Opening Day Preview?

After today’s game against the Indians (a 5-1 win), the lineup for tomorrow was posted. Could this be a preview for Opening Day? (Courtesy of John Fay)

Drew Stubbs cf
Brandon Phillips 2b
Joey Votto 1b
Scott Rolen 3b
Jay Bruce rf
Jonny Gomes lf
Ryan Hanigan c
Paul Janish ss
Sam LeCure p

As Fay notes, the only change may be the Ramon Hernandez may get the start since Edinson Volquez is pitching. With two weeks to go until Opening Day, seems like Dusty wants to see where his starters stand. But there are some questions left to be answered…

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Leadoff: Stubbs hasn’t exactly impressed so far. He has 14 SO in 29 AB. He hasn’t had one stolen base. He’s batting .207. Maybe getting all the regular guys in there will get him going. I’m starting to get a little curious as to how long this “experiment” will last. Some people say the leadoff spot is overrated because the leadoff guy usually only hits leadoff once a game. Still, nice if that guy can get on base and set the tables.

You do have to find another alternative at some point or at least have a plan B. And at the rate in which Fred Lewis is performing, that’s not looking like a decent option either. He has more SO (7) than Gomes (2).

Left field: Gomes appears to be the guy, but he’s having a dreadful spring (.071). Like Stubbs, maybe with the other starters on board, he can find his swing. Remember, Gomes is streaky. He has made an concerted effort to make contact. Only 2 SO in 28 AB thus far.

LeCure: Baker and the rest of the Reds brass are giving this guy a realistic shot at making this squad by allowing him to start and get some more work in. LeCure more than deserves the opportunity. What will be interesting is to see how many innings LeCure will throw. He’s had possibly the best spring of any pitcher in camp. The only other pitcher that’s pitched at least five innings and yet to allow an earned run is Scott Carroll. And Carroll’s spring is extremely impressive, too. I know I’m beating the drum on LeCure endlessly, but it should be.

The one question we have had answer to…shortstop. Yeah, Janish has that gig. And his spring has been pretty good, too.

Some crazy stats:
– Want to see some outrageous OPS? How about Dave Sappelt (1.459), Jeremy Hermida (1.136), and Zack Cozart (1.118).
– After his appearance today, Aroldis Chapman now owns the club lead in SO with 10…in 8.0 IP. He also leads the staff in BB with 7.
– There’s only one pitcher that has more BB than SO. It’s Nick Masset (4 BB, 3 SO).

Tags: Aroldis Chapman Baseball Cincinnati Reds Dave Sappelt Drew Stubbs Jeremy Hermida Jonny Gomes Nick Masset Sam LeCure Spring Training Zack Cozart

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