Our undefeated Cincinnati Reds play the San Francisco Giants at 3:05 p.m. ET at Goodyear Ballpark. The radio broadcast is on WSAI-1360. No television, even MLB.TV.
Here’s the Reds lineup that will face Madison Bumgarner:
- Tyler Holt DH
- Jose Peraza SS
- Eugenio Suarez 3B
- Adam Duvall 1B
- Scott Schebler CF
- Yorman Rodriguez RF
- Brandon Allen LF
- Alex Blandino 2B
- Ramon Cabrera C
Michael Lorenzen takes the mound for the first time in live action in 2016.
Still no Devin Mesoraco or Zack Cozart in the lineup. You should be as worried about that as you were when Joey Votto was held out of the first few games last season in spring training. Refresher: Votto worked out OK.
Billy Hamilton, recovering from shoulder surgery, was initially in the lineup and scheduled to DH but then scratched. Tyler Holt takes his place. Jose Peraza gets time at shortstop. He started at second base on Wednesday. Adam Duvall playing 1B and Brandon Allen in LF, which is a reversal of where they started previously. Duvall started in LF yesterday. After starting at 3B yesterday, Alex Blandino is back at second. Scott Schebler will start in center. It’s worth watching his defense there. See article on Schebler below.
Reminder: Nick Carrington’s post analyzing who will be the Reds shortstop of the future.
News and Reading
• August Fagerstrom (FanGraphs) takes a look at Billy Hamilton at the plate and asks whether the young hitter’s problems are limited to not hitting enough ground balls, and whether he’ll be able to adjust his approach:
It’s not the first time we’ve heard this. Last year, Hamilton knew he needed to change, and nothing changed. The ground-ball rate barely nudged up a percentage point. The bunt rate actually dropped. Hamilton was cognizant of these necessary adjustments before the season began, but for whatever reason, they failed to materialize when the games mattered.
Reminder: Grant Freking’s post from a few weeks ago making the case for continuing patience regarding Hamilton.
• C. Trent Rosecrans on Scott Schebler and his many ways of providing value to the Reds:
“Our scouting reports on him were off the charts as far as makeup, effort, hustle,” Price said. “One of the first things I saw was just the monster power. He’s played all three outfield positions and played them well. He hits a ball, changeup over the left-center field fence (on Tuesday), usually you think sluggers are pull sluggers, right? He hits homers to the pull field and he shoots one over to the left-center field wall for a homer and makes a game-saving play in the eighth inning with two outs. That’s athleticism. That’s more than a one-dimensional, single-tool player. It really was for me. To see him – he was really the scouting report that we’d gotten. He was everything we’d heard in that scouting report when we made that trade.”
• Zach Buchanan (Enquirer) reports on Juan Duran and his PED suspension, Carlton Daal’s nickname and Phil Ervin’s spring training start:
“You make mistakes. I’m human,” Duran said. “I love the game. Now I understand how I’ve got to respect more the job that I do.”
Duran signed with the Reds as an amateur out of the Dominican Republic as a 16-year-old in 2008. He’s played the last two seasons at Double-A Pensacola, posting a combined .748 OPS with 23 home runs.
Note: Reds beat writer using OPS as a lead statistic for a player. Same week that Thom Brennaman used OBP three times in one broadcast to evaluate a player and his father pointed out that Joey Votto’s low RBI total was due to his teammates not getting on base. I declare, I say I declare, I may need a fainting couch.
• Mark Sheldon (MLB.com) with Anthony DeScalfani, the young right-hander’s thoughts on his start yesterday and possibility of starting on Opening Day:
“I felt good,” DeSclafani said. “It was the first outing of the year, so I’m not going to put too much judgment on it. Body felt good, mechanics felt good, just got to make some adjustments with the fastball, work on fastball command and just keep trying to progress.”
Five hundred bobbleheads – ranging from two of the great Bambino and two of Pope Francis; one Elvis (Aloha Hawaii), and Reds from Frank Robinson in the late 1950s/early 1960s, to Billy Hamilton – are displayed in 12 separate cases wired to bobble for 20 seconds at two-minute intervals. The full-blown Americana (mostly) collection – with touches of a Fellini thrown in (the clownish bobbling heads) – will undoubtedly set viewers’ heads to bobbling, too.
The exhibit runs through January 2017. Must see, nodding yes. Serious oversight if true: the Reds failure to ever produce a bobblehead recognizing Mike Leake.