2013 Reds

Reds (Arroyo) vs. Rockies 10:10 p.m. ET

The Reds travel to the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick to play the Colorado Rockies tonight. The game starts at 10:10 p.m. ET and is broadcast on WLW. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is a partnership of the Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The 11,000-seat ballpark, plus 12 practice fields and office buildings is the first MLB spring training facility built on Native American land in the U.S. It’s one of the Cactus League facilities I haven’t seen. It’s new and state-of-the-art by all accounts. 

Brandon Phillips has returned to the club after playing for the U.S. team in the World Baseball Classic. He isn’t in the lineup tonight. A few veterans generally get to skip away games. Phillips, JoeyMVP and Shin-Soo Choo have tonight off. Mark Sheldon has the Reds’ starting lineup:

  1. Heisey 8
  2. Izturis 4
  3. Lutz 3
  4. Ludwick 7
  5. Bruce 9
  6. Frazier 5
  7. Cozart 6
  8. Hanigan 2
  9. Arroyo 1

Bronson Arroyo makes his third start this spring. He’s thrown a total of six innings in games so far. According to C. Trent Rosecrans, other pitchers on the trip include Hoover, Hensley, Hayes, Galarraga, McMyne and Pinckard.

Ryan Ludwick is batting fourth. If you’re a Ludwick fan, or enjoy reporting on sports agents, MLB Trade Rumors has a lengthy interview with the Reds’ left fielder about his choice of representation. In one answer, he describes various injuries he’s had: “I’ve had a lot of injuries as well, some people don’t know about.  I have an eight inch titanium rod in my hip, a six inch titanium rod in my ulna, I’ve had two knee surgeries, I’ve had a GI bleed which is a pretty bad ulcer where I had like five holes in my stomach from all the anti-inflammatories I was taking trying to get better from all the surgeries.” Ludwick must be a fun guy at TSA check-ins. 

As per tradition, the Reds will sell 1,500 tickets for Opening Day at the GABP box office, at 9 a.m. this Saturday. 1,000 View Level ($32) and 500 Standing Room Only ($20) will be available. Limit of four tickets per person. “Opening Day has many traditions, including fans being able to buy tickets at the box office for this first game of the season,” said Reds COO Phil Castellini, Chief Operating Officer of the Cincinnati Reds. According to the Reds press release, last year’s tickets sold out in under one hour.  

Speaking of Opening Day, the parade will be shorter this year, with the number of entries being reduced from 240 to 200. Neil Luken, Chairman of the parade, says he thinks a shorter parade will be friendlier to both the participants and watchers. Cliff Radel reports in the Cincinnati Enquirer. George Foster is the Grand Marshall this year. 

34 thoughts on “Reds (Arroyo) vs. Rockies 10:10 p.m. ET

  1. Apparently, Reds management had a BIG meeting in Goodyear today that delayed Dusty’s arrival to the Rockies facility in Scottsdale. In typical WJ style, there were NO revelations regarding those high level discussions, except of course Dusty feeling obliged to advise that Chapman was discussed among other issues.

  2. Frazier had a nice defensive play in the 1st, cutting in front of Cozart to grab a ground ball and winging the throw to Lutz at 1B to nip Blackmon at 1B, very reminicent of Scott Rolen.

  3. Frazier delivers another defensive gem in the 2nd on a hard hit ball down the line and throwing a strike to Lutz at 1B that Marty described as very Rolen-like.

  4. I’m particularly encouraged that with BP still out of the lineup, Cozart is hitting in the #7 hole with Izturis batting in the #2 hole. In his 1st time at bat, Cozart walks leading off the 3rd and Hanigan follows with a very tough but successful hit and run. Cozart then scores on a double by Arroyo, just off the glove of Fowler in deep CF. The Reds are playing baseball, eschewing the sacrifice bunt.

  5. According to Tweeters at the game : The wall in center is 410 feet away from home plate. Bronson was a few inches away from hitting the 1 in 410.

  6. Oh I’m used to entertaining myself, so I don’t mind. I just opened a bag of peanuts, popped a cold one and I’m sitting here dreaming about Opening Day at GABP in two (count ‘em … 2) weeks.

  7. Well say hey L4R!!! Yep that was the call on the radio. Bronson hit a drive off that bounced off the wall after glancing off the tip of Fowler’s glove.

    • @Brian Van Hook: Only to say that no one was commenting, other than Dusty of course, and Dusty simply advised that Chapman was discussed along with several other baseball issues.

  8. After a leadoff ground-rule double in the bottom of the 3rd, the Rockies elect to give up an out and sacrifice the runner over to 3B where he was stranded for a scoreless 3rd inning for Bronson. TY very very much for those free outs.

  9. Two double plays in four innings makes a ground ball pitcher with a solid defense behind him look pretty good.

  10. Nice outing by Arroyo so far … I thought it was interesting that this is the first year that he said he feels pressure to win.

  11. Marty was just listing starting pitchers for upcoming games. I was just coming back into the room, so maybe I missed it, but I didn’t hear Chapman’s name.

  12. Hoover replaces Arroyo with 2 out in the 6th and proceeds to SO the next 4 batters, all swinging. Solid!!!

    • @Shchi Cossack: If Hoover doesn’t make the team out of ST, it’ll be a crying shame. He has K’d his last 7 batters faced. (6 or 7, I’m not sure, but 7 sounds better.)

      • @Shchi Cossack: If Hoover doesn’t make the team out of ST, it’ll be a crying shame. He has K’d his last 7 batters faced. (6 or 7, I’m not sure, but 7 sounds better.)

        from what I’ve read … it sounds like JJ Hoover will not make the team out of ST. I think I read somewhere that Baker didn’t think he was ready.

  13. Bham makes it to 3rd on gap shot that didn’t make the warning track. Marty is amazed saying it would have been an in the park home run if it had made it to the track.

    • @Shchi Cossack: BHam’s had a rough spring by all accounts but that one triple makes is a markedly better statistical spring than Olivo. My only point is to show how bad Olivo has been.

      • @rightsaidred: Olivo has no place in any discussion of the 2013 Reds roster. BHam’s ST has certainly been disappointing for the multitudes of BHam fans and I’m sure it’s been an eye opener for BHam himself. I take solice in two factors:

        1] This is BHam’s 1st ST invite to the major league camp. Despite his less than stunning results, he has not complained and not hung his head. He has worked hard on both his CF defense and his plate discipline.

        2] Every season BHam has been challenged to improve upon the prior season’s results and every season he has succeeded in astonishing fashion. I see no reason that 2013 will be any different.

        • @Shchi Cossack: Based on what said under #2, I would even posit that ‘failure’ at ST#1 will serve as a better motivator this year at AAA than success may have. Billy now ‘knows what he doesn’t know’ at the big league level and can prepare accordingly.

          In a ‘seemingly related’ unrelated note, I am in the camp for testing the waters of a Choo extension due to the impression he has already made!

  14. Related to the comments about JJ Hoover, just remember that Todd Frazier started last season in AAA. If Hoover gets sent down he doesn’t have to stay there for very long, and when he’s there he’ll probably be working as a closer.

    Now I’ve got my eye on Alfredo Simon, he’ll be heading back to camp now that the WBC is over, but he better pitch well. Otherwise he might not stick around long after the season starts.

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