3 overreactions from the Reds opening weekend series split with the Braves

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Hunter Greene (21) pitches.
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Hunter Greene (21) pitches. / Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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Cincinnati Reds infielder Brandon Drury rounds the bases.
Cincinnati Reds infielder Brandon Drury rounds the bases. / Kevin C. Cox/GettyImages

2. Brandon Drury should be the Reds starting third baseman.

Okay, who had Brandon Drury hitting the Cincinnati Reds first home run in 2022? Nobody? That's what I thought. Look, I about jumped out of my chair when Drury's three-run homer cleared the fence on Thursday night. I'm also not onboard with Mike Moustakas as the Reds starting third baseman. But Drury is not the longterm answer.

Drury is a journeyman infielder who's now played for five different teams during his eight-year major league career. Drury is worth -0.6bWAR and has been little more than a part-time player throughout his tenure in the big leagues.

Let's be honest, were it not for Jose Barrero, Max Schrock, and Donovan Solano opening the 2022 season on the Injured List, it's doubtful that Brandon Drury would have even made the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day roster.

Drury may well be designated for assigment once Solano and/ or Barrero return the IL. His experience in the outfield might see Drury stay on the active roster a little bit longer, but to insert the 29-year-old as the team's everyday third baseman is an overreaction.

I expect Mike Moustakas to be back on the bag during Tuesday's home opener at Great American Ball Park. While Moose appears to have lost a step, David Bell is still more likely to trot out the former All-Star as the team's starting third baseman rather than Brandon Drury.