The Reds host a San Francisco Giants split squad today at 4:05 p.m. Eastern time. It’s the 40th anniversary of a unique tradition started by the team:
40 Years Ago Today: The Cincinnati #Reds become the 1st #MLB team to wear special green uniforms for St. Patrick’s Day! (March 17, 1978) @UniWatch@PhilHecken#SpringTraining#StPatricksDaypic.twitter.com/dWxXGWYuhi
— Baseball by BSmile (@BSmile) March 17, 2018
Unfortunately, no television today. You can listen to an audio webcast on Reds.com and MLB.com. Today’s Reds lineup:
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) March 17, 2018
Today is a big, big start for Cody Reed. He can keep his hopes alive for a spot on the major league pitching staff, or even in the starting rotation, with a lights-out performance. If he struggles with control and command, it’s probably off to Louisville again.
Reed has a legitimate chance to stick as a lefty reliever, thanks to this development this morning:
Option C Stuart Turner to Louisville
Reassign LHP Kyle Crockett to Louisville
Reassign RHP Jimmy Herget to Louisville
The Remaining In Camp roster (45, plus 1 DL)
— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) March 17, 2018
Former Cleveland Indian Crockett was acquired with the intent of competing for a lefthanded reliever spot, but he didn’t do well. Veteran Oliver Perez, signed at the outset of camp, hasn’t gotten anyone out. If Manager Bryan Price is going to have a bullpen lefty other than Wandy Peralta available, it would seemingly be Reed or nobody at this point.
Other pitchers listed as possible today include Perez (Coincidence? Perhaps not), Peralta, Austin Brice, David Hernandez, Kevin Quackenbush, Tanner Rainey and Zach Weiss.
Nice to see Winker batting leadoff and Schebler in center field today. Many at Redleg Nation hope this will be the way Price will stack the lineup when Billy Hamilton does not play. We’ll echo the suggestion of many others here at Redleg Nation that Hamilton should not be in the starting lineup against lefthanders, since his righthanded batting is clearly worse than when he hits from the left side. (Today’s scheduled Giants starter, Chris Stratton, is a righthander.)
12 days until Opening Day!
There are still many decisions to be made in the next dozen days, with 45 players still in camp. The 40-man roster sits at 37, and could be reduced even further if Anthony DeSclafani goes on the 60-day disabled list. If that move is made retroactively, that would make him eligible around mid-May. There is still time to claim players off the waiver wire, as well as add some of the players currently in camp as non-roster players and on minor league deals. As we have learned with Dan Straily and Scooter Gennett, General Manager Dick Williams can find some true gems out there as training camp winds down.
This story published today shows the caliber of player a team like the Dodgers might expose to waivers. There will be names we don’t expect to see.
Tom Mitsoff is a lifelong Reds fan who grew up in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek, Ohio. He lived a teenage life atypical of most his age by prioritizing following the Reds. At one point in the 1970s and early 1980s, Tom kept complete scorecards on more than 1,000 consecutive Reds games. Now that adult life has forced him to move on from his beloved Southwest Ohio, he follows the Reds daily through MLB.TV and other online media sources, including Redleg Nation.