The Cincinnati Reds will take on the Arizona Diamondbacks this afternoon in Goodyear. There’s no tv coverage today, but you can listen on the radio at 700 WLW. Here’s the starting lineup:
- Billy Hamilton – CF
- Eugenio Suarez – 3B
- Joey Votto – 1B
- Brandon Phillips – 2B
- Jay Bruce – RF
- Devin Mesoraco – C
- Zack Cozart – SS
- Scott Schebler – LF
- Brandon Finnegan – P
Here are the minor leaguers who will also be on the roster today: Dayan Diaz, Evan Mitchell, Layne Somsen, Chris O’Grady, Ramon Cabrera, Julio Morillo, Kyle Skipworth, Tyler Stephenson, Alden Carrithers, Ray Chang, Brandon Dixon, Jose Peraza, Beamer Weems, Beau Amaral, Jake Cave, Juan Duran, Tyler Holt, Jonathan Reynoso, Yorman Rodriguez and Steve Selsky.
What to watch for today
Scott Schebler is the only minor leaguer that is in the starting lineup today. He’s been in a bit of a slump over the last eight days, going 1-14 with a home run and six strikeouts. He’s dropped to .235/.297/.559 – still riding the early power surge for a strong slugging percentage, but his average and and on-base percentage have dropped off. Can he get things moving in the right direction? He may need to get the bat going again if he’s going to start the season in the big leagues, especially with his having options to use while several others don’t.
Brandon Finnegan is making his fifth appearance of the spring. He’s been fairly successful so far, posting a 3.60 ERA in 10.0 innings. He’s hit two batters and walked one with eight strikeouts. At this point, it’s more about just staying healthy for the left hander. Continuing to show good control wouldn’t be a bad thing either.
Drew Hayes has yet to allow a run this spring in five appearances. He’s allowed three hits and walked three batters – all of which came in one outing. The right hander also has seven strikeouts this spring. Controlling the strikezone has always been the biggest issue with Hayes, and in four of the five games he’s pitched in, he’s been able to do just that. Can he keep the scoreless streak alive and throw strikes? He’s only pitched once in the last week, throwing an inning on the 16th, so he should be rested and ready to go.
Thanks to Mark Sheldon, we know a few of the backups for the game. Tyler Holt will take over in center field for Billy Hamilton. Juan Duran will replace Jay Bruce in right field and outfielders Jake Cave and Yorman Rodriguez look to be used as pinch hitters.