Early in Saturday’s audio webcast of the Reds vs. Giants spring training game, announcers Marty Brennaman and Jeff Brantley discussed how important that day’s starting pitching assignment was for Cody Reed.
Marty intimated that the starting rotation was all but set, with Homer Bailey, Luis Castillo, Sal Romano and Tyler Mahle as the first four. He then asked Brantley if he believed the fifth spot was now a battle between lefthanders Reed and Amir Garrett, and Brantley seemed to agree.
This discussion makes it sound as though Brandon Finnegan won’t be ready for the start of the regular season with the sore left biceps muscle, and it already was clear that Anthony DeSclafani will be out for at least the first month with his strained oblique.
So as important as Saturday’s start was for Reed, today’s start for Garrett is equally if not more important. Reed might have a chance to make the Opening Day roster as a reliever, but for Garrett, it seems that his destiny is as a starter in either Louisville or Cincinnati.
Today’s game begins at 4:05 Eastern time, and is televised by Fox Sports Ohio.
Reed makes his feelings clear in this Mark Sheldon story.
“Who says I can’t be a starter? Who says I’m not one of the top five guys? Whoever does, they need to re-evaluate what they’re saying. I’m think I’m good enough to pitch with the five top guys. I know I’m one of them. I’ll be the best bullpen guy there is and I’ll be the best starter I can be with those five guys. I got the opportunity today and thought I made pretty good progress.”
Today’s starting lineup:
- Billy Hamilton CF
- Alex Blandino 2B
- Eugenio Suarez 3B
- Scott Schebler RF
- Adam Duvall LF
- Sebastian Elizalde 1B
- Cliff Pennington SS
- Tucker Barnhart C
- Amir Garrett P
Other pitchers listed as likely to appear today are Barrett Astin, Raisel Iglesias, Tanner Rainey, Domingo Tapia, Zack Weiss and Vance Worley.
News and Notes:
John Farrell, new Reds scout, on the speculation that he might be viewed as some as a manager-in-waiting:
— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) March 18, 2018
Another essay on the excellence of Joey Votto, in particular his OPS on two-strike counts: