Predicting the Cincinnati Reds post-trade deadline starting lineup

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Kyle Farmer (17) and second baseman Donovan Solano.
Cincinnati Reds shortstop Kyle Farmer (17) and second baseman Donovan Solano. / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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7. Nick Senzel, Reds centerfielder

It's been great seeing what a healthy Nick Senzel can do. The 27-year-old has played above-average defense in center field, and once David Bell bumped him down in the lineup, Senzel began to have success at the plate as well.

Bell put Senzel behind Jonathan India in the No. 2 during Tuesday night's game, and it's not a bad idea to see he's able to have the same level of success while hitting higher in the batting order. But if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

8. Mike Moustakas, Reds designated hitter

Oh boy, the trade deadline passed and Mike Moustakas is still on the Cincinnati Reds roster. But you knew that was going to happen. Moustakas has been, well, bad. Moose is hitting .205 with six home runs and has had umpteen trips to the IL in 2022.

Moustakas shouldn't take away at-bats from the younger players on the team, and the Reds should not put him in the lineup versus left-handed starters. There will be several other players who occupy this spot in the coming weeks, including Stuart Fairchild and Matt Reynolds. Donovan Solano can act as the DH as well which will allow David Bell to shuffle the lineup on a regular basis.

9. Aramis Garcia/ Austin Romine, Reds catcher

Aramis Garcia is current on the Injured List, but once he returns, you'd have to assume that he'll be the Cincinnati Reds everyday catcher with Tyler Stephenson out until late-September. The Reds picked up Austin Romine on Tuesday, so fans should expect to see the veteran behind the dish in the coming days.

Until then, look for Mike Papierski and Mark Kolozsvary to hold down the fort. Neither has been overly impressive at the dish or behind the plate. This is why Stephenson is so valuable to the Cincinnati Reds as a catcher. It's hard to see Cincinnati moving Stephenson to first base anytime soon.

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