The Reds play the LA Angels today at Goodyear Ballpark. Game time is 3:05 p.m. ET. Radio broadcast on WSAI-1360. Here is the Reds lineup:

  1. Billy Hamilton CF
  2. Cliff Pennington SS
  3. Joey Votto 1B
  4. Eugenio Suarez 3B
  5. Phil Gosselin DH
  6. Scooter Gennett 2B
  7. Tucker Barnhart C
  8. Patrick Kivlehan RF
  9. Ben Revere LF

Sal Romano makes his third start of spring training. Other pitchers available include: Cody Reed [pictured below], Ariel Hernandez, David Hernandez, Jared Hughes, Jose Lopez, Kyle Crocket, Vance Worley and Tanner Rainey

Other INF on the roster: Alex Blandino, Brandon Dixon, Shed Long, Nick Senzel, Darnell Sweeney

Extra OF: Aristides Aquino, Sebastian Elizalde, Phillip Ervin, Jesse Winker, Mason Williams, Rosell Herrera

Photo: Sam Greene, Cincinnati Enquirer

Much-heralded Shohei Ohtani will DH and bat second for the Angels. He has 6 plate appearances so far, with two walks, a single and a strikeout. He’s also pitched in one game.

The Reds won’t face most of the Angels starting position players. No Mike Trout, Justin Upton, Ian Kinsler, Andrelton Simmons or the Angels’ newly acquired shortstop third baseman Zack Cozart. Albert Pujols will play 1B.

Former Reds pitcher John Lamb, who the club acquired in the Johnny Cueto trade along with Cody Reed and Brandon Finnegan, is trying to make the Angels. Lamb (27) made 24 starts for the Reds in 2015 and 2016, but he struggled with back issues. The Reds traded him to the Tampa Bay Rays for dreaded “cash considerations” in November 2016. The Rays released Lamb two weeks later. He signed with the Angels as a free agent in January.

You might enjoy this new post from Jim Callis (MLB Pipeline) who has been visiting Goodyear. Mentions of plans for Nick Senzel and Hunter Greene among other things.

No one attempted a guess on yesterday’s trivia answer. The given answer was: Preston Claiborne, Rob Zastryzny and Jose Ruiz. The hint: Take positive spring training stats with a healthy dose of skepticism.

The correct question: Name the three pitchers Brandon Dixon has homered off of this spring.

22 Responses

  1. Jack

    I wonder how much cash they got for Lamb? Couldn’t have been more than 50 if they cut him in 2 weeks.

  2. Bill Hedges

    Thanks for the MLB pipeline link; not a bad read and I really enjoyed the article regarding Taylor Trammell. I’ve been surprised by a number of RLN comments suggesting packaging the kid in order to get MLB-CF-Ready-Now talent. I’d like to see us hang on to him (for now). Tremendous upside. Headed to Goodyear next weekend!

  3. Jordan Barhorst

    Man, why couldn’t this be the game televised tomorrow? Some of the GIFs I’ve seen from Ohtani are incredible.

  4. Shchi Cossack

    Well, Pennington, Peraza and Senzel all have 1 error this spring at SS now. That is a meaningless stat, but it makes the Old Cossack feel better about Senzel’s defense at SS.

  5. Darrin

    BHam looks terrible at the plate…….I mean, worse than usual anyway.

    • james garrett

      Yes but he is fast and creates havoc.

      • Colorado Red

        The havoc he creates are for Reds fans.

  6. J

    Leadoff hitter attempting (and of course failing) to sacrifice with runners on 1st and 2nd, no outs, and down by 3 runs. Price is already in mid-season form!

    • Reaganspad

      Horrible at bat. Fake bunts his way to 2-2 count and then looks like a Freshman K’ing on a swing.

      Stop bunting and stop switch hitting now. You cannot do it and you are fooling no one

      I miss Drew Stubbs

  7. james garrett

    He thought he would catch them off guard but he forgot the infield and outfield are already drawn in with Billy up.

  8. james garrett

    Looks like the offense and defense didn’t show up today.Mid season form already.

  9. old-school

    Cards sign 24 year old Dejong SS to 6 year extension.

    • Eric the Red

      With their luck, he’ll win the MVP three times. With our luck, he’d spend 5 of the next 6 years on the DL.

  10. Brandon Taylor

    did anyone see the insider article on ESPN ranking teams over the next 4 seasons? I was just curious where the Reds were ranked relative to the rest of the central. It was an interesting formula they used to try to project success of the organizations.

    • JimR AL14

      The Reds were 24th. Last in the division. Ranked 25 in current player and 12th in future. We were also in the 20s for front office and financial stability. Not much love from ESPN.

  11. Indy Red Man

    Its just spring training but this offseason has me thinking all kinds of terrible thoughts….Joey going Adrian Gonzalez, etc etc. Or even worse….Price gets a 3 year extension. We’ll see? Under promise and over deliver….anything less than 90 losses would do that for me.

  12. Brandon Taylor

    Life is all about expectations isn’t it ? LOL.

  13. Seat101

    This was a Proto typical spring training game

  14. old-school

    Roselle Herrera?
    Average.obp. speed.cf.switch hitter?
    6’3 195.