Other than the pitcher, the Reds’ probable Opening Day lineup takes the field at Goodyear Ballpark today against the Kansas City Royals. Not only is this great to see because it’s a big fresh reminder that Opening Day is only FOUR days away, but it’s also an indication that the starting eight are healthy /knocks furiously on wood/.

The game will be broadcast on 1360 WSAI-AM in Cincinnati and on MLB.com.

  1. Shin-Soo Choo CF
  2. Brandon Phillips 2B
  3. Joey Votto 1B
  4. Ryan Ludwick LF
  5. Jay Bruce RF
  6. Todd Frazier 3B
  7. Zack Cozart SS
  8. Ryan Hanigan C
  9. Mat Latos P

Remember last Saturday when you held your breath for a few hours during the basketball tournament? It was after we learned that Mat Latos had gotten hit in the right shin/ankle by a line drive and before we found out the X-rays were negative. Mat’s apparently back and ready to go. He’ll likely start the second game of the regular season, next Wednesday, on Opening Night.

Mike Leake pitched well yesterday. Over six innings he gave up one run on five hits and one walk. He struck out four. Three Reds starters hit home runs: Choo, Ludwick and Votto. It’s looking extremely safe to assume that JoeyMVP has his power stroke back.

On the not-so-smiling side of the scoreboard, Logan Ondrusek gave up a two-run homer in his one inning of work. He’s allowed seven runs in his last three appearances.

It looks like Miguel Olivo may sign to play for the Miami Marlins – sort of in-between a minor league and major league job.

I still have a single ticket available for Opening Day. Email me at steve@redlegnation.com if you’re interested. It’s an amazing seat.


Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.

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  1. Fay said Ondru does indeed have another option and that he believes Hoover is a lock. I don’t like Fay often, but I do right now.

    • @hermanbates: Why don’t you like Fay?

      • @redsfanman: It’s a personal thing for me ha. He’s to realistic and cynical about things. Which is good for his line of work, but it doesn’t mean I have to like the guy. And he irks me more often than not.

    • Fay said Ondru does indeed have another option and that he believes Hoover is a lock. I don’t like Fay often, but I do right now.

      Mark Sheldon told me the same thing last night. (That interview will be posted later this evening.)

  2. ouch! rain and snow forecast for Opening Day??

  3. Open Question: What do you think any MLB team would give the Reds for Parra & Ondrusek?

  4. You know, spring training is about to end, and I still look at that lineup and just drool a little. There’s no Old Rolen, or Cairo, or Valdez, Stubbs, Harris.

    I find it hard to imagine many 1-8 lineups that can contend with the Reds. Even the bench this year makes me excited.

  5. Wow… three pitches = single, single, double.

    I hereby submit that anytime Choo gets on base, advances because of Dat Dude, and then is driven in by Votto… should be referred to as them pulling a “Choo Train”.

  6. that’s what I want to see LESS of this season. Second and third and nobody out, and nobody else scores? Ugly shades of parts of last season …

  7. Yeah, but we can probably count in the 1-3 spot scoring an average of two runs per game on their own, so there’s that at least. We only need the rest of the lineup scoring 1-2 runs and we’re set.

  8. I still wonder how many RBIs Choo will get hitting leadoff. Yes yes, not an important statistic, but he should get plenty of opportunities to drive in Hanigan. Choo is being publicized as an on-base guy but I think he’s more than that, he’s also a big run producer.

    • @redsfanman: He’s ot going to have a ton of oopportunities so I’d say in the range of 60-70. But you’re right, he hit third for the Indians most of the time. He’s a lot closer to Joey Votto than he is to Billy Hamilton.

  9. I’ll bet Votto is just bristling after grounding into a 1-2-3 double play.

  10. Marc Hulet had an interesting list of potential sleeper prospects. His player for the Reds was Seth Mejias-Brean, who I’ve liked since the Reds drafted. He wrote that in a perfect world, he’ll develop into an all star 3b. His only qualm was that he might not develop power. He’s supposed to be a high average, good defense type of player.

    Also, Cardinals released their guy, Anthony Bryant, who was a high upside, raw prospect. He’s only 22.

  11. Anyone giving odds that Latos’ leg/ankle isn’t 100%?

    • @Shchi Cossack: He apparently said he is feeling the effects of a cold and/or allergies, which might be bothering him more than the leg. Either way, I suspect he can’t wait to get his day finished.

      • @Brian Van Hook: Ah, good. I hope that’s it. A cold will pass by his next start. I don’t want to see some nagging leg injury slow his start.

    • @Shchi Cossack: I say it’s time to panic. He’s injured and he’ll never recover, ahhhhh! Hopefully he won’t give us an opportunity like this during the regular season.

  12. Does anyone else think it’s weird that Chapman hasn’t pitched since last Friday in his first relief appearance? Did I miss something? Shouldn’t he be building up to multiple days in a row?

    • @al: I imagine Dusty is reserving Chapman strictly for save situations so he can properly prepare for the season.

    • @al: 1-3 run leads in the 9th only.. never 3 days in a row, and no more than 3 out of 5 days. Hurray!

    • @al: I’m pretty sure Chapman pitched the other day in a minor league game. They knew he was going to make the team and weren’t concerned about seeing him.

  13. Well Ondrusek probably pitched himself off the 25 man roster yesterday and Parra probably pitched himself off the 25 man roster today. Thisngs are looking good for Hoover and Simon to make the roster.

