The Cincinnati Reds will host the San Francisco Giants tonight at Goodyear Ballpark. 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 9:05pm ET.

Giants (8-10-2) and Reds (9-9-2) Lineups

Giants

Reds

1 Tyler Fitzgerald 2B Jonathan India 1B
2 Luis Matos CF Spencer Steer 2B
3 LaMonte Wade Jr. DH Jake Fraley RF
4 David Villar 1B Jeimer Candelario 3B
5 Marco Luciano SS Tyler Stephenson C
6 Casey Schmitt 3B Nick Martini DH
7 Joey Bart C Stuart Fairchild CF
8 Ismael Munguia LF Jacob Hurtubise LF
9 Chase Pinder RF Yan Contreras SS
10 Kyle Harrison LHP Frankie Montas RHP

Matt McLain was originally in the lineup, hitting 2nd, and starting at shortstop. An hour prior to first pitch he was scratched from the lineup with what the Reds say was left shoulder soreness and that it was for “precautionary reasons”.

Reserve players on today’s Reds roster

Pitchers Infielders
Emilio Pagan Jose Serrano
Justin Wilson Nick Northcut
Donovan Benoit Ivan Johnson
Sam Moll Luis Chevalier
Peyton Gray Outfielders
Carson Rudd Alexander Ovalles
Tony Santillan Justice Thompson
Catchers Francisco Urbaez
Eric Yang Allan Cerda
P.J. Higgins
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

The rotation is almost set and Williamson is feeling better

It looks like there’s only one spot in the rotation for one of Nick Lodolo, Brandon Williamson, and Andrew Abbott.

More roster cuts

Early in the afternoon we learned that the team told Josh Harrison that he wasn’t going to make the roster and that he chose to opt out of his contract and see if he could catch on somewhere else. A few hours after that the Reds announced they had reassigned pitchers Tyler Gilbert, Justin Bruihl, and Brooks Kriske, along with utility-man Tony Kemp to minor league camp.

Minor Leaguer’s get some acknowledgement

In one of the stranger, but funny things, MiLB.com released their Spring Breakout Series 1st and 2nd team All-Star selections. It’s funny because some teams didn’t even get to play, some teams are going to still play, and all but the Reds and Cardinals only played one game among the rest of the organizations, but hey – it’s still cool to recognize some players who may not otherwise get it.

The Reds had two players make the 1st Team. Shortstop Carlos Sanchez went 2-5 with a double, walk, and two runs batted in during his two games. Rhett Lowder also made the team for his two shutout innings with two strikeouts in the game he pitched in.

42 Responses

  1. AllTheHype

    Not sure I like the McLain news. Sure, they say precautionary, til its not.

    • David

      At this point in the Spring, with extended workouts and throwing, it just might be a bit of shoulder soreness from throwing A LOT. Rest it for a day, and he will probably feel fine tomorrow.
      And Williamson seems to feel better today, so maybe nothing chronic, just from all the work this Spring. You never know..
      Frank Robinson used to come to Spring Training and his shoulder would be really sore, and he had trouble throwing; and old Joe Nuxhall story. But by the start of the season, he would be fine.

      • David

        Of course, I guess it is his LEFT shoulder, which is not his throwing arm. So much for that theory.

    • greenmtred

      I’d be more worried if it were the oblique.

  2. BK

    Good to see that Moll should pitch, today.

  3. Mauired

    The curse of Barrero? Within one week of cutting him, Reds are potentially down 3 starting players.

    • Beaufort Red

      Watched the Rangers today. Barrero was 0-2 with 2 strikeouts. Still can’t hit a breaking ball.

      • Mauired

        I will admit he’s been very bad in Texas outside one good game with double and of assist at home plate. But still think he’s more valuable than Martini on the bench. But I could be wrong.

      • Harry Stoner

        Well, to be fair, the current Reds shortstop can’t hit a breaking ball either.

        The whole team was in the double-digit K zone often enough last year.

      • Beaufort Red

        Comparing Barrero to EDLC? Interesting. Maybe we should have released EDLC instead.

    • LDS

      Don’t be too hard on Barrero. We may see the same thing on Friedl’s return. Wrist injuries are tricky, especially when surgery is required. Hopefully, Friedl escapes surgery. Still going to be a while before he’s back.

  4. VaRedsFan

    I was very excited to see Antone go 2 innings yesterday. To reduce the stress of pitching back to back games, I’d like to see him go 2 innings with a day or two off, then 2 innings again. Of course, situations arise to make planning impossible.
    But, if there’s 1 guy in the pen you should make a plan and stick to it for, it’s Antone.

    • Harry Stoner

      With what he’s been through, he must have been on cloud nine after the game.

      A bit of a bright spot amidst all the recent grim news.

  5. Optimist

    Wilson could be an interesting addition. If he, Moll, Suter and Young combine to stay healthy 80% of the time that’s a fairly stable LHRP corps. Can’t recall the last time they had that.

    • Mark Moore

      Got to love versatility in the BP from the left side.

  6. AllTheHype

    Who’s the better defender at 2B, India or Steer? Hmmmmm.

    • David

      Steer is a good player and a good hitter, but he doesn’t really play good defense anywhere, which is maybe why Minnesota was quite willing to part with him.

      He’s “OK” at 1st base, but they may have thought he wasn’t that powerful a hitter to be a first baseman. Minnesota has another young 1st baseman that has a lot of HR power.

      • BK

        2B is his best spot. In fairness, he spent almost all of ST last season at 3B before shuttling around the field. He’s a good athlete. I suspect we’ll see much better defense this season.

      • Melvin

        Always said Steer is not as bad defensively as he’s sometimes made out to be. He’s better than India at least in my view.

      • DaveCT

        I’d suggest the defensive at 2B will improve regardless of who plays, given they won’t have to cover for Votto.

  7. Mark Moore

    Montas pretty dialed in for the first 2 innings. That’s a good sign.

    • Old-school

      Huge

      Third looked good too

      Cowboy saying wind blowing in though and several balls had different outcomes than normal but foul ball too that should have been an out

      Throwing strikes

      Reds need SP to separate and deliver quality innings

    • Old-school

      Yes

      Cowboy says took a foul ball in a bad spot and not arms or legs

      Cowboy says trainer or Bell had nothing they could do to help

  8. Kurt Frost

    If McClain starts the year on the field I’ll eat this bag of Hershey kisses.

  9. Old-school

    Montas gave them 4 credible innings with 5 k and 0 walks

    Job well done

    Greene and Ashcraft up next . Its go time

  10. Melvin

    Candelario hitting .074 with two Ks tonight. Wow. Maybe he’s just an “in season” hitter. 😉 Hope so. 🙂

    • LDS

      Haha, slow starter, confounded by all the minor league pitching he’s faced. He homers the AB

      • Melvin

        I should have spoke sooner. He now has two straight hits. Wow. Didn’t know I could do that. 😉 A double AND a triple? 🙂

    • AllTheHype

      Great timing on that. Two knocks by Candyman.

  11. Mauired

    No Elly again. Just 2 games in six days? Is he nursing some minor injury?

    • Melvin

      He was playing virtually every day there for awhile seemingly.