Nothing, I say nothing, beats the excitement of opening day for MLB. The anticipation has not been this great for several years for we Reds fans. So much upside, so much expectation.
The opener will pit the Los Angeles (I don’t care if the move to Sacramento, they have always and will always be Los Angeles to me) Angels against the hometown Cincinnati Reds. What a matchup, with Jered Weaver lining up with Johnny Cueto, two of the premier pitchers in either league. Cueto pitched seven strong innings of 3-hit baseball against the Marlins on Opening Day 2012.
After a winter of trades, rumors of trades, speculation and even name-calling, it is time to put up or shut up.
The Angels are arguably the most talent-laden offense being rolled out on a field this season. Just look at some of those names: Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton, Mike Trout, Mark Trumbo, Howie Kendrick, et al. Two MVP’s and another in many fan’s eyes (not mine) in Trout.
The Reds still haven’t trimmed to a 25-man roster yet and according to Mark Sheldon it will be done on Sunday. It is still undetermined if Cesar Izturis or Jason Donald will remain with club when it heads to the Queen City. Izturis is not formally “with” the club so in his case remain would not be a correct term.
As for team statistics, Izturis lead all Reds with 19 hits. Todd Frazier had 5 HR while Joey Votto and Jay Bruce both hit four. Votto led the way with 14 RBI. Chris Heisey paved the way with 14 runs scored.
J.J. Hoover has had a very impressive spring. In 10+ innings he has yielded 10 hits and recorded 19 strikeouts while posting a 1.74 ERA and a WHIP of 1.16
Bronson Arroyo is the only starter who had a respectable ERA this spring, checking in at 3.13. Homer Bailey had the highest ERA of the starters at 6.35 while the other three starters were living in the 5+ neighborhood.
The Reds finished up the spring with a 13-20 record and a 13th place finish in the Cactus League, 12.5 games out of first. The Angels were actually worse than that, with a record of 10-20 and in dead last, 14 games off the pace.
Cincinnati is riding a two-game winning streak on Opening Day after shutting out the Miami Marlins in 2012.
All systems are go, and we are at T-29h 34m and counting.
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