Bronson Arroyo takes to the mound for the first time this regular season after a nice spring training.  He will look to pitch the Reds to an opening series win over the Angels of Los Angeles County of Anaheim Northern California.  Things to watch for today include: Will good Bronson show up today?  Will Choo get hit for a 3rd consecutive game? Will Joey Votto ever get another strike to hit after last night’s walk-off single?

It is a business day special game which means a 12:35 first pitch.  So if you are at work today, tell your boss to shove it* because you are watching/listening to the game.  Or if you are like me, sit back and enjoy spring break with a little Reds baseball action.

Enjoy and Go Reds!

*Warning: Telling your boss to shove it could have consequences.  Side effects include: decrease in pay, working holidays and weekends, or in rare cases, loss of job.  Telling your boss to shove it is not for everyone.  Children under the age of 12, men who are balding, or woman who are pregnant or may become pregnant may or may not experience side effects.  Telling your boss to shove it will not guarantee a Reds victory.  However, it will increase your Reds fan experience!

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  1. Today’s lineup

    Choo 8
    Heisey 7
    Votto 3
    Phillips 4
    Bruce 9
    Frazier 5
    Cozart 6
    Hanigan 2
    Arroyo 1

    Honestly, I could get used to this lineup. Not *exactly* what I would do, but I can’t really complain about it.

    What’s the over/under on bunts by the heart of the lineup today?

  2. Taking in the game with my dad in section 130 this afternoon. Doesn’t look like the “getaway day special” lineup either.

  3. Like the looks of that line-up!

    Here’s my question for the day – Do Marshall and Mesoraco have to share the same doghouse or do they each get their own individual place?

    • @Kyle Farmer:

      Marshall has soreness in his left arm, which is why we haven’t seen him yet. Doubt we see him today either. Although I am shocked that Meso didn’t get the start in any game this series. I half-expected to see him catch Latos yesterday since I knew it wouldn’t happen with Arroyo today.

      • @dc937: Thanks for the info on Marshall. I had missed that somehow. Hope it’s not serious!

        • @Kyle Farmer:
          While not shocked, I thought Mez would catch Latos. He should get the next 2 starts with Bailey and Leake going. Also Dusty very rarely uses a catcher to PH unless he has 3 on the roster.

  4. I have to imagine that oppossing pithcers are mistakenly thinking Choo is from NKorea instead of SKorea and therefore literally hurling democracy at his face.

    • @bohdi: They do seem to like hitting Choo with pitches and I can’t figure out any better reason why. 🙂

    • @bohdi: Choo really does get up on home plate, daring them to pitch him inside.

      HOME RUN

  5. Free Mesoraco! Seriously, we’re still doing the personal catcher thing? Ugh.

    Let’s hope the crappy Angels infield defense gifts us a few more runs today. I know Pujols is battling a bad leg, but man does he look slower than usual.

    • @Sultan of Swaff: Bronson Arroyo has been doing the personal catcher thing through his whole time with the Reds, I believe. The other guys, not so much. Don’t worry, we probably get to see Mesoraco in the next two games.

  6. Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

  7. Sunny and a little warmer in Cincinnati today. Getting close to baseball weather. Go Bronson, Go Reds!

  8. I hope Thom and Chris can pay attention and let us know little things like who is warming up in the bullpen, or that our manager is chewing out a player for stealing a base. The latter was pointed out on the Angels broadcast, with video! Thom is really getting on my nerves, and it’s only the third game of the season.

    • @Eric the Red: Glad I watch on mlb.com so I can switch to the other team’s broadcasters. Welsh is fine, but I can only take Thom in small doses.

      • @Sultan of Swaff: in theory, the Reds announcers should be able to offer more Reds insight. (That’s partly why I find their miss on Dusty giving Heisey an earful so pitiful.). So I try to stick with the Reds broadcasters. But it’s becoming difficult.

  9. Go Bronson. Go Redlegs.

  10. Let’s go Reds. For the pool, I say “2 bunts”.

  11. Dusty has done something(s) stupid in each of the first two games. For his encore I expect him to let Arroyo throw 148 pitches.

    • @Jason1972: These are the first games of the season and the weather has been cold and breezy, so what does Dusty do? He risks overextending both Cueto and Latos and Hoover during the first two games, with an off day in between the games and Parra and Simon not even getting a sniff of an appearance.

  12. Would’ve liked to see XP get some at bats today but oh well. Maybe against all the rightys the Nats have.

    • @athensRed: I would’ve liked to see Xavier Paul also, but I think that would’ve required Dusty to rearrange the lineup (with Cozart hitting second). Letting Choo, Paul, and Votto hit back-to-back-to-back seems unlikely. Two lefties back-to-back is tough enough for Dusty.

      Hopefully Xavier Paul and Derrick Robinson can get big pinch hits.

  13. I’m feeling withdrawal symptoms coming on. Today will be the first game this season I will not be in GABP, but I simply couldn’t manage the drive back for the day game. The Reds pitching has been absolutely sick during the 1st 2 games. I understand Marshal being on the shelf, but Simon and Parra haven’t seen the outside of the bullpen either. I wonder if Dusty considers them as unreliable for use in close games? I was stunned when Dusty kept Cozart in the #7 hole and inserted Heisey in the #2 hole, but kudos to the Dust Man for that decision. It’s early, but Heisey looks like he is trying to be more focused on quality at bats this season, except for his 4th AB yesterday when he swung for the fences in every swing.

    • @Shchi Cossack:
      I do think Dusty is holding off on Simon/Parra until a less pressured situation arises. No need to rush them in there against the kind of hitters the Angles have.

      Will be interesting to see how Heisey does with substantial PT.

  14. CHOOOOOOO!

  15. Atta boy Choo!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really like that guy in our lineup!!!

  16. Way to go Choo! They should have him him again.

  17. Choo clearly inspired by the presence of Arroyo on the mound.

  18. And another extra-base hit by the new cleanup hitter! Hurray!

  19. The Reds are really overdue to give Blanton a loss.

  20. I’m just glad to see Ianetta out of the lineup.

  21. It would be awesome if Choo gets a HR everytime Arroyo pitches this year ….

  22. It would be awesome if Frazier slugs his way into the cleanup spot.

  23. Just now was able to turn on the game, we hit two HR’s?

  24. Nice catch by Todd there.

  25. According to Gamecast, both pitchers are really getting squeezed by the ump.

  26. I’d say Frazier the Sophmore is making Trout the Sophmore look reaaaaally bad.

  27. I can’t believe Hanigan missed that tag.. but all the questions about Choo’s arm have been answered.

    • @Unsympathetic: I don’t know that I would say that. That ball was pretty solidly hit and Pujols isn’t exactly the fleetest of foot these days. It was a pretty well located slide by Pujols, but I would wager Hanigan still makes that play 9 times out of 10.

  28. Was Pujols safe or out at home? Strong throw by Choo definitely beat him to the plate?

  29. Why did they pitch to Hamilton with a base open?

  30. Safe, I mean

  31. Reds announcers already starting in on Jay Bruce and runners on base, does Marty have them brainwashed or what?

  32. Is anyone else already sick of Thom’s “disgusted/disappointed” voice?

    • @DenL42: Definitely! It’s like he only watches the Reds players and not the other team. Sometimes you just run into good pitching. He complains about the Reds striking out barely noticing that the Angels, a better offensive club, have struck out more.

  33. Somebody talk to Bruce!!! This is painful!

  34. The bats are staying pretty quiet against Blanton. He’s a guy the Reds have to be able to do some damage against.

  35. Jay’s been rather small in this series.

  36. Yeah I know hitting with RISP is a meaningless stat, but Jay Bruce is pretty consistently below average at it.

    • With batters like Bruce you wonder if it is entirely meaningless. With RISP pitchers are less likely to give Bruce pitches he can drive. On the other hand, with no RISP, the pitcher is going to be more likely to give Bruce a pitch he can hit.

