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:
- Jose Peraza SS
- Nick Senzel 3B
- Joey Votto 1B
- Scott Schebler CF
- Adam Duvall LF
- Dilson Herrera DH
- Tucker Barnhart C
- Phillip Ervin RF
- 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
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.
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