Re: Your 2009 Cincinnati Red Opening Day Lineup (per CTrent)
There's nothing wrong with that lineup. Cutting Gomes is the right thing to do. They don't want Dickerson going against the Mets' Ace Left-hander. McDonald has as good of a chance as anyone at getting on base once in his 3 plate appearances. He'll be pinch-hit for his 4th plate appearance and he'll play decent, if not very good defense in Left Field.
All the right moves were made. Bailey gets to continue towards becoming a 200+ IP starter at the Minor League level until he's ready to step in as a starter for the REDS. Herrera's pitched great (I assume he was kept on the roster as I don't know that, yet.), while Bray isn't quite ready.
Hairston isn't quite ready, and thus McDonald's start.
I'm just happy as a lark that Gonzales is in the lineup on Opening Day. That was the biggest question mark during the off-season.