The Cincinnati Reds hit the road this afternoon to take on their National League Central rivals, the Chicago Cubs.

Today’s game will be televised on MLB.tv via the Cubs broadcast on Marquee Sports Network. Radio broadcast for today is on 1360 WSAI.  The game is set to begin at 3:05pm ET.

Reds (3-1) and Cubs (2-2) Lineups

Reds

Cubs

1 TJ Friedl CF Ian Happ LF
2 Elly De La Cruz SS Dansby Swanson SS
3 Jeimer Candelario 3B Christopher Morel 3B
4 Spencer Steer LF Nico Hoerner 2B
5 Tyler Stephenson DH Mike Tauchman CF
6 Will Benson RF Yan Gomes C
7 Luke Maile C Patrick Wisdom 1B
8 Nick Martini 1B Alexander Canario RF
9 Josh Harrison 2B James Triantos DH
10 Frankie Montas SP Kyle Hendricks RHP

Reserve players on today’s Reds roster

* denotes that they are expected to pitch today

Pitchers Infielders
Connor Phillips* Edwin Arroyo
Zach Maxwell* Tyler Callihan
Tony Santillan* Erik Gonzalez
Alan Busenitz* Mark Mathias
Myles Gayman* Johnny Ascanio
Jake Gozzo* Outfielders
Owen Holt Conner Capel
Carson Rudd Jacob Hurtubise
Catchers Bubba Thompson
P.J. Higgins
Mat Nelson
Michael Trautwein
Daniel Vellojin

Where to watch/listen/follow the game

If you are looking to watch the game today you can find it on MLB.tv, or if you are in an area that picks up Marquee Sports Network. To listen to the game on the radio it will be available on 1360 WSAI. If you want to follow along with gameday, here is your link for that.

News and Notes

The Reds are going to…. bunt more?

Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote about the Reds and bunting on the back of Brett Butler coming through camp to work on bunting skills with the team. We took a look at what that might mean and why, at least for now, it doesn’t seem like there’s much to it with one obvious exception.

The Opening Day Parade has it’s grand marshals

FORE!

The Reds had a several players hit up the fairways and greens with the Bally Sports camera’s along for the ride.

30 Responses

  1. Mark Moore

    The golfing video is freaking HILARIOUS!!!

    One more meeting at 3PM and then I can pivot to baseball. Let’s beat the Stupid Cubs today!

  2. Jason

    I am watching it live right now on the Cubs network.

  3. Rut

    Game is on mlb.tv (at least for those out of area).

    Have to listen to the Stupid Cubs spin, but better than nothin

    • Doug Gray

      OOOOOOOOF!

      I do not know how the word “not” got into that sentence at the top about the game being on MLBtv.

  4. DaveCT

    Frankie Montas. Wow. Pretty sharp. And, with what could be a hidden benefit, with a bit of an edge if I’m seeing things right. Getting a guy with something to prove could work in the pitching staff’s favor. Nothing like a good old chip on your shoulder.

    Will Benson with a shot to the gap then hitting the afterburners. You think about the tall, high waisted guys who can really fly, then realize we have two.

    • MBS

      If we get the A’s Montas, that will be huge for the Reds!

    • CI3J

      Benson seems to have picked up where he left off last year.

      I’m expecting a big year from him. I hope the Reds lock him up to a long-term contract before he prices himself out of Cincinnati.

      • wkuchad

        The nice thing is, we have him “locked up” to a 5-year contract right now. He’s not a free agent until 2029.

      • CI3J

        Are you sure about that? Everything I’ve seen says he’s on a 1-year contract.

      • MBS

        He’s under team control for 5 years, he doesn’t have a contract.

      • wkuchad

        Correct MBS, thanks. That’s what I was trying to say.

  5. LDS

    It’s early but Montas started his Reds career with a couple of good innings. Thus far though, Candelario’s batting average is the same as Montas’ ERA. Let’s hope as the season progresses that Montas keeps his ERA close to Candelario’s batting average. That would be superb.

  6. Redsvol

    Love the camaraderie. That’s leadership. Would encourage the pitchers to be doing something similar. Baseball season is a grind. Need to mix in some fun time.

