For the second straight day the Cincinnati Reds (1-0) are at Goodyear Ballpark, but this time they will be the home team as they host the Los Angeles Angels (0-0-1). Los Angeles is playing a set of split squad games today.

Today’s game will not be televised anywhere. Radio broadcast for today is on 700 WLW.  The game is set to begin at 3:05pm ET.

Angels and Reds Lineups

Angels

Reds

1 Nelson Rada CF Spencer Steer LF
2 Charles Leblanc 2B C. Encarnacion-Strand 1B
3 Mickey Moniak RF Luke Maile C
4 Hunter Dozier 1B Stuart Fairchild RF
5 Jo Adell LF Jose Barrero CF
6 Cole Fontenelle 3B Bubba Thompson DH
7 Miguel Sano DH Erik Gonzalez 3B
8 Chad Wallach C Mark Mathias 2B
9 Livan Soto SS Edwin Arroyo SS
10 Kenny Rosenberg LHP Hunter Greene RHP

Reserve players on today’s Reds roster

* denotes that they are expected to pitch today

Pitchers Infielders
Brandon Williamson* Tyler Callihan
Julian Aguiar* Alex McGarry
Tejay Antone* Hernan Perez
Stevie Branche* Jose Torres
Evan Kravetz* Outfielders
Michael Byrne Conner Capel
Myles Gayman Jacob Hurtubise
Peyton Gray Ethan O’Donnell
Catchers Francisco Urbaez
P.J. Higgins
Mat Nelson
Michael Trautwein
Daniel Vellojin

Where to watch/listen/follow the game

There is no television broadcast available today. If you are wanting to listen to the game on the radio it will be available on 700 WLW. If you want to follow along with gameday, here is your link for that.

News and Notes

Tuesday’s pitching lineup

Frankie Montas will get his first start of the spring on Tuesday against the Cubs. He’ll be followed in some order by Connor Phillips, Zach Maxwell, Tony Santillan, Alan Busenitz, Myles Gayman, and Jake Gozzo.

The Cubs get Bellinger

The National League Central got a little tougher early on Sunday morning as the Cubs signed Cody Bellinger to a 3-year deal. He could make up to $80,000,000, but has an option after each of the first two years. Those first two years he’ll make $30,000,000, and he has that third year for $20,000,000 if he sticks around. This deal is much shorter and for far less money than projected by MLB Trade Rumors (12-year, $264,000,000) and ESPN (7-year, $147,000,000).

38 Responses

  1. Amarillo

    I have a question for a commenter who went to Crosley. I was looking at photos recently and noticed that beyond the Center field wall was a public road, and beyond the Left field wall was a parking lot. So my question is how often did Home Run balls hit cars back then? Was just curious haha.

    • IndyRedsFan

      I seem to recall as story about “the longest home run hit in Crosley”.

      A ball landed into the back of a truck on the highway and ended up in Pittsburgh.

      (or something like that)

      • David Williams

        Jimmy Wynn (a Cincy native ) hit that ball. It landed on the interstate and bounced in traffic. Hell of a shot over the LF wall.

        Used to be you could drive by out there and get a glimpse of the game.

      • David Williams

        Jimmy Wynn (a Cincy native ) hit that ball. It landed on the interstate and bounced in traffic. Hell of a shot over the LF wall.

        Used to be you could drive by out there and get a glimpse of the game.

        It’s on youtube.

    • Optimist

      I was still a pre-teen when it closed, and only recall long foul balls leaving the park – the wall/scoreboard in center and the bleachers in right were tall and deep. But I also remember the story of someone hitting it onto the expressway/I-75 into the back of a truck. May just be a story.

    • Jimbo44CN

      Many fond memories of Crosley as a kid. Road behind it was I75

    • Oldtimer

      The parking lot beyond LF was a late addition in the 1960s. There used to be a commercial laundry building there. It was hit with HR pretty often. I suppose some cars were hit, too.

      The road beyond CF wall became the Mill Creek Expressway (I-75) in early 1960s. Balls rarely traveled the 500+ feet needed to reach it.

  2. Klugo

    Hopefully Bellinger falls back to earth sooner rather than later.

    • GreatRedLegsFan

      When I first read the predictions for Bellinger’s contract I just couldn’t believe it, good to see the first falling piece in the right place with Snell and Montgomery not far away.

