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.

161 Responses

  1. BenL

    @preach: As a man at work, about to go into a meeting, I strongly agree.

  2. battlerabbit

    Stuck at work and then class and also in MN, so I won’t be able to watch or listen, but I’ll be following in spirit.

  3. pmedwards

    What’s the temperature like up there in Cincy, looked cloudy earlier. El perfecto down here in AZ.

  4. pmedwards

    @preach: If it was between he and Hoover, though, you gotta go Hoover.

    • pmedwards

      @preach: Lefty vs. Righty matchups is such an archaic philosophy.

  5. DatFan

    Happy Opening Day everyone! 🙂 🙂

    This is a great feeling. Not going to the game today, but I’ve got my tickets for Wednesday’s game and I can’t wait.

    For today, I have a sixer of High Life and a giant sub from Jersey Mike’s. I just doesn’t get much better than baseball, beer and giant sandwiches.

    Love seeing Jim Day and Jeff Piecoro (sp?) on my TV again. I also loved watching the Astros stomp the Rangers last night. It felt strange to root for the Astros, but I would love to see them succeed in the AL.

  6. Farney

    Poor college student in Utah and my slingbox isnt working… anyone know a free site to watch the game on?

    • lukeukcrazy

      @Farney: Farney, I’m not absolutely sure, but you might want to check WatchESPN or espn3.com to see if the game will be broadcasted there.

    • RedForever

      @Farney: If you find one, let me know. FSN TN is not broadcasting it today…boo!

      I’ll have to listen to Marty and the Cowboy and watch MLB network for updates.

  7. pmedwards

    I might call in sick on Friday just so I can watch all three games against the Nats. Cueto Strasburg, anyone?

  8. Smithy

    Ah yes… Between this and Reddits hat bs… my work productivity is ZEro… can it be a negative number? Go Reds!

  9. Sergeant2

    buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks… I can almost smell the hot dogs & brats. Nothing like Opening Day in Cincinnati. I wish I was there, but as the late great Bob Shreve would say, I live a “fur piece” from Cincinnati. Gonna be an awesome season. Go Reds!

  10. RedinTenn

    drives me crazy that home games are blacked out on MLB TV here in TN —
    but it’s probably a good thing as far as keeping my job goes……………

  11. Sergeant2

    I wonder why my little smiley face icons won’t post.

  12. Sergeant2

    @renbutler: I agree. If your in the lineup then stepping in the batters box comes with the territory.

  13. neestj01

    Going to need a win today to keep pace with those Cubbies!

  14. neestj01

    Being off for Opening Day is the sole reason I became a teacher. That, and the amazing salary…

  15. Sergeant2

    Can’t wait to hear the the lineup.

  16. Mwv

    Alrighty, now to sit back and feed my addiction after the long withdrawal. Any guesses on who hits the first bomb for us this year? I’m guessing Bruce. Mostly because I just like using capslock afterwords.

  17. lukeukcrazy

    Lineup:
    Choo, CF
    Phillips, B, 2B
    Votto, 1B
    Ludwick, LF
    Bruce, RF
    Frazier, 3B
    Cozart, SS
    Hanigan, C
    Cueto, P

  18. Sergeant2

    How sweet was it to NOT hear Marty say “and leading off for the Reds Drew Stubbs. Sweet.

  19. Mwv

    Cueto’s offspeed stuff looks good so far.

  20. RC

    The Reds should GO. Seriously. Please GO, Reds!

    Stuck at work later than I hoped, but ASAP will be hitting the nearest TV + beer establishment. Wings, too, perhaps…

  21. Sergeant2

    I’m going to stretch out on the couch and listen to Marty and Cowboy call the game. Now that’s what I call sweet.

  22. Sergeant2

    @preach: BP has been known to swing for the fences every now and again.

  23. Sergeant2

    @preach: I don’t think you can get the audio anywhere without an audio subscription from MLB.com

  24. neestj01

    There’s no way to listen without getting the MLB audio subscription, which isn’t too pricey. 30 bucks i think…

  25. Mwv

    Well, they made Weaver work more than JC I suppose. We’ll see if Weaver finds his control as the game goes on. If not things will heat up soon.

  26. neestj01

    Can someone just tell Bruce that his ceiling is Adam Dunn and not Joey Votto? Just get your 40 homers and 120 RBI and move on.