      Yeah I know hitting with RISP is a meaningless stat, but Jay Bruce is pretty consistently below average at it.

  37. Jason-It would probably help though if Jay got a hit with runners in scoring position every once in awhile. So far he’s been up with more runners on base than anybody in baseball.

    • @AnnapolisHoosier: Yes, that was Thom’s useless point too. It’s not like this is a new phenomenon from Reds announcers. He had almost 100 RBI last year and they were saying the same stupid things. Someone last season extrapolated the stats. His batting average with RISP and without has always been within a few hits of each other.

      He’s off to a slow start and he’ll be fine, but I bet this will become a recurring theme again this season.

    • @AnnapolisHoosier: How many hits does Votto have this year?

  38. Alright Bruce, time to wake up. You are swinging and missing at a rate that would make Adam Dunn blush.

  39. Would like to see better at bats from my hometown player Heisey and Bruce…Cozart too.

  40. How many 3rd outs has Bruce made this year?

  41. About time for Bruce to get a day off to get himself right. This is really bad. They could really benefit from him stepping up in Ludwick’s absence but it just doesn’t seem to be happening.

    • @Kyle Farmer: I guess I’m just not cut out for RLN game threads anymore, because this just drives me nuts. Talk about knee-jerk reactions to every little thing.

      It’s the 4th inning of the third game. If Bruce gets two hits in this game he will have had a good game. Talking about benching him after 2 games? Good Grief!

      • @Kyle Farmer: I guess I’m just not cut out for RLN game threads anymore, because this just drives me nuts. Talk about knee-jerk reactions to every little thing.

        It’s the 4th inning of the third game. If Bruce gets two hits in this game he will have had a good game.Talking about benching him after 2 games? Good Grief!

        Any thoughts of benching Bruce is ridiculous.

      • @al: Yesterday Jay Bruce hit a double but came a foot or two from hitting the ball out. So far that’s the difference between Bruce doing well and needing to be benched.

        Everyone knows he’s streaky, and he’ll get on a hitting streak eventually.

      • @al: I was referring to the series in Chicago (I think) last year where Dusty gave Bruce a day away from the park to get his mind right. I’m not talking about benching him – I’m talking about a day off. We’ll see how the rest of his day goes.

        I do think he is one of the key guys that needs to step up production in Ludwick’s absence though.

  42. Super Todd!!!!!!!!!!!

  43. Frazier is like the exact opposite of Bruce. Sure would be nice to have him hitting higher in the order.

  44. Well done by Hannigan and Todd. Turned the lineup over too.

  45. Wonder what Dusty was saying to Todd there. He didn’t seem very happy.

    • Wonder what Dusty was saying to Todd there. He didn’t seem very happy.

      My guess is he was getting on him for not running hard. He stopped at second because he thought the ball was gone. He got to third because of the error, but he should have had a triple if he was running hard.

  46. Jason-In his career he’s a .240 hitter with RISP. That’s not a small sample size.

    • @AnnapolisHoosier: His career AVG is only .255, you are talking about a handful of bats every season being the difference between his BA and his BARISP. It’s a useless stat and a useless thing to be harping on.

  47. Al-1 big one last night. I know it’s early and I’m not killing Bruce. I just said if you want the announcers to shut up it wouldn’t be bad to come up with a hit once in awhile with runners in scoring position. You have to admit he has not been good at that in his career.

    • @AnnapolisHoosier: yeah, and votto really crushed that one didn’t he? at least bruce actually hit an opposite field double high off the wall.

      and i hate even going into this again, but bruce has a career .808 OPS with men on base, a career .815 with bases empty, and a career .798 with RISP. if that seems worth griping about, so be it.

  48. Only watching on Gamecast, but Bronson seems determined to give this one away.

    • Giving up 3 runs in 6 innings as our #3 starter against this Angels lineup? I’ll take that.

