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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. 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?

      • @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!

    • @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?

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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.


      • @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.

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

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

      • @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…

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

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

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

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

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