    • neestj01

      @CP: I’m just saying that I’d rather him focus on his strength (power) than worry about improving his weakness (contact).

  27. Mwv

    If there are Lego Redlegs then I need to buy that for my nephew.

  28. RedManifesto

    Anybody else have a perma-smile going on? Nothing sweeter than a post-winter opening day.

  29. Bruuuuuce

    Anyone with video care to divulge the location of the Iannetta HR pitch? Did Cueto miss?

  30. Farney

    We’ve got a wide strike zone today, boys

  31. Mwv

    No sac bunt, was just a hopper up the middle that advanced the runner.

  32. Chad Dotson

    Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto, leaving guys in scoring position. Cue up the complaints about hitting with RISP.

  33. lukeukcrazy

    Nice hustle CHOOOOO!!!!! Hope Ludwick is okay.

  34. Mwv

    Looks like he jammed his shoulder pretty good, hopefully nothing serious.

  35. ToddAlmighty

    Dislocated if I had to guess.. he didn’t lift his right arm once.

  36. Bruuuuuce

    Choo-Choo Express. New nickname. Mark it down!

  37. PRoseFutureHOFer

    Every year I say the same thing: how did Pete Rose manage to slide first every year for 23 years and never get hurt, yet these guys get hurt every time they try it? And oh by the way, Pete was running through walls, running over catchers, etc., etc. Amazing.

  38. RedForever

    Will the Reds ever get another hit with RISP? ** Sarcasm Alert! ***

  39. RedForever

    If ludwick goes on the DL, will they recall Hamilton?

  40. Farney

    I highly doubt it. They’d go heisey/paul and leave hamilton to keep getting consistent AB’s. Gotta think they’d pull someone up to be a bat off the bench tho, but not hamilton

  41. Farney

    Love that he threw the slider on a 3-2 count there! ACE.

  42. Mwv

    I don’t think Weaver comes back out next inning unless this one is super quick. His pitch count is really up there for the first start of the year.

  43. Mwv

    4 pitch inning. Sorry about that guys.

  44. DatFan

    any chance they’d give a look at “big lutz?”

    John Fay tweeted that Lutz has a good chance of getting called up if Ludwick is hurt badly because he has a hot bat right now.

  45. Mwv

    Mostly like a guy watching JC pitch a great game from a nice seat.

  46. ToddAlmighty

    Heisey just got robbed on that call.

  47. pmedwards

    Is there work in the pen right now?

  48. pmedwards

    C’mon, Johnny. Get out of this silliness.

  49. Mwv

    Wow, that is a gutsy pitch to call there.

  50. PRoseFutureHOFer

    And Weaver is out of there. I love National League baseball.

  51. Mwv

    JC is the man. 9 K’s and none sweeter than those last two.

  52. Bruuuuuce

    Here’s Johnnnnnnnnnnnnnyyyyyyyyyyy!!!

    Way to be Cueto

  53. pmedwards

    He may not get the win, but Johnny smoked it.

  54. Richard Fitch

    Johnny’s pitching like it’s June, not April.

  55. ToddAlmighty

    So clutch, now they need to get a run on board this half inning to get Cueto set up for the W.

  56. Tourniquette

    Holy crap, the memory of this Cueto was starting to get fuzzy after the game-that-shall-not-be-named. Go Reds!

  57. Tourniquette

    Pretty sure the Whoo! just made a comeback

  58. Mwv

    You forgot the stellar relief pitching and the 97 wins.

  59. PRoseFutureHOFer

    Too bad Broxton’s not good enough to close.

  60. Mwv

    That was great because now even if it goes extras we’ve still got Marshal.

  61. rfay00

    Boy it would be great to have Billy H. up here to steal some bases as a pinch runner now…

  62. Mwv

    Angels seem determined to give us every chance to score this inning.

  63. Mwv

    Now why wouldn’t they want to pitch to Joey?

  64. Abel

    I think I’d rather see BP hit into a DP than Heisey and Bruce strike out with the bases loaded. Prove me wrong!

    • desertred

      I think I’d rather see BP hit into a DP than Heisey and Bruce strike out with the bases loaded.Prove me wrong!

      nice call

  65. hoodlum

    where does one sign up for the “i hate giving up outs with our #2 hitter and setting up an easy walk of our MVP club?”

