Cincinnati Reds @ Pittsburgh Pirates
03/02/09 1:05 PM EDT
|Chris Dickerson - CF||Andrew McCutchen - LF
|Jeff Keppinger - SS||Freddy Sanchez -2B|
|Jay Bruce - RF
||Nate McClouth - CF|
|Brandon Phillips - 2B||Ryan Doumit - DH|
|Edwin Encarnacion - 3B
||Adam LaRoche - 1B
|Jonny Gomes - 1B||Brandon Moss - RF|
|Laynce Nix - LF||Neil Walker - 3B|
|Ryan Hanigan -C||Jack Wilson - SS|
|Wes Bankston - DH||Jason Jaramillo - C|
So this is when it starts to get serious for Homer Bailey. With Edinson Volquez and Johnny Cueto off to pitch in the WBC, Bailey should have regular starts for the next 3 weeks. I'm not so sure he really has a chance to make the squad, even if he pitches well. But, he could solidify himself as the first man up this summer with a strong Spring. That means taking care of business every time out. I am very interested to see what he can do today.
Available out of the bullpen today are RHP Mike Lincoln, LHP Aaron Fultz, LHP Daniel Ray Herrera, RHP Josh Roenicke and RHP Ramon Ramirez. Bradenton and Sarasota are within spitting distance of each other, so I wouldn't be surprised if pretty much the entire team is available today.
Zach Duke is on the mound for the Pirates. This should be a test for Chris Dickerson, who I'm sure would love to show that he can hit lefties well. If this were the regular season, I'd be a little upset that CDick is leading off, but then he is playing CF, so I don't have much of an argument, do I?
Game time is 1:05 pm. No home radio today. Not sure if the Pirates are broadcasting it. Otherwise, your only option is to follow along on Gameday.