  14. Arredondo puts in another solid performance: 1.0 inn, 0 h, 0 BB, 1 SO, lowering his ERA to 2.84 for the spring. It’s looking like Chapman, Broxton, Marshall, LeCure, Hoover, Arredondo & Simon for the bullpen, at least I hope that’s the bullpen makeup going to opening day. Ondru has an option left so he can go to AAA. If Parra refuses the minor league assignment, no big loss.

  15. I do have a question about Mark Berry – from what I gather he won’t be traveling with the team, and Chris Speier will be filling the role of a third-base coach full time for the foreseeable future. When Berry IS with the team he’ll be in the dugout.

    What happens if Dusty gets thrown out of a game? Who takes over and who makes the decisions? The guy in the dugout (Berry) or the official bench coach standing at third (Speier)?

    • @redsfanman: I assume Speier would still be the acting manager. They’re not going to change up the hierarchy. I would be interested to see who would go out to 3rd in that instance, though.

      • @RiverCity Redleg: As far as maintaining the hierarchy, I also don’t know enough about Speier to have any idea if he’s particularly concerned with retaining his place on the hierarchy, or if he’ll yield the ‘acting manager’ role to somebody else to focus on 3b.

        Hopefully Berry will be recovered/back fast and the Reds won’t have trouble with coaches or managers getting ejected in the meantime.

        • @redsfanman: To elaborate, not to be rude to Chris Speier but at age 62 I don’t think he needs to be particularly concerned about building up his managerial credentials or resume as an ‘acting manager’ when Dusty is unavailable. If he has confidence in his coworkers he feels like it’s important that he stick at 3b with Berry out… who knows, maybe he trusts one of them to fill the role of an acting manager.

          In a somewhat related note about the Reds’ hierarchy, I definitely don’t see Chris Speier as Dusty’s successor with the Reds. Dusty brought him to the Reds after working together in Chicago and they’ve worked together for a long time. If Dusty ever got fired (which I find highly unlikely at this point) it seems like they’d bring in somebody totally new, rather than simply promote Dusty’s closest associate.

  16. Hoover is a major league stud!!! He opens the inning with runners on 2B & 3B with no outs and proceeds to strike out the side on 9 pitches, all swinging strikes.

  17. Interesting that Ramon Hernandez was DFA’d by the Rockies.

    I don’t think the Reds are in a position to scoop him up, if Olivo can land a job somewhere, you’d think Ramon would land on his feet somewhere. But still…

  18. Mark Sheldon tweeted that Para was released ans Ondrusek was optioned to AAA. Only one more decision left, Donald or Izturis?

  19. About the backup shortstop I continue to be surprised.

    Donald, all along I thought he’d get the job because he’s out of options and because he might be the best hitter.

    Izturis, one of the writers (Fay, I think?) suggested the other day that he’s the favorite for the roster spot. He’s probably the best fielder and the most experienced candidate.

    Burriss, Marty Brennaman was clear on the radio on Tuesday that if he could choose he’d pick Burriss to make the team because he is the most versatile choice and steals bases.

    It’ll still be interesting to find out who they choose, but I’m surprised that they are still each being picked as the favorite/most likely candidate by credible sources.

    • @redsfanman: Burress stole 5 bases in 8 attempts last year. Jason Donald stole 4 in 4 attempts. Another example of Marty basing an opinion on a small sample of something he’s observed – Burress stealing a base or two this spring – instead of looking at the numbers. I can see the Reds taking Izturis or Donald, but not Burress. In 150 plate appearances last year, Burress had no home runs, no triples and one – one – double. He hit .213. If the Reds kept him, he’d be the absolute worst hitter in the major leagues.

      • @Steve Mancuso: Marty does that all the time. It drives me nuts. He’ll form an opinion of a player and then spout that opinion over and over. Then man of the fans who listen to the game start to share that opinion as they hear it all the time and Marty is a HOF broadcaster so he can’t possibly be wrong. They don’t do their own research and they start loving on or hating on a player based on Marty’s judgement. It’s annoying. Sorry, I’ll get off my soapbox now.

      • @Steve Mancuso: My point wasn’t that Burriss is a good option, just that each candidate still seems to have reputable supporters… and that people who closely follow the Reds seem to be making differing predictions. No matter who the Reds choose for the backup shortstop role some notable people in Reds country will probably be surprised.

        I never thought Burriss was a serious candidate to make the team, but I’ve been surprised by how much positive attention he’s gotten. Oh well. My bet is still on Jason Donald.

        • @redsfanman: My comment wasn’t directed to you. It was about Marty’s comment that you conveyed.

          My bet would be on Izturis. Not saying that’s the right choice. None of these three guys are really that good or hard to replace. I don’t think Donald’s roster status is going to make a difference in the end. Izturis has been edging ahead of him toward the end of spring.

          Although it’s difficult to express a meaningful independent opinion with none of the games being televised.

      • @Steve Mancuso: I still believe Donald should get the last utility IF spot, but Izturis has had a marvelous ST and I wouldn’t quibble if Izturis has earned a spot on the 25 man roster. Certainly, Burriss has neither earned not deserves a spot on the 25 man roster. My only concern is that if Donald makes the roster, then Izturis will go to Louisville for a major league replacement if Donald or Hanahan or Cozart go on the DL. If Izturis makes the roster, then I’m not sure that Donald will be available in Louisville if needed.

        • @Shchi Cossack: I agree with that. But at the end of the day I don’t think it matters much. Donald was .202/.246/.282 last year. Can’t imagine he’ll have major league offers. He may make it through waivers, or agree to a minor league assignment.

        • @Shchi Cossack: I’m good with any of the three with a slight preference for Izturis. I like his veterany goodness.

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Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky's Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve's thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.


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