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Opening Day Game Thread: Angels at Reds (2013.04.01)

Redleg Nation‘s ninth season begins with more preseason optimism about the Reds than at any time I can remember. We’re all expecting a great season, right? Well, let’s get on with it!

The Queen City’s annual holiday will see Johnny Cueto facing the Angels’ Jered Weaver. That’s right, the Reds are playing the Angels; it’s the first time Cincinnati will face an AL opponent on Opening Day. No matter who the opponent, I expect it will be a fun day. Opening Day always is.

While you’re waiting for the game to begin, listen to our two season preview podcasts: first, with MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon, and the most recent, with Reds broadcaster Chris Welsh.

Here’s your game preview. Go Reds.

370 thoughts on “Opening Day Game Thread: Angels at Reds (2013.04.01)

  1. Not that it mattered but that was a terrible call on the last strike. Didn’t even look close. Looks like a little hangover from spring training for the offense. Great pitching but the lack of offense and Dusty taking the bat out of Votto’s hands with that sac bunt from Phillips hurt. Still, so glad baseball is back…

  2. If nothing else it was great to see the old gang o’ mine are back for another season of great conversation, and cheering our Redleg’s to a N.L Championship and more. We’ll get em Wednesday. Go Reds!!

  3. I’m not worried about the Reds hitting. Pitching is always ahead of the hitters at the beginning of the season. You know baseball, the next game could be a 9-8 affair.

  4. Did somebody ask about Ludwick? The announcement given during the game was that he has a dislocated shoulder, will be evaluated again tomorrow. I suppose after that evaulation, they’ll estimate his return.

    And does this mean the Cubs are in first place?

  5. Jim Day: “With Ludwick out Dusty may move Phillips back to cleanup and Cozart to the two hole.” So basically, Billy Hatcher will sharpen his Korean skills by all that conversation he will be having with Choo while he is standing on first.

    • I was thinking about Ludwick. I hate pure speculation and we don’t know the severity of the injury, but shoulder injuries are terrible for hitters, they often don’t get their power back the rest of the season. There is a good chance he isn’t the same hitter for the rest of 2013. This really stinks.

      Also, I debated on whether to bring this up: yes, Ludwick was hurt on a freakish play. But 34 year olds tend to get hurt more often than players in their prime. Hopefully the Reds dodge a bullet and don’t regret allocating valuable resources to a aging corner OF (resources that they could’ve spent extending Latos or Choo).

    • @preach: I think Todd Frazier will get the first shot to hit cleanup. Some people might call for Bruce, others for Phillips, but I think Frazier is the likely option at the moment.

      So much for Choo ending all the debates over the starting lineup, now it’s started all over again.

  6. Just moving Frazier up to 4th or 2nd & moving BP back to 4th is way more logical. Going with Cozart is madness. The guy never walks (not that BP or Frazier are great on base guys either).

  7. I wouldn’t have such an objection to Brandon hitting cleanup as long as he didn’t try to be a clean-up hitter. Just use your normal game. You gotta think with Joey and Choo ahead of you, there will be opportunities to drive in runs; or at least bunt them over…..sigh.

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