Reds: Predicting lineup-altering shakeup in the coming days

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 12: Nick Senzel #15 of the Cincinnati Reds celebrate with Mike Moustakas #9 after scoring. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 12: Nick Senzel #15 of the Cincinnati Reds celebrate with Mike Moustakas #9 after scoring. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /
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Mike Moustakas #9 of the Cincinnati Reds celebrates his solo home run with Eugenio Suarez #7 during the second inning.
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 12: Mike Moustakas #9 of the Cincinnati Reds celebrates his solo home run with Eugenio Suarez #7 during the second inning. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /

3. Mike Moustakas and Eugenio Suarez split time as the Reds’ third baseman.

Mike Moustakas has been gone from the Cincinnati Reds’ lineup for what feels like forever. The veteran infielder has been dealing with a heel injury since mid-May and finally appears ready to make a comeback. Along with Nick Senzel, Moose has been on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville since last Friday.

Jonathan India just took home the Rookie of the Month trophy for his performance during the month of the July, and there’s not a hotter hitter in the league that future Hall of Famer Joey Votto. Moustakas is capable of playing both first and second base, but there’s no way that David Bell is sitting either India or Votto.

However, one player who’s struggled all season has been third baseman Eugenio Suarez. Geno is one of the easiest players in the league to root for. His smile and positive attitude are contagious, and he’s a leader on this Reds team.

However, Geno is hitting a measly .174 on the season. Though Suarez has 20 home runs and 57 RBIs, his .625 OPS is the lowest of his career. Suarez did spend some time at shortstop earlier this season, but Kyle Farmer’s recent play should eliminate any thought of anything other than a spot start from Suarez at shortstop.

While I’d stop short of saying that David Bell should platoon Suarez and Moustakas, that may well be what the Reds’ skipper has to do. We may not see a platoon based on lefty/ righty matchups, but rather career numbers versus certain pitchers.

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Juggling the duo of Mike Moustakas and Eugenio Suarez will easily be David Bell’s biggest challenge. Every other infielder is irreplaceable right now, so platooning the pair of third basemen appears to be Bell’s only option. Collectively, those two players are taking home about $26M this season.