The Cincinnati Reds will look to rebound this afternoon as they take on the Kansas City Royals at home in Goodyear. Here’s the starting lineup:
- Billy Hamilton – DH
- Zack Cozart – SS
- Joey Votto – 1B
- Adam Duvall – 3B
- Jay Bruce – RF
- Jose Peraza – CF
- Scott Schebler – LF
- Ivan De Jesus – 2B
- Ramon Cabrera – C
- Brandon Finnegan – P
Here are the minor leaguers that are on the roster today, and there are a whole bunch of them: Drew Hayes, A.J. Morris, Chris O’Grady, Chris Berset, Joe Hudson, Julio Morillo, Kyle Skipworth, Chad Wallach, Alex Blandino, Alden Carrithers, Ray Chang, Calten Daal, Hernan Iribarren, Eric Jagielo, Taylor Sparks, Blake Trahan, Jake Cave, Juan Duran, Phillip Ervin, Tyler Holt, Yorman Rodriguez, Steve Selsky, Bryson Smith, Kyle Waldrop and Jesse Winker.
What to watch for today
The game is on Fox Sports Ohio and MLB.tv for our viewing pleasure. You can also listen on the radio at 700 WLW.
Jose Peraza is back in center field today. Yesterday was his first taste of action out there and he didn’t really get a chance to do much. Hopefully today we can see him test some of his abilities out there. He’s also been on fire at the plate. While he’s not likely to keep hitting .400+, he has thus far and getting on base a few times today and making things happen with his speed would be fun to see.
Brandon Finnegan is on the mound today. He threw 2.2 innings in his last outing, so look for him to be shooting for 4.0 innings today. He’s shown solid control this spring, walking and hitting a batter in 5.2 total innings with four strikeouts. He threw 59 pitches on the 10th, so he may be due for about 75 today.
Keyvius Sampson is pitching for the first time in nearly two weeks. He made his lone appearance on March 2nd against the Indians when he struck out the side. He’s missed some time with a sore triceps muscle. The bullpen seems wide open and there may be enough time for the right hander to get things going and be ready for the start of the year. Control has always been the issue with Sampson, so keep an eye on how often he’s in the strikezone.
Layne Somsen hasn’t allowed a run this spring in 4.0 innings spread out over three outings. He’s walked three batters and had three strikeouts, so he will need to be a little more stingy on the free passes moving forward. Like Sampson, look for how often he’s in the strikezone as he could be a dark horse candidate for the bullpen.