There is promise in Cincinnati going into the 2013 Cincinnati Reds season. They won the National League Central last season and might have gone far in the playoffs if injuries had not of gotten to them. It is a new season however and everyone is healthy and ready to go. The only possibly negative thing about the Reds opening day game is that it is Interleague Play against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
It could be worse. The Angels also have interleague play to deal with but they have to play in the National League ballpark under unfamiliar rules. The Reds merely have the irritation of facing one of the fiercest line-ups (on paper) of the last several years. Johnny Cueto, now healthy after the injury that took him from the playoffs, will face the devastating batting order that includes, Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton.
There are so many side stories in this game that they could play two or three opening games. Maybe the most interesting is the fact that this is the first opening day series that could be a preview of the World Series. As fierce as the Angels are, the Reds are not too shabby themselves. Jered Weaver will have a tough task getting through that batting order as well.
The main story will be how Cueto bounces back against this line-up that is capable of putting runs up in bunches. Cueto should be equal to the task however. One interesting note is that if this was a preview of the World Series, it would be a preview of the game one starters as well. It should be fun to watch as all of the side stories unfold.