The Cincinnati Reds kicked around the idea of trading for perennial Cleveland ace Corey Kluber all winter long. The asking price was sky-high, as well it should have been, and ultimately the Reds balked, opting instead to swing deals for the likes of Tanner Roark, Sonny Gray, and Alex Wood to help bolster their rotation.
/queues up The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly theme song
Well, today the Reds get to face the pitcher they flirted with all winter, as Kluber and Cleveland host their Goodyear complex mates in Cactus League action on Monday afternoon. And because modern technology is completely awesome, you’ll even be able to watch every single bit of it!
Nevermind. It’s not on TV, so unless you’re one of the lucky ones already in The Land of the Endless Strip Mall, you’ll have to let your ears do the work today via radio.
Anthony DeSclafani will get the start, Michael Lorenzen is slated to both pitch AND log time in CF, Nick Senzel and Joey Votto are both in the lineup, and all is nearly right with the baseball world. Here’s the rest of the travel roster, courtesy of pro tweeter C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic:
First pitch is set for 4:05 PM ET.
Keep going, Reds! You’ll keep being our favorite team that way!