  7. Mark Moore

    Got caught up in after-meeting stuff and then life …

    So I tuned in as we were letting the lead slip away. Stayed for the sister-kisser. It’s what happens, I suppose. Solid showing from some of our early guys today.

  8. DaveCT

    Edwin Arroyo. Incredible play. This kid may arrive more quickly than we think.

    • Melvin

      Yep. Then we/they have some good problems to solve. EDLC in CF. Did I mention that before? 😉

      • TR

        Yes. I see that happening eventually with the multi-talented EDLC. Centerfield, after the thinning out of the surplus of infielders occurs, seems to me to be Elly’s natural position.

  9. Indy Red Man

    What if a poster just typed “Benson?”. Or last year when many of us complained about CES being held at AAA. Just type “CES?”

    Saves alot of time as a Captain Obvious style post and saying his OPS deserves a higher slot, etc. We all know that already and mostly gloss over it and don’t read it all. Be original. Throw a change-up once in a while

    • J

      I’m turning over a new leaf. Every day I’m going to congratulate Bell for something he’s done right. “Glad to see Benson in the outfield today instead of Ashcraft!” “Pleased to to see Fraley in the lineup today against a right-handed starter!” “Amazing choice to send Greene back out for the second inning after he threw 16 pitches in the first!” People like to see positive comments, and they like to see new ones every day, so I’m going to do my best to give the people what they want.

      • wkuchad

        You mind me of my son when he was in middle school. He just didn’t know when to stop talking back.

        Please just stop antagonizing Doug. Most of us would like for comments to stay on and not disabled.

      • J

        Here’s the weird thing for me. There are lots of people on this site (and other sites I pay attention to) that I find boring, annoying, repetitive, silly, etc. I cope with it just fine by skipping over their discussions and/or individual comments. It works great for them because they’re able to say whatever they want and get whatever they want out of the site, and they never have to put up with me telling them that they’re doing something wrong or bad, and I’m able to get what I want out of the site by ignoring them and focusing on the discussions and commenters that I find interesting. I’m not sure why this is even an issue, frankly, other than the fact that some people apparently can’t seem to stop reading comments they know they’re going to find annoying, and then they get annoyed. I really (seriously) don’t get it. I may remind you of your son when he was in middle school, but the difference (well, one of the differences — I hope there’s more than one difference) is that you have the option to ignore me 100% of the time and I can ignore you 100% of the time. This SHOULD be a win-win situation, but apparently it can’t be for some reason.

        As for Doug, he says he rarely sees my comments unless I’ve started some sort of war, so the idea that I’m “antagonizing” him is silly. I don’t expect him to even read this, so I’m certainly not deliberately antagonizing him. I’m just having a bit of fun. If we can’t even have fun because Doug might not like it, maybe it’s better if the comments do get turned off.

      • J

        Like, below, you say “this is the most I’ve paid attention to actual spring training results in a few years,” then tell us what you’re hoping will happen. Honestly, I don’t really care whether you’re paying attention to spring training, and I don’t really care what your hopes are. I didn’t come to this site to find out what you’re hoping will happen. But guess what? I coped with it. I just glanced at it and moved on. Didn’t bother me one bit, and I don’t feel any need to tell you to stop even though I’d personally prefer it if people didn’t post comments like that. You got to say whatever you wanted, and it didn’t hurt me one bit. If you say something similar tomorrow and the next day and the next and the next, I’m fine with it. Be my guest. Why this can’t be a reciprocal kind of thing is beyond me.

      • Doug Gray

        J decided to email me at 1 in the morning with this. He will no longer be posting here.

        Please, do not send me emails like this. I’m begging you.

