Re: Brandon Phillips back batting first
I think we can all agree the Reds aren't playing meaningful games right now, so this isn't a time where I'm going to sweat lineup optimization. Just like the important thing is to get Alonso some at-bats even if it means suffering some bad defense, we should get Sappelt some at-bats and not sweat where in the lineup they're coming.
Long term, Sappelt is better suited to lead off than Phillips, but the guy is struggling in his initial exposure to the show. It's not going to hurt him right now to take a deep breath and watch some other guy take the game's first swings.
Also agree fully that our lineup has too many right-handed 6/7 types. It won't hurt if we can reconfigure it a bit over the winter.
Not all who wander are lost