3 biggest overreactions from the Reds Opening Day loss to the Pirates

Players stand for the National Anthem as F-16s fly over the field for the 104th Cincinnati Reds Opening Day
Players stand for the National Anthem as F-16s fly over the field for the 104th Cincinnati Reds Opening Day / Phil Didion/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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3. Overreactions from Reds Opening Day loss: Will Benson and Jose Barrero need to be sent to Triple-A.

It was not a good day at the plate for Cincinnati Reds newcomer Will Benson. The outfielder got the ole Golden Sombero after striking out four times and leaving five runners on base. Jose Barrero, who is under the microscope this season, did not look great either. Barrero went down on strikes twice and had two balls that didn't leave the infield.

Neither players looked great at the plate, I'll grant you that. But that's why they're hitting eighth and ninth in the batting order. Everyone knew coming into the this season that Barrero may struggle early. That's the entire reason that Kevin Newman was brought in during the offseason.

In fact, with left-hander Rich Hill slated to the mound for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday, don't be shocked to see Newman at shortstop and Barrero on the outfield grass. David Bell may, in fact, give the left-handed hitting Benson a day off on Saturday.

Honestly, the more troubling statistic may have been TJ Friedl's three strikeouts. Jonathan India reached base three times, but Friedl, batting second, was 0-for-3 with a walk.

Will Benson and Jose Barrero are going to be given opportunities early. The Cincinnati Reds have invested too much into both players to option them back to Triple-A so soon. But if either one is still struggling mightily come early-June, then we may be having a deeper conversation.

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