After the Cincinnati Reds won in their opener, it was declared that they would win every game this season by yours truly. Until they don’t, I’m sticking to that story because it sounds better. Today they will take on the Cleveland Indians once again in Goodyear. Let’s take a look at the lineup for today:
- Billy Hamilton – DH
- Jose Peraza – 2B
- Eugenio Suarez – 3B
- Brandon Allen – 1B
- Yorman Rodriguez – RF
- Scott Schebler – CF
- Jesse Winker – LF
- Calten Daal – SS
- Ramon Cabrera – C
- Robert Stephenson – P
With Stephenson getting the start, we know that he’s going to be followed by Cody Reed, Ryan Mattheus, Caleb Cotham, Carlos Contreras, Keyvius Sampson and Jumbo Diaz. Layne Somsen, Stephenson Johnson and Dayan Diaz will also be with the team in case the need for other pitchers arises.
Minor leaguers Joe Hudson, Mitch Trees, Chad Wallach, Alex Blandino, Eric Jagielo, Gavin LaValley, Mitch Piatnik, Blake Trahan, Hector Vargas, Jake Cave, Juan Duran, Phillip Ervin, Tyler Holt and Kyle Waldrop will also be with the team and could see some playing time this afternoon.
What to watch for today
Robert Stephenson and Cody Reed will both be taking the mound today. They are arguably the two top Cincinnati Reds pitching prospects and certainly the two closest to helping out the big league club as we enter the 2016 season. With Stephenson, it’s usually about control. When he throws strikes, he gets guys out. Some days he shows good control of his fastball and other times he struggles with it. Watch for it and if it’s there, expect good results. With Cody Reed, look for the breaking ball. When he’s throwing it right, it’s got nice sweeping action to it and can lock up hitters.
Scott Schebler is getting a start in center field. While he’s played there in the minor leagues he’s not really known to be a future center fielder because his speed is mostly average/slightly above-average. If he can actually play there it would be huge. Not that you want to see your pitchers give up hard hit balls, but seeing Schebler have to extend his range in center would be a good things to see today.
Jose Peraza is getting the start at second base. There’s nothing specific to watch for here, but I’m just interested in watching the entire package. The speed, the defense, what can he do at the plate? I want to just see everything he’s got to offer after so much debate in the offseason over his acquisition and possible future abilities.
The youngsters. Not the guys with Double-A experience that are non-roster invitees, but guys like Hudson, Trees, Wallach, LaValley, Piatnik, Trahan or Vargas – will they get any action in the game?
The Reds game is going to be on Fox Sports Ohio and MLB.tv at 3:00pm today. It’s going to be on MLB Network tonight at 9:00pm on replay.