Predicting the Reds starting lineup versus right-handed pitchers

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jake Fraley
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The days of a manager running out the same eight players every day are long gone. First, with the addition of the designated hitter in the National League, Cincinnati Reds skipper David Bell now has nine spot in his lineup.

Bell's lineup card will look different depending on the opposing pitcher. When a left-handed pitcher is on the mound, Bell will load up with right-handed bats in order to hopefully gain an advantage.

But when a right-hander toes the rubber, what's the Reds lineup going to look like? Let's see if we can get close to predicting what the Reds starting lineup will be against right-handed pitching. (Note: This is under the assumption that both Joey Votto and Nick Senzel are unavailable).

Predicting the Reds starting lineup vs. right-handed pitchers

1. Jonathan India, 2B

Jonathan India was the Cincinnati Reds leadoff hitter for the majority of the 2022 season after having success batting first in the order during his rookie season. The results were not the same, however, as India struggled through injures and played in just 103 games.

But India's speed and power, coupled with reshaping his physique this offseason, will go a long way toward seeing the third-year player have an impact atop the Reds lineup. While India's defense certainly was below-average in 2022, that's also an area he's looking to improve on in 2023.

2. Tyler Stephenson, C

Look for Tyler Stephenson to be in the Cincinnati Reds lineup nearly every day. But don't count on the former first-round pick squatting behind the plate for every contest. Stephenson will be positioned as the team's starting catcher while also seeing time at first base and DH.

Stephenson is, arguably, Cincinnati's best hitter and could bat cleanup for Redlegs in 2023. Throughout Cactus League play, however, Stephenson has regularly occupied the No. 2 spot in the Reds batting order. That could carry over into the regular season.

3. Wil Myers, 1B

Just like Tyler Stephenson, Wil Myers will not have a set position on the field. But his presence in the Reds lineup is a virtual certainty. Myers will likely be shuffled between right field and first base until Joey Votto is back in the lineup. Myers can also be used as the team's designated hitter.

Myers was the Reds biggest offseason addition, and while he could be on the trade block later this summer, while he's on the team, expect to see the former San Diego Padres outfieler hitting third or fourth in David Bell's lineup.