The Reds travel to Camelback Ranch to play the Chicago White Sox. Camelback is the home to the White Sox and Dodgers. The game starts at 3:05 p.m. ET. No television, radio on WLW-700. Here is Bryan Price’s lineup:

  1. Jose Peraza SS
  2. Nick Senzel 3B
  3. Joey Votto 1B
  4. Scott Schebler CF
  5. Adam Duvall LF
  6. Dilson Herrera DH
  7. Tucker Barnhart C
  8. Phillip Ervin RF
  9. Darnell Sweeney 2B

Starting pitcher is Homer Bailey, who went three innings in his last start. He’ll be followed by Amir Garrett, who has faced 12 batters this spring and struck out 13 of them.

Relievers include: Kyle Crockett, Jackson Stephens, Jimmy Herget, Tanner Rainey and Kevin Quackenbush

Backup INF: Alex Blandino, Brandon Dixon, Patrick Kivlehan, Shed Long

Backup OF: Aristedes Aquino, Sebastian Elizalde, Rosell Herrera

Photo: Sam Greene, Cincinnati Enquirer

Lineup thoughts: Got the fast guy leading off. Nick Senzel playing 3B and batting second. Dilson Herrera makes the lineup, albeit at DH. Phillip Ervin, whose playing time seems to have been cut by the signing of Ben Revere, starts in RF. Scott Schebler getting a try in CF. Never would have expected Darnell Sweeney to get the random 2B start. Joey Votto goes for his first spring training hit. Not sure if that guy will ever get it.

Amir Garrett has received a mountain of hype for his two spring training appearances. He’s struck out 10 batters in 5 innings. No hits, no walks allowed. Garrett seems to have pushed his way back into the starting rotation conversation.

Tip 1: Don’t pay much attention to positive spring training statistics. Competition is uneven. Garrett hasn’t faced a lot of major league players yet. He’s primarily been dominating minor league players.

Tip 2: Do pay attention to Tucker Barnhart, who says Garrett is throwing at a much higher velocity (97-98 mph) this spring. That’s a big change, if accurate. Garrett’s fastball velocity averaged 91.7 mph last year. He struggled with a hip injury for much of the season and had an offseason treatment for it.

Billy Hamilton was a late scratch yesterday with a sprained left index finger. The Reds are adding the detail today that Hamilton injured his finger in batting practice. He’s not in today’s lineup. C. Trent Rosecrans tweets that Hamilton says his finger is much better today and that he hurt it catching a fly ball. Hamilton expects to be in the lineup tomorrow. Good news.

Jesse Winker is hitting .333/.350/.667 in spring training, with one walk and no strikeouts.

Photo: MLB Video


43 Responses

  1. old-school

    Good info as usual Steve.

    The reds just need one young lefty to become a really good starting pitcher.
    Garrett is fine with me. I’ve always viewed Finnegan as a Norm Charlton bullpen guy who can rescue a starter in the 7th/8th inning and pitch a ton of important innings.

    If Garrett is 97….that’s huge.

  2. Shchi Cossack

    The starters should be going longer and the regulars should be getting additional PA. The playing time for future prospects should become limited with additional cuts to the minor league complex coming soon.

    I don’t know what Price has in mind for the starters. Shoot, he may not know. Bailey could conceivably go 4 with Garrett going 3 today. Any playing time at SS for Senzel may come in B games for the remainder of ST, but he’ll get ample experience at AAA before a decision must be made regarding his ability to play SS.

    Billy says he injured the finger catching a fly ball. The team says he injured the finger in batting practice. GEEZ, here we go again.

    • VaRedsFan

      The report I read, was that he caught a line drive off of the bat of Peraza during batting practice.

      • Shchi Cossack

        Well that’s actually good news. If Peraza is hitting the ball hard enough to sprain a finger when an OF catches the ball, then maybe his little dinks are a thing of the past.

  3. WVRedlegs

    “followed by Amir Garrett, who has faced 12 batters this spring and struck out 13 of them.”

    I hope that wasn’t a typo. That was good honest humor right there.