    • Now if he gives up more next inning then yeah that’s a poor performance.

  49. They said on TV that Bruce is 1-11 now, and is 0-8 with RISP with 6 K’s. He leads the ML in RLOB now. He might need a couple of days off to get right, but they will need him against the Nats this weekend. Not a good start for Bruce so far.

  50. Bronson has been fine. This is a damn good line-up he’s facing.

  51. Is it just me or is there something to this whole getting on base thing by Choo? HEISEY!!!!!!!!!!!

  52. “Any thoughts of benching Bruce is ridiculous.”

    Why?? He isn’t above being benched or given a rest. Heck, right now, I’d pinch hit for him in the 8th or 9th innings if there are RISP and the game is on the line. Especially against a LH pitcher. That might send a message to him. Whether or not his ego would pick up on the message, though, is another story.

    • @WVRedlegs: I think Jay Bruce realizes that he needs to start hitting without the team sending him a message by pinch hitting for him.

      I’m not clear who you’d pinch hit with – Devin Mesoraco, I guess. Lefties (Xavier Paul, Jack Hannahan) or switch hitters (Izturis, Robinson) don’t necessarily provide an improvement.

    • @WVRedlegs: good grief. he’s had a slow start against two really good pitchers and we’re in the 3rd game. he doesn’t need a rest.

      sure, pinch hit for him if you think it’s a bad matchup, but i don’t think this is about his ego or whatever.

  53. I’m really liking Heisy in the #2 Spot

  54. this just in: Hoodlum likes Choo. a lot.

  55. I’m sick of Votto coming up with the bases empty today! C’mon leadoff guys, stop clearing the bases.

  56. A rest? They’ve played three games.

  57. Bronson is done. Simon will see his first action.

  58. Two big K’s for Bruce already today. I would bet almost anything, tomorrow’s OF will be Heisey in CF, Choo in RF, and Paul in LF. Bruce needs a day of rest to get his mind right not his body. Unless its a favorable pitching matchup with Bruce and the Nats scheduled starter.

  59. Does Arroyo pitch the 7th? Top of the order due up, I hope not. Sam LeCure would be a good choice here.

  60. Simon in the 7th….

  61. I’m hoping they keep Simon on a short leash since he hasn’t pitched much in Spring Training

  62. Why did they double switch Cozart out in the 7th? Is he going to let Simon throw more than one inning?

    • @Bill Lack: Because (what was) the pitchers’ spot is leading off next inning. Cozart hasn’t accomplished much at the plate today. Simon is a long reliever and I think that how long he pitches depends on how he performs in the first inning.

    • @Bill Lack:

      Why did they double switch Cozart out in the 7th? Is he going to let Simon throw more than one inning?

      Smart money says that Izturis quickly becomes a Baker favorite. Unfortunately. Over/under, Izzy gets ABs: 150.

      • Smart money says that Izturis quickly becomes a Baker favorite.Unfortunately.Over/under, Izzy gets ABs: 150.

        If Cozart keeps going hitless I wouldn’t blame him…

  63. I like Heisey in the two spot, if for no other reason than he gets a close up view of how Choo handles his business at the plate. Osmosis, do your thing!

    Meanwhile, Bruce doesn’t need to get his head together, he needs to get his swing together. Hard to do that from the bench…

  64. Para would be good choice here.

  65. Simon is missing his spots by a mile. He should be benched.

  66. Bill — maybe they aren’t expecting Simon to make it out of the full inning .. and need to be able to switch him with the Pitcher who will finish Inning 8 up as well

    • Bill — maybe they aren’t expecting Simon to make it out of the full inning .. and need to be able to switch him with the Pitcher who will finish Inning 8 up as well

      Pitcher’s spot leads off…so if they’re going to take him out after one, why double switch?

    • @Love4Reds: Well, then NOW would be a good time to bring that other pitcher in.

