File this under posts that are pointless and speculative, but my goodness the Reds have won three in a row and I want to speculate in a happy way.
So let’s look at next year’s lineup. And let’s pretend it’s the “perfect” lineup and let’s pause to consider the potential beauty.
- Jesse Winker RF
- Nick Senzel 2B
- Joey Votto 1B
- Eugenio Suarez 3B
- Adam Duvall or Scott Schebler LF
- Devin Mesoraco C
- A Shortstop SS
- Billy Hamilton CF
Some recent comments by Reds head of player development indicated that Senzel can play second (or even short), so let’s find a place for him. He’s crushing double-A and I’m on team Rush-Senzel. Maybe the Reds re-sign Cozart. Maybe they put Peraza at short. Maybe Senzel plays short and Scooter Gennett starts at second. But however you slice it, that’s a fun, balanced lineup. Good power. Good OBP The top six are all good to great hitters. That lineup will score runs.
Yes, yes, I know the pitching, the pitching. I’m right there with you. But Homer is starting to look okay, and there’s Castillo, and Mahle keeps being great in Louisville. Sal Romano has been solid and Robert Stephenson was even good last night. You never know.
This post is silly. It’s supposed to be silly.
So now, I put it to you. Be optimistic. What do you think goes right next year? How might the Reds be good? Let’s have some fun.
Jason has been a fan of the Reds since he was born. He really had no choice in the matter. He has been writing at Redleg Nation for a few years, and also writes and edits at The Hardball Times. His debut novel, When the Sparrow Sings, is available now and concerns baseball, among other things. You can find more information at jasonlinden.com.