The Cincinnati Reds are ending spring training in Arizona today. And they’ll celebrate the final day by playing two games. They will be in Goodyear playing against Cleveland as the road team. The Reds take on the Guardians at 4:05pm ET. The team then sends another squad over to take on the Colorado Rockies. Cincinnati will be the road team in that contest, too, with first pitch at 4:10pm ET.
Reds (14-13-1) vs Guardians (11-14-2)
|1||Jonathan India||2B||Andres Gimenez||2B|
|2||Jake Fraley||LF||Amed Rosario||SS|
|3||Wil Myers||RF||Jose Ramirez||3B|
|4||Tyler Stephenson||1B||Josh Bell||DH|
|5||Spencer Steer||3B||Josh Naylor||1B|
|6||Curt Casali||C||Cam Gallagher||C|
|7||Jose Barrero||CF||Connor Kokx||LF|
|8||Stuart Fairchild||DH||Petey Halpin||CF|
|9||Alejo Lopez||SS||Johnathan Rodriguez||RF|
|10||Nick Lodolo||LHP||Triston McKenzie||RHP|
Reserve players on today’s Reds roster
|Alexis Diaz||Noelvi Marte|
|Lyon Richardson||Austin Callahan|
|Manuel Cachutt||Tyler Callihan|
|Connor Curlis||Quincy McAfee|
|Tommy Eveld||Jose Serrano|
|Ryan Nutof||Michel Triana|
|Jhonny Pereda||Nick Senzel|
|James Free||Michael Siani|
In today’s game notes only Nick Lodolo and Alexis Diaz are listed as “probable pitchers” in this game. There are five minor leaguers ready to go in the bullpen, but which of them get an opportunity to pitch is going to be a surprise for all of us.
Reds (14-13-1) vs Rockies (11-17)
|1||Kevin Newman||SS||Yonathan Daza||CF|
|2||TJ Friedl||CF||Kris Bryant||DH|
|3||Will Benson||LF||Ryan McMahon||2B|
|4||Luke Maile||C||C.J. Cron||1B|
|5||Henry Ramos||RF||Charlie Blackmon||RF|
|6||Jason Vosler||1B||Elehuris Montero||3B|
|7||Matt Reynolds||3B||Elias Diaz||C|
|8||Matt McLain||2B||Ezequiel Tovar||SS|
|9||Daniel Vellojin||DH||Brenton Doyle||LF|
|10||Derek Law||RHP||Kyle Freeland||RHP|
Reserve players on today’s Reds roster
|Fernando Cruz||Chuckie Robinson|
|Buck Farmer||Eric Yang|
|Joel Kuhnel||Alex McGarry|
|Bennett Sousa||Ilvin Fernandez|
|Zack Brown||Steven Leyton|
|Brooks Crawford||Nick Quintana|
|Andy Fisher||Jose Torres|
|Randy Wynne||Allan Cerda|
Expect to see a lot of pitching changes in this one for the Reds. With Derek Law getting the start, it may be a true bullpen day where you see eight or nine guys all pitch an inning each.
Where to watch/listen/follow the game
Both games will be available to watch on MLB.tv and they are FREE to watch – you do not need a subscription to MLB.tv to watch them today. Only the game against Cleveland will be on the radio and you can listen to it on 700 WLW AM.
Reds links and news
Reds complete the Will Benson trade
Late last night the Cincinnati Reds agreed to send pitching prospect Steve Hajjar to Cleveland to complete the trade from February that saw the Guardians ship Will Benson to the Reds.
Joey Votto’s Opening Day status is still uncertain
With today being the final day of spring training it’s got to be uncomfortable for the Reds to still be uncertain if Joey Votto’s going to be ready to start the year with the club or not.
Votto is playing in a Minor League game today and will travel back to Cincinnati with the team, Bell said. There is still no decision about his status for Opening Day.
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) March 26, 2023
Here’s to Lodolo having a strong final tune-up game. A little odd (or frustrating) that we went through games with no TV coverage and today we get both … and free if you don’t have the subscription. That’s one aspect of ST coverage I won’t miss.
I see CES and EDLC are both out until mid-to-late April. Hopefully, the injuries are no worse than described. Reds injury announcements always have me waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Oh my – is there a link to that? Waiting for Doug on the RML site as well.
NVM – just saw Doug’s tweet and the Goldsmith report. “Not good Bob” is an understatement.
Didn’t know they were out.
Homeplate Chumpire making sure Lodolo gets in plenty of pitches in his scheduled 5 innings. On the other hand, that’s preparation for the regular season, right?
And Jose barrero walks. Can we just pull him now and fly him to a secluded location in Hyde Park till Thursday? Kid has had himself a spring training.
Booth is saying starters will go about 5 innings and then head to the airport.
Fraley takes advantage … again.
Nice effort by the guys to go up 1-0. Same score over in Scottsdale against the Rocks so far.
Nick heads for Cincy and game #2. Umpire didn’t do him any favors from what I saw.
Over is Scottsdale, Gibaut had a decent inning. Gave up a hit, but no runs.
OK, that was a funny commercial. Tommy Boy Vogelbach going to steal 2nd because the bases are bigger. 😀
Scottsdale crew scored another. A double, some hustle, and a bad throw. Followed by another run on a bloop single.
Chased the rocks pitcher over in Scottsdale. Benson coming to bat with men on.
Nice footwork by the pitcher in Goodyear to get that force at 1st.
And then THAT happens. Maybe I’ve got the wrong game on the big screen today and need to switch.
I see bunting wasn’t on the teaching list this spring … again.
OK, I switched games on the big screen for a bit. At least we’re still up on the Rocks for now.
Diaz throwing some filthy stuff!
Oops … left a fat on over the plate and the Rocks are battling back. Good Guys still up 4-3 headed to the 5th.
Lodolo pulled in under 3. Pitch limit or injury, or other maybe?
59 pitches. So I’d say he hit the limit for his tune-up. He wasn’t as sharp as the last outing, but he looked decent. HP Chumpire didn’t help at all.
“I was happy with all the shape of my pitches and everything,” Lodolo said. “I pitched better than three walks. They were competitive. I feel good and am ready to roll.”
Lodolo, who next pitches on Saturday vs. the Pirates in the regular season, finished with a 2.16 ERA in five Cactus League starts with 11 hits, nine walks and 22 strikeouts over 16 2/3 innings.
Since the offseason, improving the changeup was Lodolo’s priority. He felt it was mission accomplished.
“The best my changeup has been in any start was today. The progress with that is right where I want it to be heading into Saturday,” Lodolo said. I really wanted to get that serviceable in any count. Today I showed that it was.”
Manager David Bell felt like Lodolo had a successful spring and was right there with fellow starters Hunter Greene and Graham Ashcraft.
Rockies game feed just showed a bunch of our guys with bags over their shoulders headed out because they’ve got a plane to catch. Maile is still catching, but the rest of the crew is all minor leaguers. Have to think it’s the same in Goodyear at this point.
I misread your comment thinking it was “bags over their heads”….which would not be quite as exciting. Maybe the Reds can swing a deal for a starter in the next couple of days so our guys won’t have to actually put bags over their heads.
+1,000 Kevin 😀
Kind of a boring couple of games today. Everyone ready to start playing for real.