  67. Why are they leaving him in?!?!?

  68. Dusty’s trying to steal an out again.

  69. Do the Reds have anyone up in the ‘pen?

  70. Take him out!!!!

  71. he gives up a hit and the lead here, it’s on Baker.

  72. That was some serious nail biting …

  73. Again, why double switch Cozart out there? I don’t get the point…if I’m missing something, someone please fill me in.

    • @Bill Lack: Baker must delusionally think Izturis plays better defense than Cozart.

    • @Bill Lack: I guess he recognizes that Cozart’s lineup spot is unlikely to hit again, and he trusts Izturis to play a capable shortstop for ~2 innings after hitting once. Doesn’t seem like a big deal to me.

      Why all this resentment towards Izturis? What has Cozart done today?

  74. Mustache madness time.

  75. The madness I say!

  76. Has anybody heard/read, what is Chapman’s availability? It would be three games in four days …

  77. THE MADNESS!!

  78. One more, LeSam!!!!

  79. MADNESSSSSSSSSSS.

  80. Choo is really making me want to trade Billy Hamilton in a package for a stud LF and then extend Choo.

    I know it’s not financially feasible, but it would be great.

    • @rfay00: Why can’t you extend Choo and make HIM your stud LF?

    • @rfay00:

      Choo is really making me want to trade Billy Hamilton in a package for a stud LF and then extend Choo.I know it’s not financially feasible, but it would be great.

      Choo and Bruuuuuce are making me rethink who I’d like to have playing RF for us. If Bruuuuuuce wasn’t 26 and if I didnt think he’ll have a month where he hits .400+ and hits 10+ HRs – I’d think about it even more.

      • @hoodlum: i certainly hope you’re basing that on choo’s career .847 OPS and not the first three games of the season.

  81. I would like to see Chapman mix in more sliders. I think he threw all fastballs last night. That can be dangerous with the top of the lineup due for the Angels.

  82. Alright.. Here we go!! Chapman wanted to close. Here comes a rare situation when he has to earn it.

  83. Chapman’s been squeezed by the umps all series!

  84. See if Dusty pitches to Pujols….

  85. I would have put him on…just sayin’…

  86. Two of three from the Angels? I’ll take that. Well played boys.

  87. 2 out of 3 ain’t bad…..Nationals are next.

  88. amazing

  89. Yes!!!! Tuned in just in time to hear Chapman get the final out. Two in a row for the now Reds Hot Reds team. Next!

  90. Two out of three… I am pleased.

  91. and three one run games, that makes sense with these two clubs. slightly higher scores in each game, which also makes some sense given the starters. overall, you have to say these two clubs match up pretty well.

  92. don’t be sad;
    2 out of 3 ain’t bad.

  93. The first order of business against the Nationals is to plunk Bryce Harper in his first at bat, just for the halibut.

    • You go through the entire Angels series without a fish joke and then when you get to the Nationals you make one? That is madness Sir.

    • The first order of business against the Nationals is to plunk Bryce Harper in his first at bat, just for the halibut.

      I like it. Just don’t plunk him, put one in his earhole.

    • @Sergeant2: I bet if we plunked Harper, they’d plunk JoeyMVP. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

  94. good series, solid start to the season, too bad G1 got away from them.

    LA’s bats seemed to be waking up a bit today, good time to see them leave town!

    excellent job by LeCure and Chapman. Choo continues to impress. Good Job by Hannigan getting the SF on the 0-2 count. Would like to see some life from Bruce’s bat, but it’ll come around.

  95. Does anybody have the official attendance for today’s titanic struggle?

  96. Whew, man yet another nail biter. Let’s hope Bruce and Votto wake up, at this rate I’m gonna have a heart attack waaayyy before 30.

  97. Bruce seems to come out zeroed in after being given a day off by Baker before. It is not too early to do just that this weekend. Depending on the pitching matchups, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Bruce sit either Friday or Sunday’s game.

  98. Big win for the Redlegs! The next time they take the field, I will be there cheering them on in person!

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