Predicting the Reds starting lineup versus right-handed pitchers

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Predicting the Reds starting lineup vs. right-handed pitchers

7. TJ Friedl, LF

Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell will have some options when it comes to left field. But if he's looking to load up on left-handed bats, TJ Friedl should be on the field. Friedl can play all three outfield spots, but his arm profiles better in left field.

Friedl had reverse splits last season, so it'll be interesting to see how the 27-year-old fares against right-handers. Friedl has done enough this spring, especially with Nick Senzel likely out for Opening Day, to log a lot of starts for the Reds in 2023.

8. Chad Pinder, DH

The designated hitter could go one of many ways in 2023. When Joey Votto returns, DH duty will likely be split between the six-time All-Star, catcher Tyler Stephenson, and right fielder Wil Myers. But until is back in the everyday lineup, the designated hitter will be a revolving door.

You could just as easily swap Chad Pinder for TJ Friedl in left field and the University of Nevada alum could take over as the Reds DH. Cincinnati will not have you typical DH who can mash 30-plus homers per season, but instead, that job will fall to several players throughout the entire season.

9. Jose Barrero, SS

Shortstop has been an open competition this spring. While so many of the Reds fanbase are excited to see Elly De La Cruz and Matt McLain make their way to The Show, neither one is likley leave Goodyear on a plane bound for Cincinnati.

Jose Barrero and Kevin Newman have both shown the ability to field the position defensively, but after Barrero's disastrous 2022 season, he's going to be a very short leash this year. But the Reds are determined to see what they have in the 24-year-old infielder, so expect to see Barrero start two out of every three games.

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