If you have cleared your schedule for this entire Wednesday afternoon under the premise that you’re going to watch each and every thing Freddy Galvis does for the Cincinnati Reds, allow me to apologize. Freddo had worked his way back into DH duties after a sore shoulder earlier in spring camp, but today was again scratched from the would-be lineup, this time due to quad tightness.
In his stead, Derek Dietrich will take over as the day’s DH as the Reds tussle with the Chicago Cubs, who employ the services of one Kyle Schwarber, who is from Middletown. No, Schwarber isn’t in the lineup today, either, so perhaps I should’ve begun this entire thing focusing on players you’ll actually see on the field today. But just look at all of those words already...
You will see the talents of Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Javier Baez on display on the Cubs end, while the likes of Joey Votto, Shogo Akiyama, and Mike Moustakas will front the Reds side of the equation. This will, in theory, mark one of the last days that the Reds are shorthanded, too, as Nick Senzel and Nick Castellanos are both slated to re-Nick the lineup tomorrow, while hopefully the illness that has befallen Jesse Winker has been microwaved away by then, too. That would only leave Galvis and Eugenio Suarez as still-sidelined regulars, which is a good list to have diminishing.
You’ll see Tejay Antone starting for the Reds in this one, with a backing bullpen that includes a pile of names you’ll likely see in the big league bullpen this season. As The Athletic’s C. Trent Rosecrans notes below, there’s also a ‘B’ game going on today, so the squads are a little split thin, but you’ll at least be able to watch the ‘A’ game today via MLB.tv seeing as the Cubs TV feed is set to broadcast it.
First pitch is at 3:05 PM ET. Go Reds.