  4. JB WV

    Anxious to see how both Homer and Garrett fare today, especially Garrett. As you say, ST #’s don’t mean much, but he came out of the gate so strong last year and then had the disappointing injury and results later. If I remember correctly, his fastball was clocking in the low 90’s last year. Coming back with a vengeance so far. Why isn’t Ervin playing center? Thought he looked alright there last year.

  5. VaRedsFan

    Those 2 tips are important. I knew about Tip 1, but not Tip 2. Thanks. How come Amir is not getting the chance to start a game? I fear that it is one of those “already determined decisions” that he will start the season in AAA as a starting pitcher, no matter how bad one of the “stock rotation guys” look. Maybe he should swap opportunities with Lorenzen???

  6. Bill

    I liked the faced 12 struck out 13 too. I guess when you get two different stories about the same thing you make up another story to cover them.

  7. Shchi Cossack

    Meanwhile out in the desert, Peraza smacked a double to open the game followed by walks to Votto and Duvall, singles by Schebler and Herrera and a sac fly by Senzel, leaves the Reds up 3-0 with the runners in 2B & 3B with 2 outs in the top of the 1st.

    Yesterday’s game felt like the offense was starting to come out of hibernation after a long winter. This game is starting like a continuation from yesterday.

    Then Ervin triples to clear the bases. Reds up 5-0 with 2 outs.

    • Indy Red Man

      Ervin is having a good spring! We don’t need Revere? That’s one of my issues with the front office….draft these guys and then they have some success and feel like they’re turning the corner…then you delay them for a year/two with some Band-Aid scrub? Trust your guys and play them already?

      Peraza is doing ok as well. I’ve been down on him like most people, but if he could put his plate coverage ability and quick hands to use to become an annoying Dustin Pedroia type pest hitter then he could become something. Instead he was just hacking at the first pitch he saw and was putting bad pitches in play that most hitters would have troubling even making contact with.

      • Aaron Bradley

        Revere isn’t exactly a scrub, its kind of hard to believe they got him for so cheap, but I guess speed is not a rare commodity anymore.. but still Revere can hit a little bit, much better than Hamilton, I think the Reds did it as insurance in case they trade Hamilton or he gets hurt again. Ervin hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire in the minors despite his pedigree. The competition seems to be bringing out the best in him lately so you can’t fault the Reds for that.

      • Aaron Bradley

        Case in point: was Scooter a band-aid scrub signing? Sometimes you find a hidden treasure with nice bang for the buck, the Reds are good bargain hunters I will give them that. I think that’s Sam Grossman’s job…

      • Indy Red Man

        We had nobody at 2b though….just Peraza. Ervin is a 1st rounder and can barely get atbats?

      • Aaron Bradley

        Well Peraza was the main prize in the Todd Frazier trade, someone valued him in the FO to pull off a 3-team trade to land him… anyhow I know what you are saying, but Ervin has shown next to nothing until this past week, competition was needed. Not to mention they are razor think at CF, which is why Schebler is getting a look there.

      • Keith

        Ben Revere’s OBP in 2016 was .260. It was .308 in 2017. He’s generated -0.4 WAR over the last 3 seasons. He hasn’t been good since 2015. I’d say he’s a scrub now.

      • Aaron Bradley

        The thing about OBP.. a speed guy is not going to get walked much… I mean Joe Morgan walked, but he was also a power hitter and had a tiny strike zone… but by and large you are going to challenge guys with speed, so they need to hit for average to get on base. Revere is a 280s hitter which is miles ahead of Hamilton batting 240s and 250s.. but I know what you mean in a perfect situation we have al eadoff man with an OBP in the high 300s or low 400s… those are elite players, they don’t grow on trees.

      • Shchi Cossack


      • Shchi Cossack

        I have to agree with you on the Revere signing. The only way that made any sense was if the Reds had something in the works to trade Hamilton and they needed a defensive replacemenmt for CF. Obviously that didn’t happen and yet there’s revere getting ST appearances that the other OF are not getting.

      • greenmtred

        Aren’t signings like that really just cheap insurance policies? The Reds don’t know who might get injured or just stink the joint up.

