The Cincinnati Reds will take on the San Diego Padres this evening on the road under the lights. The game will be available on MLB Network or MLB.tv if you have a subscription to that service. Here’s the starting lineup:
- Jose Peraza – CF
- Ivan De Jesus – SS
- Joey Votto – 1B
- Adam Duvall – 3B
- Jay Bruce – RF
- Jordan Pacheco – 2B
- Yorman Rodriguez – C
- Tucker Barnhart – C
- Cody Reed – P
Here are the minor leaguers who will make up the bench and bullpen: Caleb Cotham, Jimmy Moran, Mike Sullivan, Garrett Boulware, Chris Berset, Ramon Cabrera, Ray Chang, Jermaine Curtis, Hernan Iribarren, Seth Mejias-Brean, Taylor Sparks, Zach Vincej, Beamer Weams, Aristides Aquino, Jake Cave, Juan Duran, Tyler Holt and Bryson Smith.
What to watch for tonight
Cody Reed will be making the start for the Reds. He’s been awfully good this spring, and of late the manager and beat writers have all been saying/writing very good things about him. Not that I’m a conspiracy theorist, but if I were I’d be wondering if the Reds weren’t making the case in the media that they are bringing him up with the team to start the year despite the fact that they would lose an entire year of service time over the move by not waiting two weeks and calling him up then. As for what to specifically watch for with Reed tonight, look for his control and his change up. He’s usually throwing plenty of strikes, and we know that Bryan Price loves pitches who pound the zone, so keep an eye on that. The change up is his third offering and one he doesn’t go to nearly as much as his breaking ball. He’s going to have to show that against big leaguers the second time around the lineup, which he should see in the start tonight.
Jose Peraza is back in center field tonight. With the game on tv, hopefully we get to see his range and maybe even his arm tested out there tonight to get a better feeling of what he can actually do on the defensive side of things at the position.
It’s been a week since Yorman Rodriguez had three plate appearances in a game. He’s shown good plate discipline this spring, walking five times with seven strikeouts, good for a .333 on-base percentage, but the hits simply haven’t come to this point. The starters have been staying in games longer over the past few days, so he should get a few chances tonight to try and put together some good trips to the plate and hopefully hit the ball hard.
Layne Somsen hasn’t allowed a run in 6.0 innings this spring, but his control has been iffy at best. He’s walked four batters and struck out four batters so far. The righty is going to need to keep the walks at a minimum.
Keyvius Sampson will be making his fourth appearance of the spring. He missed some time earlier with an injury, but he’s back and ready to go at this point. Like Somsen, he hasn’t allowed a run but has had some shaky control in limited action. Over 3.0 innings he has three walks and five strikeouts. Keep an eye on the control from the right hander tonight.