    • desertred

      @hoodlum: Line forms around the block.

      Dusty matching wits with Scioscia is not a pretty sight.

      Plural wits? How about halfwit?

  66. desertred

    Way to take the bat out of Votto’s hands. The Dustman will just never learn.

  67. Tourniquette

    Man, Bruce is Stubbsing it today hard.

  68. Bruuuuuce

    Bruce with an afternoon to forget. 7 LOB. Ouch

  69. Farney

    I hate taking the bat out of BP’s hands only to get a walk for Votto.

  70. hoodlum

    pretty upsetting that Heisey can’t make contact there.

  71. desertred

    Hope John Fay asks Dusty about that move later. But I doubt it.

  72. RedForever

    Nice game by Jay Bruce. 0-4 with 3Ks. Did Jay Bruce morph into Drew Stubbs?

  73. desertred

    A little late to the party here – but with Ludwick out for who knows how long, what are the chances that Phillips winds up in the #4 hole again, with Cozart moving to 2nd? Because the other option is moving Bruce to cleanup and that’s not possible because that would be two lefties back-to-back & we all know how the Toothpick feels about that.

    Uh oh. I smell a Scott Rolen comeback.

  74. ToddAlmighty

    Wow.. this umpire has a terrible strike zone all day.

  75. hoodlum

    @concepcion13: Right on the money.

    at least we dont have to worry about Cairo in the 2 hole this season.

  76. desertred

    Uh oh. I smell a Scott Rolen comeback.

    @concepcion13: Right on the money.

    It’s perfect Dusty logic. With 2 men on and no outs, BP has to bunt. But he’s good enough to bat in clean-up in a pinch.

  77. desertred

    Why is Chapman pitching in a tie game?

  78. Mwv

    So now he calls the exact same location a strike…

  79. neestj01

    Call me crazy…but i would move Hanny to the 2-hole. We’ve seen BP asked to bunt twice today to move Choo over. I’d rather have Hanny, who can hit well oppo and lay down a bunt, get the bat taken out of his hands than BP. Move Hanny to 2nd, then BP/Frazier to the 4 and 6 spot. Thoughts?

    • neestj01

      @concepcion13: I like BP in the 2 hole, but Dusty is a fan of moving the runner over. With Choo getting on base more than what we’re used to, it’s going to take the bat out of his hands more than I’d like to see. I completely agree with bunting him over though. The though of a runner at 2nd with Votto up must make Dusty ecstatic!

  80. Mwv

    Chapman starting to dial it up now that he got ahead.

  81. Mwv

    Well whatever.. he calls 2 in that location a ball and 2 in that location a strike.

  82. Tourniquette

    I promised I wouldn’t talk about it anymore…but I can think about it awfully hard…

  83. Mwv

    Now they must face the wrath of the mustache.

    • Tourniquette

      @Mwv: That’s the funniest thing I’ve heard so far this week

  84. ToddAlmighty

    Why did Cozart get taken out anyway? I really feel like Cozart could have made that play.

  85. eastcoast redsfan

    Double switch so that LeCure could pitch more than 1 inning if they need it.

  86. Mwv

    Or the new spokesman for Wendy’s. I’d buy that.

  87. rfay00

    Starting to get an uh oh feeling…

  88. Eric the Red

    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?

  89. Sergeant2

    That’s what ya call a hairy inning.

    • Sergeant2

      @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!

  90. DatFan

    Heisey took a souvenir from a fan. 🙂

  91. Eric the Red

    Are the Angels really this bad defensively?

    • Tourniquette

      @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?

  92. jas_428

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

  93. rfay00

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

  94. Sergeant2

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

  95. PRoseFutureHOFer

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

  96. Sergeant2

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

    • Sergeant2

      @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.

  97. Eric the Red

    @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?

  98. desertred

    And the feared Howard Kendrick was intentionally walked why?

    • desertred

      @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.

  99. Sergeant2

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

  100. mthomas5810

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

  101. Sergeant2

    Knock the ball outta the park Heisey

  102. ToddAlmighty

    Three hits in 13 innings… where’s Milton?

  103. jas_428

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

  104. Sergeant2

    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!!

  105. Sergeant2

    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.