      • Shchi Cossack

        Well they should be, but when the Reds issue minor league contracts to veteran players, they tend to turn into major league contract with the player added to the 25-man roster.

  8. Steve Mancuso

    Scott Schebler with a 2-run homer. Tucker Barnhart with 2-run homer. Reds lead 9-3. Nick Senzel with a double and sac fly. Phillip Ervin with a 2-run triple. Dilson Herrera two singles, stolen base.

    • JB WV

      Love that he’s going the other way. Yesterday, too.

    • Indy Red Man

      Schebler has such a big swing….always going to be streaky but the guy has ridiculous bat speed/power! I don’t know about CF though?

    • old-school

      Schebler attacks the baseball. His minor league power numbers are legit. I need to see him more.
      Winker and Senzel are the future.

      • Aaron Bradley

        I like Schebler, he has a chance to be something special if he can hit for higher average. He showed me something last year coming back for injury and grinding out 30 home runs, a nice milestone for a young player.

  9. WVRedlegs

    I suppose Bailey will get in 3.0 innings today. He is at 5.0 now and that would give him 8.0, same as Romano. Garrett is also at 5.0 and I hope they give him 3.0 also to get to 8.0. But that only leaves 3.0 for all the relievers and they all need good evaluation time.
    Garrett has 10 K and 0 BB in 5 IP before he goes today. Romano has an 8/1 in 8 IP. Bailey before today at 4/1 in 5 IP. Mahle at 7/2 in 6.2 IP. It is hard to fathom that only one of those 3 will join Bailey in the rotation. It is also possible that all 3 won’t be in the rotation until a 5th starter is needed a week and a half into the season.

  10. old-school

    The reds aren’t winning in 2018…give schebler some time in CF and work with Eric Davis. The guy gives you a quality at bat and hits the ball unbelievably hard and is decent against lefties. If he stinks in CF….so be it. Peraza and Gennett are getting evaluated too

    • james garrett

      Your right Old School but it just makes too much sense to do it so the Reds won’t.All we need in center field is a guy that makes the routine plays because in GABP anything over his head is gone anyway.

      • greenmtred

        That really isn’t true, unless the center fielder plays on the warning track and gives up lots of singles that touch down in front of him. Also, the power alleys at GABP are the same size as they are in every other MLB park.

  11. Shchi Cossack

    Bailey pitched 3 innings, but gave up 7 hits, including 2 HR, so he probably threw a lot of pitches. He didn’t walk anyone. Garrett did not pitch after Bailey was pulled. Tanner Rainey came in to pitch the 4th inning.

  12. VaRedsFan

    Votto scores his 1st hit of the Spring!!

  13. TomN

    Garrett getting touched up 2ER so far in 2 IP. Against major leaguers. This should tick him off though and make him come back more focused the next time.

    • Still a Red

      If you look at how they scored…not as bad as it sounds.

    • Indy Red Man

      I have a feeling the Reds will go w/Pennington, but I’d like to see Blandino or Herrera platoon w/Scooter. Blandino will take a walk and can play some SS. Brandon Dixon has some pop as well.

  14. Mark Lang

    Red’s pitching giving up 6 to 7 (or more) runs per game every game – so, at least they’re in mid-season form.

  15. Still a Red

    Haven’t been able to ‘see’ Ervin in ST, but last year when he came up and got some playing time, he’s countenance looked a little ‘ticked’. Hate to play arm chair psychologist from 30,000 ft (never even took Pshch 101), but maybe there’s an attitude issue there.

    • lwblogger2

      Hard to tell. Some players just have a “game face” that makes it seem they are ticked. Pitchers were the worst! Maybe Ervin just has such a “game face”. Hard to determine what a guy is feeling based on seeing him some on TV or in the field from the stands.

  16. WVRedlegs

    Who hit that go-ahead grand slam in the 8th to win it for the White Sox? Luis Robert.
    I doubt very, very seriously that SS Alfredo Rodriguez and SS Jose Israel Garcia ever come close to what Robert will become. That was a big whiff on the Reds front office dropping out of the Robert sweepstakes a year ago. It would have cost the Reds $48MM but would have been worth it signing Robert and passing on AlfRod and Garcia.