The Cincinnati Reds are in Goodyear this afternoon, but they’ll be the road team in this one as they take on the Cleveland Guardians. There’s no television today, but you can listen on the radio where 700 WLW will have the sounds from Arizona. First pitch is set for 7:05pm ET.

Reds (9-8-2) and Guardians (8-12-1) Lineups

Reds

Guardians

1 Matt McLain 2B Steven Kwan LF
2 Elly De La Cruz SS Andres Gimenez 2B
3 Spencer Steer DH Jose Ramirez 3B
4 Jake Fraley RF Josh Naylor 1B
5 Jeimer Candelario 3B Ramon Laureano DH
6 Jonathan India LF Will Brennan RF
7 Christian Encarnacion-Strand 1B Bo Naylor C
8 Will Benson CF Gabriel Arias SS
9 Luke Maile C Estevan Florial CF
10 Brandon Williamson LHP Shane Bieber RHP

Reserve players on today’s Reds roster

Pitchers Infielders
Mike Byrne Dominic Pitelli
Buck Farmer Carlos Sanchez
Peyton Gray Trey Faltine
Carson Rudd Ricardo Cabrera
Fernando Cruz Luis Chevalier
Tejay Antone Outfielders
Catchers Ethan O’Donnell
P.J. Higgins Jay Allen II
Diego Omana Hector Rodriguez
Michael Trautwein

Where to watch/listen/follow the game

There is no option to watch the game today. 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

No update on TJ Friedl

There was no update on TJ Friedl prior to the game today. Mark Sheldon of Reds.com is reporting that manager David Bell said that the team, doctor, and Friedl were expected to all see each other later today (this was said around 4:30pm ET). The outfielder was seen with a brace on his wrist, though.

Joey Votto debuts as a Blue Jay

And he homered* on the first pitch he saw.

Unfortunately after he got to the dugout he stepped on a bat, rolled his ankle, and was removed from the game. He noted that he hoped he would be good to go on Tuesday.

21 Responses

  1. RedsMonk65

    Oh, the agony… why is this game so late on a Sunday?!

  2. Old-school

    McLain leading off playing 2b. Ive seen worse lineups. Williamson wont go away. Hopefully he does what no one else has and gives them 5 quality innings 10 days away from Opening Day.

    Go Reds. Its go time.

  3. Melvin

    “And he homered* on the first pitch he saw.”

    Haha Never underestimate Joey Votto. I kind of think that bat boy, if they have one in ST, is in a little bit of trouble for leaving a bat laying around.

  4. CI3J

    Anyone else getting tired of Spring Training?

    I’m ready for the real games to start!

    Of course, that could just be because basically none of the spring games are televised. Whoever made the decision to only show 3 or 4 games for the whole spring should be drug out in the street and made to do silly dances for 24 hours straight!

  5. Jason Franklin

    I know I am just complaining, but why is CES batting 7th? Shouldn’t your best power threat/possiblly hitter, be batting further up?

    • MEGGO

      agree 1000% but jeimer has to bat 3-4-5 why??????

      • Pete

        It’s time for him to start showing signs of life.

    • Melvin

      Talk to me when the season starts. There’s no way he should be hitting anywhere but the middle of the order unless in a prolonged slump.

  6. Kevin Patrick

    This Votto thing is kind of like seeing Rose in an Expos uniform. I was a Philly fan in 1980. If that is the only thing he does as a Blue Jay, it was worth the minor league contract. Fantastic.

  7. Pete

    I know this is spring training and everyone’s just getting their work in but this is the week to kick in gear. I hope to God we just don’t sleepwalk into this season.

    • Pete

      3-4 weeks and they will reevaluate….

  8. Old-school

    Friedl wrist fracture

    SP a mess

    Marte out

    This isnt good

    • LDS

      Moose Candelario will carry them through

  9. RedsMonk65

    OUCH. Well crap. Injuries already taking their toll. Benson in CF is worth a look. Fairchild is a lock now, obviously, for roster. Glad depth was a priority this offseason. They will need it. Remaining youngsters had better step up.

    • Jim Walker

      Benson was probably the worst at getting a jump and running route of everyone in the OF for the Reds last year; and, that’s saying a lot given the competition included Steer who was learning on the job, and Senzel.

      Maybe they can get away with him in CF at GABP and Wrigley; but, not in bigger parks.

  10. David

    Williamson not so good today.

    And really, who has been good this week? The Reds kind of got clobbered on Saturday, but it seemed like MOST of the pitching was minor league guys, except for Diaz, and he did not pitch well.
    Jeimer Candelario is just not hitting. Period.
    Would he lose a starting job if he continues to “not hit” 4-5 weeks into the season? Would the Reds bite the bullet on their big off-season signing if he just doesn’t hit? I think NOT.

    • LDS

      Not hitting against a lot of minor league pitching. But he’ll start. Money dictates that. An article on si.com commented that the Reds were going gamble with their outfield, despite the units low floor. Now the best of the OF unit is out for what may turn out to be months. Marte could be back before Friedl. Their playoff odds, not particularly high to begin with, are now cratering.