Cincinnati Reds News – 2013 Reds Updates
9/24/13 - The Cincinnati Reds have clinched a playoff spot for the second straight year. But, there is one more accomplishment the Reds would like to achieve before the end of the regular season – a NL Central title. Cincinnati will play one of two divisional rivals still in the hunt to win that title, the Pittsburgh Pirates, in the final series this regular season at Great American Ball Park. The two ball clubs both boast a 90-67 record; both are two games behind current leader St. Louis Cardinals. The three game series is averaging $42 in Cincinnati. Good news for the Reds, Johnny Cueto is back on the mound and if he remains healthy, can greatly contribute to a squad who has seen much of its pitching rotation fall to injury throughout the season.
7/26/13 - Despite losing ace Johnny Cueto to significant time on the disabled list, the Big Red Machine continues to keep the pressure on Central Division rivals St. Louis and Pittsburgh. The heart of the Reds’ batting order – Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, and Jay Bruce – continue to be the engine of the Red Machine; while the pitching slack from Cueto’s injuries has been admirably picked up by Mike Leake, who is quietly having a career year on the mound. Reds fans have come to expect great things from this team, and 2013 will prove to be no exception.
3/26/13 – The City of Cincinnati might as well shut down for Opening Day – Reds fans consider the day an unofficial Holiday and flock to Great American Ball Park
in masses. The Cincinnati Reds are the only team who always opens the season with a home game (aside from 1990) and for the first time ever this year, teams (including the Reds) will play interleague games on Opening Day. Demand for Reds tickets is high; it is not surprising than that Reds Opening Day tickets are the second most expensive in the League – only the Boston Red Sox
at New York Yankees
Opening Day tickets are more expensive. Following the Reds Opening Day series against the Los Angeles Angels
, the team will host the Washington Nationals
, Philadelphia Phillies
, Miami Marlins
, and Chicago Cubs
Is "The Big Red Machine" back? With the Cincinnati Reds winning the National League's Central Division two out of the last three years, many fans would say, "Yes sir!" Manager Dusty Baker has the boys from Ohio's "Queen City" playing solid baseball, with timely hitting and solid pitching. However, the Reds do have a number of questions going into the 2013 campaign. Are slugger Joey Votto and ace starter Johnny Cueto fully recovered and rehabbed from late season injuries suffered last season? Votto suffered torn cartilage in his left knee midway through last season, and was only moderately effective as a hitter after a short rehab; Cueto strained a muscle in his back just eight pitches into Game 1 of the 2012 NL Division Series, and never returned, while the Reds dropped three straight to the eventual World Series champions from San Francisco. The Reds also acquired outfielder Shin-Soo Choo from their upstate rivals in Cleveland; Choo is expected to hold down center field while up and coming basepath burner Billy Hamilton learns to play the position in what many expect to be his final season in the minor leagues. Finally, can 100-mph fireballer Aroldis Chapman successfully make the transition back to starting pitching, after a 2012 season in which he was one of the dominant closers in the National League? All of this and more remains to be seen as 2013 opens at Great American Ball Park.
How much are Reds tickets? Cincinnati Reds tickets average $65 at Great American Ball Park in 2013. Opening Day tickets are priced from $95 in the Bleacher and View levels to more than $700 for Diamond and Infield Box seats — the Reds host the Angels in an Interleague game on April 1st. In addition to the Angels, this season's Reds schedule features huge series with the three other MLB
teams from California: Los Angeles Dodgers
, San Diego Padres
, and San Francisco Giants
. Reds fans on a budget should head out to GABP to catch Reds games versus the Colorado Rockies
, Chicago White Sox
, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers
, and Washington Nationals; Reds baseball tickets to these series average under $45. Also, cheap Reds tickets for most 2013 home games start at $15 or less. Cincinnati's popular on the road too; Reds away game tickets average $70, $5 more than at home.