  3. Jon

    One major issue I have with the Reds’ offseason is how much they’re relying on potential and hope rather than proven results. None of the trio of Lodolo/Greene/Ashcraft has completed a full season in the majors without significant time lost to injury. Montas is returning from injury and pitched less than an inning last year. The effectiveness and health of the rotation will be the success or failure of the Reds this season. And with the Bellinger signing, there is now even less room for error. If everything goes right for the rotation, this team could be in the World Series. If not, there will be a lot of criticism coming Krall’s direction.

    • greenmtred

      Krall was and is working with spending limitations that make building a WS contender through free-agency akin to impossible. What he’s done instead–and can anyone seriously think it isn’t by design?–is accumulate enough young talent, along with Montas and Candelario, to make contention plausible if they have some luck with injuries and the progression of the young players. So, yes, luck and hope are factors. To be fair, they are for every team, but the Reds are more reliant on it than most. Still, that plan has produced a team that will likely be exciting to watch and relevant and with the potential to be very good.

    • Optimist

      All true – that is the major issue. The minor solution they’ve added is depth – haven’t had that for a while, and certainly not last season. That’s probably enough to get to the playoffs, but not far beyond.

      • greenmtred

        That’s probably right for 2024, Optimist.

      • JB WV

        Will say this after last year, if you can get to the playoffs all bets are off. Texas? Braves, Dodgers, and Baltimore all sitting and watching at home.

  4. Laredo Slider

    Wynn’s HR and the ball that ended up it the guy’s truck comprise two different stories. Wynn HRs to CF and the ball did indeed end up rolling onto I-75. Saw it on TV at the time. I think prior to that Reds Catcher Ernie Lombardi Homers, the ball lands in a pickup truck but the guy didn’t find it until he got home, some 30 miles or some such. Event was jokingly called “Longest HR in Crossley.” Loved the elevated RF/Sun Deck area. Wasn’t there like a cannery beyond LF wall or out in that general area?

    Great place to have seen a minor league game was Nashville at the Sulphur Dell. RF was like 280′, also had a terrace, double wall with netting above, then a street then an ice house(I think). Wasn’t unusual to see lefties hit’em on the roof of the ice house. CF was well over 400′, maybe even 450. I was just a kid then, 10-12.

    • Oldtimer

      Commercial laundry beyond LF wall.

      Frank Robinson hit HR to CF that wound up on exit ramp from I-75. Estimated 500 ft.

    • J

      I loved playing little league baseball at the sports complex in Blue Ash ! Idk about today but it was the Little Crosley field we played tournament games on hahaha I believe Ken Griffey Jr had the longest High School HR there but not 100% sure plus this was 30 years ago lmao

    • Dennis Schiavone

      maybe i am wrong but, i don’t believe lombardi was the catcher

  5. Doc

    Fond memories of Crosley attending with my grandpa on Knothole days (free admission in uniform). Loved the terrace. Attended games there 1954-1967 before moving away to college. Saw all the greats of that era – Robbie, Klu, Vada, Gus. Ah, the memories!

  6. Doc

    So the ‘ace’ starts off by walking two in the first. Not a good omen. More like the pitching staff of last year.

    • LDS

      Too early for passing judgement on the season. After all, CES was very successful in last year’s ST and wound up in Louisville. If Greene walked a couple of guys while throwing his “new” pitches, I’ll take that at this point.

      • Old-school

        Per charlie goldsmith, debuted the curveball at 85 and 81 mph and very different look from the slider

      • VaRedsFan

        Music to my ears seeing those speeds on the curve

    • MBS

      Greene is not an ACE yet, but he’s got the goods to become one. If he’s got a reliable 3rd pitch that will go a long way to helping him get there.

    • Thatthathadhad

      That 0-2 walk to an 18 year old to start the game was a little disappointing lol.

    • Brian

      Was listening to Trevor May on Rates & Barrels podcast talking about how pitchers use spring training to round into shape for April. He said especially early in the spring they’re using the opportunity to test out new pitches or techniques so it’s worthwhile to see what kind of shape/velocity they’re showing early in spring, but command and execution don’t come til later. I’ll be interested to see if Greene can make effective use of the curveball this spring, but that’s about it.

    • 2020ball

      Lol at complaining about one inning in ST, his first at that

  7. MBS

    Radio crew impressed with Arroyo’s defense! Should be a fun year to see how he develops in AA/AAA.

  8. Old-school

    Arroyo and Lowder both starting in AA?

  9. magi210

    8 runs, 11 hits through 5, no complaints here.

  10. Ozzie

    Fairchild and Thompson both 3 for 3.

  11. Kevin Patrick

    Antone with 3 strikeouts. Yikes. Maile with a jack. If Maile turns into Buster Posey, this team is headed for 100 wins.