The Reds have a split-squad day with a home game against the Oakand A’s and an away game in Mesa against the Chicago Cubs. Both games start at 3:05 p.m. ET and can be heard on radio.

Here is the lineup for the home game:

  1. Zack Cozart SS
  2. Scott Schebler CF
  3. Joey Votto 1B
  4. Brandon Phillips 2B
  5. Jay Bruce RF
  6. Jordan Pacheco DH
  7. Eric Jagielo 3B
  8. Yorman Rodriguez LF
  9. Tucker Barnhart

Jon Moscot will start this game.

Here is the lineup for the away game:

  1. Jake Cave CF
  2. Jose Peraza SS
  3. Eugenio Suarez 3B
  4. Adam Duvall RF
  5. Brandon Allen 1B
  6. Ivan De Jesus 2B
  7. Phil Ervin DH
  8. Tyler Holt LF
  9. Ramon Cabrera C

Robert Stephenson will start this game.

Lineup Thoughts

Zack is back. Zack Cozart! Zack returns from his off-season knee surgery for his first spring training game. He’s batting leadoff, probably to maximize his plate appearances.

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No Jesse Winker in either game. He was involved in an outfield collision yesterday. Winker is day-to-day with a strained hip flexor.

Meanwhile, in players-on-the-mend, Raisel Iglesias pitched to live batters today. Devin Mesoraco was one of them (Sheldon). Mesoraco is expected to play in the middle to end of next week (Sheldon).

News and Reading

• Mark Sheldon talks with Joey Votto about his leadership role, bunting and other topics.

“I think [it’s] the freshness. There is a collective sense of humility,” Votto said. “Last year was a very humbling experience, an embarrassing experience.

“I think we’ve realized that we can go in two directions. One being that we’re the kind of organization that’s a walk-all-over team, a team that is just a stepping stone for other organizations towards the playoffs and World Series. Or we’re not going to say, ‘We’re bad,’ and be embarrassed by that and do our very best to be as competitive as possible.”


Joey Votto / Photo: Cincinnati Enquirer

Reminder: Patrick Jeter proved Votto is a deviant. Grant Freking wrote about Votto’s Hall of Fame chances.

• Zach Buchanan (Cincinnati Enquirer) talks with Tony Cingrani about his comfort level in the bullpen.

That shuttling back and forth between starting and relieving dates back to his college days at Rice, and Cingrani’s pretty over it. Toward the end of last season he asked to remain in the bullpen in order to have some predictability. He knew he wouldn’t be in the rotation anyway, but he thinks it’ll be easier to stay consistent mechanically if he’s throwing more often. He also feels he’ll remain a lot healthier if he’s throwing fewer pitches. “Just probably the next two years I’d rather be in the pen and then maybe try starting,” Cingrani said. “But, it kills you. Starting’s hard.”

Photo: Kareem Elgazzar/Enquirer

Photo: Kareem Elgazzar/Enquirer

• Justin Merry, whose Reds blog just celebrated its 10-year anniversary (congrats, Justin!), breaks down the players the Reds received from the Yankees in the Chapman trade:

So, it’s not an overwhelming collection of talent…but I still like this deal better than the Todd Frazier trade.  With Frazier, you were dealing two years of a 3-4 WAR player, and the headlining prospect was pretty underwhelming (high contact, low-OBP, high speed, no power, just ok fielding).  In this case, the two headlining players coming over might not be top-tier prospects, but there’s a path by which each could become important an contributer to the Reds over the next few years.  Given that the Reds were dealing just a single year of Chapman, and that year one potentially rocked by domestic violence allegations and suspensions, I think they did a lot better in this trade.

Reminder: Our scouting reports for Rookie Davis and Eric Jagielo.

• FSO announced its 145-game broadcast schedule.

• From the former-Reds department, the New York Times reports that Aroldis Chapman struggled in his first game for the Yankees yesterday:

When Chapman, who is eligible to pitch in spring training, took the mound in the bottom of the fifth, there was no discernible reaction from the crowd. No cheers. No boos. It was as if another bottom-of-the-camp-roster prospect was taking the mound. The only sign of difference was the five photographers who lined up behind home plate, snapping photos as Chapman took his warm-up pitches.

Reminder: Yankees fans, welcome to the other side of Chapmania.

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24 Responses

  1. WVRedlegs

    This will be a big test for Robert Stephenson today vs. the Cubs. The Cubs are putting forth a near opening day lineup today, 6 or 7 regulars. Big test. I hope he puts up some good innings.
    Tony C. just might succeed in a more defined role this year, and good health. If only he can keep those BB’s down.

  2. Patrick Jeter

    I wonder if Price’s lineups are any indication of who is more likely to make the team at any given point in time. For example, Cave batting leadoff and Holt batting 8th.

  3. ohiojimw

    quick and easy 1st for Stephenson v. CHC. Bet he’s seen more and better video of them than vice versa but still he had to make the pitches

    • lwblogger2

      A friend of mine who does some work with another organization swears that Peraza has a little more power profile than I’m giving him credit for. He said he thinks he’ll fill out and that he has some gap power will build some more power on his pull side. He said he flat out hits the ball harder than Hamilton and that he’s a more polished hitter in general, making better contact. He likes him a lot better than he said he ever liked Hamilton and says that we’re not giving Peraza a fair shake.

      I’m disagreeing with him but honestly, the guy knows an awful lot and there is a decent chance that he’ll turn out to be right.

  4. WVRedlegs

    Moscot got rocked in first inning vs. A’s giving up 4 runs, 3 on a HR.

