Edwin Encarnacion - Third Baseman Mar. 23 - 10:35 pm et
Reds manager Jerry Narron said he's leaning toward batting left-handers second, fourth and sixth, which would likely put Brandon Phillips in the third spot and Edwin Encarnacion fifth.
Yeah, lineups don't make much of a difference over the course of the year, but Narron and the Pirates' Jim Tracy are the worst about costing their teams runs with their formations. The Reds might have their two best hitters -- Encarnacion and Adam Dunn -- hitting fifth and sixth respectively. It's more likely that Dunn will hit cleanup initially, but we'll never underestimate Narron's inability to put guys where they belong. It doesn't help that the team has insisted on respecting Ken Griffey Jr. by keeping him high in the lineup. If a left-hander needs to bat sixth, he's probably the best choice.