The Reds travel to Maryvale to play the Milwaukee Brewers. Game starts at 4:05 p.m. ET No radio or TV broadcast. Only MLB.com. Bryan Price’s lineup:
- Billy Hamilton CF
- Phil Gosselin 3B
- Joey Votto 1B
- Adam Duvall LF
- Brandon Dixon 2B
- Jesse Winker RF
- Jose Peraza SS
- Tucker Barnhart C
- Michael Lorenzen P
Looks like pitchers are starting to hit today. Other pitchers on the traveling squad: Shackelford, Herget, Rainey, Stephens, Weiss and Crockett. Only two backup infielders listed, Nick Senzel and Alex Blandino.
Battle Starting Pitcher Assuming: Homer Bailey, Luis Castillo and Sal Romano are three of the five; Anthony DeSclafani and Brandon Finnegan are sidelined with injuries; Robert Stephenson has failed to lock down a spot; and Tyler Mahle, while deserving, is likely to start the year at AAA for service time reasons … two of Lorenzen, Cody Reed and Amir Garrett have solid shots to make the rotation.
Lorenzen Opportunity That means this is a high-stakes start for Michael Lorenzen. His fourth official appearance in a Cactus League game, Lorenzen also started one B-game. In the 6.2 innings of real games, he has 9Ks and 2BBs. Lorenzen has been far from shy in stating his case that he wants to start. The ball is in his hands literally and metaphorically. How to judge his start? Again, ignore hits and runs. A better indication of how he’s pitching will be walks, strikeouts and ground ball/weak contact.
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