    • WVRedlegs

      Correction on Moscot, second inning, not first he got shelled.

  5. ohiojimw

    moscot getting kicked around in the 2nd at goodyear v. A’s. 4 across; one out; one on. big blow a 3 run hr

  6. ohiojimw

    Stephenson escapes a 1st and 3rd with 0 outs situation with only 1 run scoring. Good job of cutting his losses with a DP and following K

  7. IndyRedMan

    I hope Stephenson makes the rotation. Let him take his lumps like Cueto or Homer. Moscot doesn’t have it and Lamb isn’t ready. I really don’t see Finnegan as a starter either? He’s 5’11 and he walks too many people.

    • ohiojimw

      Cueto is listed in BBRef as 5’11’ and that could be generous. If Finnegan quits walking people he should be OK in either role and if he doesn’t, he will be a bust in either.

    • Big56dog

      I thought there is no way they will bring him up a season start. If I understand how the clock works they bring him up a few weeks into April they get another year of control

      • ohiojimw

        You sound right to me on both counts. He’s never pitched above AA anyway. Given the team’s circumstances a month or two in AAA isn’t going to hurt his development at all.

      • brmreturns

        Jose Fernandez never pitched above AA, and went straight to the Marlins… so, not totally unprecedented; but I agree that more time in the minors won’t hurt a thing.

      • Indy RedMan

        Lee Harvey Roy Oswalt wasn’t tall either but scouts like them taller for a reason. If Finnegan has to tone it down to 92 as a starter and walks people too then he’ll get bombed in the rotation. Let him throw as hard as he can for as long as he can and see what happens in the pen. I envision a Bill Bray type maybe?

  8. ohiojimw

    Romano comes on following Stephenson v, CHC and immediately gets litm up for 3 runs, including a 2 run bomb

  9. ohiojimw

    JBruce just singled in a run off a LHP versus the A’s. So much for Patrick’s platoon post 😉

  10. Shchi Cossack

    The OF competition:

    From Friday’s Games
    Cave => 1-3 w/ 1-BB & 1-SO
    Duvall => 1-4 w/ 2-SO
    Holt => 0-2 w/ 1-BB & 1-SO
    Schebler => 0-3 w/ 1-SO
    Y-Rod => 0-2 w/ 2-SO

    Spring Training Results
    Schebler => .318/.348/.682 w/ 2-2B, 2-HR, 1-BB, 4-SO, 2-SB & 0-CS in 23 PA
    Duvall => .350/.350/.650 w/ 1-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR & 3-SO in 20 PA
    Holt => .333/.429/.389 w/ 1-2B, 3-BB, 2-SO, 1-SB & 1-CS in 21 PA
    Cave => .333/.391/.381 w/ 1-2B, 2-BB, 5-SO & 1-CS in 24 PA
    Y-Rod => .200/.250/.200 w/ 1-BB, 5-SO & 1-SB in 16 PA

    • Shchi Cossack

      Career Results:

      AA => .280/.365/.556 w/ 23-2B, 14-3B, 28-HR, 45-BB, 110-SO, 10-SB & 4-CS in 560 PA
      AAA => .241/.322/.410 w/ 16-2B, 9-3B, 13-HR, 40-BB, 93-SO, 15-SB & 2-CS in 485 PA
      MLB=> .250/.325/.500 w/ 3-HR, 3-BB, 13-SO, 2-SB & 1-CS in 40 PA

      AA => .252/.320/.465 w/ 23-2B, 4-3B, 17-HR, 35-BB, 72-SO, 2-SB & 1-CS in 430 PA
      AAA=> .278/.333/.548 w/ 50-2B, 5-3B, 57-HR, 61-BB, 196-SO, 7-SB & 1-CS in 935 PA
      MLB=> .204/.268/.409 w/ 4-2B, 8-HR, 9-BB & 46-SO in 149 PA

      AA => .267/.348/.340 w/ 33-2B, 12-3B, 2-HR, 106-BB, 157-SO, 52-SB & 13-CS in 993 PA
      AAA=> .304/.398/.382 w/ 32-2B, 4-3B, 2-HR, 89-BB, 107-SO, 45-SB & 9-CS in 703 PA
      MLB=> .216/.266/.235 w/ 2-2B, 6-BB, 36-SO, 3-SB & 2-CS in 110 PA

      AA => .285/.346/.391 w/ 32-2B, 10-3B, 6-HR, 61-BB, 142-SO, 19-SB & 6-CS in 760 PA

      AA => .264/.330/.388 w/ 35-2B, 7-3B, 13-HR, 72-BB, 193-SO, 16-SB & 5-CS in 791 PA
      AAA=> .269/.308/.429 w/ 13-2B, 3-3B, 10-HR, 17-BB, 80-SO, 4-SB & 1-CS in 326 PA
      MLB=> .222/.276/.222 w/ 1-BB, 12-SO & 1-CS in 29 PA

  11. vegastypo

    From the broadcasts, it doesn’t sound like Yorman is distinguishing himself on defense, either.

    • Shchi Cossack

      Yorman might actually turn out as a reasonable major league option for a utility OF, and possibly even a marginal starting OF, with another year of two of development. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a year or two left for development with the Reds unless he goes unclaimed after a DFA and then signs a minor league contract.

      I would be all for signing Y-Rod to a minor league contract and continuing his development if that’s how it played out, but you are correct. From the early spring training returns, Yorman is not distinguishing himself. He did have a great throw to 3B to nail Choo in the game against the Rangers, but not much else positive.