The Cincinnati Reds will hope to divide and conquer on Sunday, as they’ll be up against both Cleveland and the Chicago White Sox in split-squad action. Homer Bailey will take the mound for his first start of Cactus League play in Cincinnati’s game in Goodyear against Cleveland, while Luis Castillo will debut at Camelback Ranch against Chicago. Both games are set to begin at 3:05 PM ET, but only one will be televised - the only way you’ll be able to follow Castillo’s Reds is through the White Sox radio feed.
Backing Bailey as pitching options will be new additions David Hernandez and Jared Hughes, as well as new 40-man roster additions Jose Lopez and Jesus Reyes. Behind Castillo are both Barrett Astin and Austin Brice, as well as Amir Garrett, Vance Worley, and Wandy Peralta.
As for Nick Senzel, the top prospect in the Reds system will debut as the starting 3B against Cleveland. Yes, that means that he’s not playing SS yet despite the early hullabaloo around that idea, but according to The Athletic’s C. Trent Rosecrans, that’s still something that will happen eventually.
Cincinnati Lineup vs. Chicago
Chicago White Sox lineup vs. Cincinnati
Cincinnati Lineup vs. Cleveland
Cleveland Lineup vs. Cincinnati
- Mason Williams is in the starting lineup against Chicago just a day after taking a foul ball to the face while in the dugout against the Colorado Rockies. He apparently just needed a few stitches to get put back together, which is incredibly fortunate considering he exited on a stretcher.
- Jesse Winker and Billy Hamilton are both leading off today. Looks like a little split-squad action was all we needed to sort out that issue.
- Rosell Herrera is only listed on the roster for the game in Goodyear, so it appears it will be impossible for him to homer at Camelback Ranch, meaning it seems his ‘homer in every single game the Reds play this spring’ streak will come to an end today.
- I have absolutely zero idea which game Bryan Price will actually be managing from the dugout, but I’d wager it’ll be the one at home in Goodyear.