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.

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Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

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  1. Choo is like the anti-Stubbs

  2. Starting to get an uh oh feeling…

  3. Here’s a crazy thought. With Chapman stretched out, and no game tomorrow, and his spot due up first in the bottom of the 10th….why not let him pitch another inning?

  4. That’s what ya call a hairy inning.

    • @Sergeant2: Hey Sarge – I was beginning to wonder if the Good Lord had called you home.

      • @CharlotteNCRedsFan: Hello CharlotteNCRedsFan. Fortunately I have yet to meet my untimely demise. I commented a couple times at the beginning of the game, then stretched out on the couch. You can guess what resulted in me doing that. C’mon Reds lets Go!

  5. Come on, Joey. Win this sucker.

  6. Heisey took a souvenir from a fan. πŸ™‚

  7. Phewwww

  8. c’mon, Joey. CHOOSE not to make an out!!!!!!!!111

  9. that’s one way not to make an out

  10. Do not bunt him over, Dusty.

  11. Are the Angels really this bad defensively?

    • @Eric the Red: It’s pretty cold out there, that probably has a lot to do with it. Remember, they are from LA. Do they even know what snow is out there?

  12. Frazier time.

  13. that’s what he should have done in eighth with bases loaded?

  14. So we bunt and take away the opportunity for Bruce…c’mon Dusty

  15. C’mon Hannahan

  16. Would whoever told the Reds they would be fined $100,000 for each RBI please tell them it was just an April Fools joke now? Thanks.

  17. TOS!

  18. I say let Hoover pitch until his arm falls off.

  19. Our bullpen is just unreal.

  20. unlucky, untimely

  21. hitters have no idea whether these pitches will be called strikes or not

  22. No one can accuse the HP Ump of calling strikes like he has a dinner reservation. (Hey Charlotte I replied to your earlier commet : )

    • @Sergeant2: Good to see the nap end. Give us some good luck Sarge. I thought we may have lost after Game 5 of the NLDS.

  23. Hoover picking up Choo. Nicely played, young man.

    This guy is going to be a closer is someone’s bullpen in the not too distant future.

  24. How bout that Hoover, Wow!!!

  25. Bullpen is fearless

  26. This bullpen is amazing…almost good enough to spare Chapman to the rotation!

  27. Figures that Hanigan hits a rocket an Lowe handles it with his buttocks.

    @CharlotteNCRedsFan – Yes, real nice for Hoover to pick up Choo there. Maybe Choo pays him Angkor with a solid hit.

    • @LWBlogger:

      Figures that Hanigan hits a rocket an Lowe handles it with his buttocks.

      @CharlotteNCRedsFan – Yes, real nice for Hoover to pick up Choo there. Maybe Choo pays him Angkor with a solid hit.

      Wat?

  28. I wish there was a thumbs up icon to click on. Lotta great comments today.

    • @Sergeant2: I know it’s only Game 1 of 162, but do you still have that defib thing handy?

      • @Brian Van Hook: Ahhahaha You know, I haven’t even thought about the defibrillator, but now that you mention it I better make sure its tuned up and ready to go. Feel free to borrow it any time.

  29. Picks him up I mean.

  30. Do you think anyone would notice if Billy Hatcher were to sneak up there to hit?

  31. Kinda Makes sense To Use Mike Leake If This Keeps Going

  32. Love how Hoover short-arms that ball – looks like it is shot out of a cannon.

  33. This walk I agree with.

  34. Where’s Billy Bates when you need him?

  35. C’mon Hoover…

  36. And the feared Howard Kendrick was intentionally walked why?

    • @desertred: Hank Conger – Career .201 Avg.
      Howie Kendrick – .292
      Easy call but Hoover was gassed.

      • @desertred: Hank Conger – Career .201 Avg.
        Howie Kendrick – .292
        Easy call but Hoover was gassed.

        There were two outs. If Hoover can’t get Howie out, then what’s the point. it’s not like it was Pujols or Hamilton batting. And if Hoover was gassed, why was he still in there? Leake’s got five or six days before his next start.

        • @desertred: The point is that there was the equivalent of pitcher up next.

          Come on Chris get on base by Hook or Crook.

        • @desertred: Okay, one of your questions is pretty meh, but the other is a good one to ask.

          It isn’t JUST the better matchup, it’s also removing the Angels’ last remaining bench player.

          Hoover being gassed is a good question. The dude was obviously tired, and this isn’t the middle of the season, guys haven’t built up their arm strength, and there are other pitchers available…

  37. Well, that hurts.

  38. Sound the bugle boys. Charge!!! C’mon Reds lets come back and win this baby.

  39. Once again the starting 8 need to sign apology cards to every pitcher in the game. Freaking ridiculous.

  40. 3 errors by the angels and we have scored squat.

  41. Any report on Luddy yet?

  42. The Reds batters need more spring training. And they need to apologize to the bullpen and JC

  43. They just can’t buy a key hit today. Maybe Heisey can keep it going here.

  44. Knock the ball outta the park Heisey

  45. @Preach – Dislocated shoulder.

  46. Talk to me Bruce.

  47. A tight zone until THAT?!?

  48. Wow, Bruce needs a day off tomorrow.

  49. What an awful call to end the game.

  50. Three hits in 13 innings… where’s Milton?

  51. two of Heisey’s swings were out of zone…ouch

  52. 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…

  53. 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!!

  54. We should have bunted more.

  55. Wow my favorite Red goes 0-fer with the Golden Sombrero and 8 LOB

  56. 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.

  57. Ok all. Going to watch the end of Phillies vs Braves and then headed to bed.

  58. 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?

  59. Bunt!

  60. 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.

    • @preach: Could not be anymore predictable.

    • 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.

  61. I’d much rather see Heisey batting 2nd, but he’s nor a middle-infielder.

  62. 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).

  63. 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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About Chad Dotson

Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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