        Hi Doug,

        My question, which I mean quite sincerely, is this: since you don’t like repetitive nasty comments about Bell’s dumb lineups, why do you post his dumb lineups prior to every game? Why not just say “the Reds are playing a game tonight at 7pm, the starting pitcher is Ashcraft, and the 9 other guys starting the game in no particular order are as follows…” When you list the batting order every single day — as one of the few things we are ALWAYS informed of prior to each game — it suggests to me (and I think to other people as well) that batting orders are something we ought to care about every day. If we shouldn’t care about it every day, why is it there every day? There’s all sorts of other relevant/interesting facts that could be listed prior to games that I don’t recall ever seeing (e.g., the starting players’ average OPS, average number of major league games played, average number of consecutive games played, home plate umpire’s ball/strike accuracy, etc.), and hardly anyone ever makes any comments about any of those things *because* they aren’t mentioned. You’re not only making us aware of the order every single day, you’re suggesting (at least indirectly) there’s some reason we ought to care about it every day, because why else would it be there? It seems strange to say “here’s something I think you need to know about today’s game as well as every other game this season” and then complain because people like me will make a couple comments about it most days. The comments are repetitive, yes, but so are the lineups. And the comments are negative, yes, but the lineups deserve that negativity. And, I might add, a LOT of people’s comments are redundant. I couldn’t begin to count the number of times I’ve seen the same comments about Elly’s poor plate discipline (or his great potential) or India’s poor fielding or Votto getting old or relief pitchers walking guys. It’s all very repetitive. If you’re going to highlight one particular thing prior to EVERY game, of course we’re going to talk about it more than we talk about other things. In short: if you don’t like seeing the same comments about lineups every day, why keep sticking the lineup in our faces? Post different information and you’ll start seeing different comments because you’ll be suggesting (at least indirectly) that other things matter more. And maybe you’ll focus on things that seem better than the lineup, which will mean the comments won’t be so negative.

        Yeah, I understand it’s my choice to post a comment or not post a comment, but when I see that dumb lineup staring me in the face every day (which is your choice, not mine), it’s gonna happen more often than not. You seem to think I’d be happier if I didn’t do this, but you’re so wrong about that. I LOVE doing it. And it’s not actually hurting anyone. I also yell at the screen when I see well-paid professional athletes, managers, and coaches doing dumb things — even though I’m aware it’s not actually going to help. So do millions of other sports fans. So what?

        For the life of me I don’t understand why it’s so hard for people to simply skip over the “J” comments if they’re so upsetting, and don’t understand why any sports blog would want to ban such a thing, since these are comments ABOUT the sport that take literally a few seconds to read, and absolutely nobody should find them deeply offensive or hurtful or painful in any way. But if it’s really so hard to tolerate these kind of repetitive negative comments, why keep triggering people like me with information that you KNOW is going to trigger us? Pick a lane, man. Either the lineups matter and need to be listed every day, in which case we should all feel free to dissect them every day, or they don’t matter enough to merit any comments, in which case they don’t need to be listed.

  10. Old-school

    The bigger lineup issue this year is if everyone stays healthy, there will be good hitters hitting 7-9 because its do deep. 2021 lineup was deep but injuries hampered 2nd half. The 2017-18 line up with Cozart and the Donkey, Votto, Suarez, Gennett, Duvall,Schebler (30 Home runs 2017) and at times Winker could string together big innings. Peraza had his 1 good year in 2018. I think they led the league in grand slams 2018 maybe with even Disco hitting one. Could be a potent deep 2024 offense.

  11. wkuchad

    This is the most I’ve paid attention to actual spring training results in a few years. I usually don’t get this locked in until opening day. I’m checking lineups to see which positions everyone is playing. My biggest hope is we have our full complement of healthy starting pitchers to start the season. Yesterday with Montas made me feel better about that. Hoping Ashcraft’s upcoming start goes as well.

    • greenmtred

      I’m in the same boat, wkuchad.

  12. Michael B. Green

    I’m hoping De La Cruz begins to develop better contact and discipline. Looked lost yesterday v. Cubs. That’s what Spring Training is for though, so hopefully something clicks. It did for Mike Schmidt in Spring Training of 1974.

  13. Justin T

    Just nice to see people not complaining about complainers. When I am criticizing the organization its pointed at the GM and field manager. The players themselves are an exciting group and I hope they come together and give us something special.

    As far as the criticisms, I simply want the GM and Manager to save themselves from themselves and stop tinkering and let the kids play. The game is played differently today in terms of philosophy, I just do not always believe you have to do what everyone else does. Most comments defending the manager state everyone else does it too. Lets just try to do what works for us! I do not need to like DB or NK, just win ballgames and I will not utter a negative word of either. Thats how simple it is. Negativity is exhausting but so is blind optimism. Nothing will make me happier than the Reds winning 15 of their first 20 games and capturing the city’s imagination in 2024.