Graham Ashcraft||RHP|
Reserve players on today’s Reds roster
Where to watch/listen/follow the game
The game is will be available to watch on MLB.tv as the Dodgers affiliate is carrying the game. If you want to listen on the radio you can tune in to 700 WLW.
Reds links and news
Joey Votto’s back in the lineup
The first base spot in today’s lineup is all Joey Votto’s. After spending the previous two days playing in minor league games on the backfields in Goodyear, Votto’s ready to take the next step and get into big league game action and he’ll be doing that this afternoon. Over at the Cincinnati Enquirer, Charlie Goldsmith wrote about Votto working with Christian Encarnacion-Strand at first base over the last few days.
Reds made two more cuts
Cincinnati announced cuts of Michael Siani and Noelvi Marte this morning. That’s on top of the five cuts that they made on Saturday morning. There are now 53 players in camp, not including Vladimir Gutierrez who is on the 60-day injured list.
Todd Frazier to throw out 1st Pitch on Opening Day
Todd Frazier will throw the ceremonial first pitch on the 147th #RedsOpeningDay?? pic.twitter.com/srnUp2oztf
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) March 12, 2023
53 guys is a boat load. They need to cut a lot more and get these starters playing and getting ready for opening day. Wire to wire this year!
Votto playing today? Hahaha NEVER count Joey Votto out. ?
Pretty cool 🙂
Curiously, the reports are that although he is playing today, it doesn’t mean he’s ready for opening day.
Like I said. NEVER count him out. ?
I doubt he will be ready by opening day. ST game is a good way to assess his rehab progress.
Benson is fast. Infield hit.
That’s what I said!
Man Benson is fast.
Ashcraft has 5K’s in 2 innings. Is that good?
He looks good today.
Certainly, a better outing than earlier. However, I think that Ashcraft is more effective when he strikes out fewer and induces more GB. Far more efficient.
Too bad LA can’t get a camera that is steady in centefield. Looks like the camera man is detoxing with these kinds of shakes.
Too bad Ashcraft had to leave early. Hopefully nothing serious.
Well that’s not good.
The MVPs defense is in mid season form.
We have to further define the word form
Man, Casali is so quiet behind the plate. He moves really well for a dude his size. I’m glad he’s back.
Nightingale said he’s walking around in the dugout watching the game from the top step. Probably not too serious if at all
I’m thinking he just tweaked his calf. Precautionary.
Joey with a laser to short …
First time watching a game this year with the pitch clock. It’s a big deal isn’t it?
Yeah, it’s been great.
There were some early hiccups as players adjusted, and TV graphics were all over the place as they tried to integrate it into the previously existing graphics, but in the past 2 weeks, it seems like everyone has adjusted to it. Even as a spectator, it now feels completely natural and like it’s always been there.
And, more importantly, games feel (and are!) a lot more streamlined now. There’s less time wasting and dilly-dallying between pitches. I think it’s chopped something like 30 minutes off the games, which is a good thing. Honestly, it’s kind of amazing it took them this long to implement it.
Still not a fan. If I want frenetic, I’ll watch the NBA or the NHL.
I wouldn’t call baseball “frenetic” even with the pitch clock. Honestly, games were just getting to be too long as everyone was just taking their sweet time between pitches.
You had some pitchers who were averaging 30 seconds between pitches, and that’s just too long. I don’t want to watch a pitcher shuffling around on the mound, fixing their cap, stretching, or doing whatever between pitches. Get the ball, get set, throw the ball.
In many ways, the pitching clock has forced players to play baseball the “old” way. Games used to be much shorter back in the day, but the time of games has been slowly creeping up through the years. Back in the 70’s and 80’s, the average length of a baseball game was about 2 1/2 hours, but over the last 40 years, that time has crept up to well over 3 hours. Part of that is because managers are changing pitchers more often than 40 years ago, and the other part is because the players take too long between pitches. I say, get on with the game.
I consider myself a baseball purist (I still don’t like the DH rule), but I think the 4 major changes they made this past offseason with the pitch clock, limiting pickoff attempts, larger bases, and banning the shift, will all have a really positive effect on the game going forward. Like I said, the brisker pace of play feels more like the way baseball used to be played before it slowed to a crawl.
I agree on the DH. I think baseball in general has become too focused on making and spending more money regardless of the outcome. Inter league, wildcards, expanded playoffs, ghost runners, etc.
Going to be one of those years again where we are begging for anybody in the bullpen to step up.
Thanks so much for benching the best player in all of ST for two straight games.
Just part of lowering the potential peaks so the bottom of the valleys don’t seem as low as they actually are 😉
Amen to that. I afraid the front office doesn’t care about wins and will send hottest player back to minor league camp soon. That is just my take.
We wouldn’t want Reds fans to get too excited and enjoy themselves too much would we? 🙂
Just a glimpse of how games will be against the big teams.