The 2015 Cincinnati Reds take the field this afternoon for their first Cactus League game when they play Cleveland at 1:05 Arizona time (3:05 ET) at Goodyear Ballpark.

giphyYou probably saw the lineup yesterday:

  1. Billy Hamilton CF
  2. Brandon Phillips 2B
  3. Todd Frazier 3B
  4. Devin Mesoraco C
  5. Marlon Byrd LF
  6. Jay Bruce RF
  7. Zack Cozart SS
  8. Donald Lutz DH
  9. Josh Satin 1B

The pitchers are: Jason Marquis, Keyvius Sampson, J.J. Hoover, Nate Adcock, Pedro Villarreal, Daniel Corcino, Matt Magill.

Josh Satin (30) has a chance to make the team as a backup 1B/3B because there aren’t any obvious other candidates. Same with Donald Lutz (26) in the outfield; no healthy competition. Matt Magill (25) is the pitcher the Reds got from the Dodgers in the Chris Heisey trade. In January, the Reds picked up Keyvius Sampson (24) who washed out of the Padres organization. As recently as 2013, Sampson was a top-10 prospect in San Diego’s system. He’s got two pitches, so best suited for the bullpen.

Obligatory Lineup Panic: Joey Votto is not in the lineup but he is not hurt. In fact, he feels great.

Broadcast Info: The game will be broadcast on WLW Radio and delayed (4 p.m. ET) on the MLB TV network. The full spring training radio and television broadcast schedule is here.

Get Ready: Now is a great time to buy The Big Reds Preview and start your prep for the regular season. It’s 142 pages of stats and analysis about what you can expect from 30 of the Reds top players.

Elsewhere: Homer Bailey threw a bullpen session yesterday and reported that he feels fine and hasn’t given up on the idea of being ready for Opening Day. C. Trent Rosecrans has a good post up where he identifies the five most important things to watch for during spring training. John Fay on Mike Leake who says the Reds haven’t contacted him about a contract extension. If you’re trying to stay optimistic about the Reds chances this year, don’t read this.

Friendly Advice: Before you put too much emphasis on spring training stats, remember these from last year:

  • Roger Bernadina: .413/.518/.738, 3 home runs in 46 PA
  • Neftali Soto: .383/.396/.681, 3 home runs in 47 PA

Followed by these in the regular season stats:

  • Bernadina: .153/.286/.203 in 59 PA
  • Soto: .100/.097/.133 in 30 PA

18 Responses

  1. cfd3000

    Hope springs eternal. Couldn’t wait for pitchers and catchers to report. Couldn’t wait for this first game. Can’t wait for opening day. Go Reds!

  2. lwblogger2

    See, I wasn’t worried about Votto until reading that article on Reds.com about him not ready to be in the lineup for at least a few more days. I really, really hope to see Votto play 150 games (a couple games off per month just for a break) and avoid the injury bug. If healthy, I know he’ll be productive.

    I’m actually less worried about Bailey, even though with a thinner rotation, his health is probably just as important as Votto’s this year.

    Jay Bruce is my favorite player. I hope he bounces back and shuts up some of his critics this year.

    Lastly, I’d love to see BP catch some of his old magic and put up a good season. I’ve projected him with an OPS of under .700 but I’m hoping he can add 20-30 points to that and play the stellar defense he’s capable of. I’d love to see him play 150 games too.

  3. preacherj

    Are we doing a game thread for this? It’s spring training for commentators as well.

    • Matt WI

      Nice! I’ll have my season commentor projections up soon. Spoiler alert- Preach… there are questions about the aging curve you’re going to have respond too. 😉

      • preacherj

        LOL. “I feel as good as I have in years. I’m willing to comment anywhere in the lineup, one through five. I’m happy to be here, and hope I can help the team. ”

        And Matt……don’t let me catch you on my lawn.

      • lwblogger2

        You rock Preach! And you’re clearly a disciple of the Crash Davis School of Giving Baseball Interviews.

      • VaRedsFan

        Don’t forget to take it one game at a time!

      • lwblogger2

        Hey Steve, the review of the Reds in that article wasn’t too, too bad. It wasn’t that good either but it wasn’t a complete downer.

  4. charlottencredsfan

    Yes! I’ll be watching the guys today and can’t wait to see 3 PM roll around. Only mild concern is JV’s wheels. Man this thing has been going on for a while now.

    With LW, I expect JB to bounce back and Homer to at least get 25 healthy starts. Although I don’t predict vintage BP, I think he will have a pretty decent season. My eyes are focused on the Kid and hope he picks up where he left of at the ASB.

    My expectations for the club are very low this year so I can be nothing but pleased with anything that proves me wrong. Go Reds!!

  5. charlottencredsfan

    Price on Votto playing in Spring Training games:

    “I don’t anticipate it being in the middle of the schedule, it’s really hard for me to say an exact date,” manager Bryan Price said Tuesday prior to the Reds’ spring opener vs. the Indians. “It really comes down to getting enough reps to where we’re comfortable enough to put him out there and letting him play.”

    I “anticipate” it will after March 15th. July 2014 all over again? Not Votto’s fault in any shape or form but I’m calling BS on this “Reds” line. Yea, sure he is doing great but we really can’t say when he will suit up.

      • lwblogger2

        Agreed. Something doesn’t smell right.