Re: Reds leadoff spot OBP: .200
In my opinion, Hannigan, Phillips, and maybe Cozart (I'm projecting here due to the fact that I think he handles the bat ok and can probalby make better contact than many others on the current roster) are the only legitimate options to hit in front of Votto. So, you could put Phillips batting lead-off. I think Phillips would be better hittng 2nd, rather than 1st, but he's the best option for lead-off at this time. Hannigan I think would fit better hitting 2nd than 1st. The problem then is who hits 4th. Of course, I think that it would need to be Bruce - but I don't think Bruce is an ideal 4th hole hitter for this team either. Bruce is likely to offer even less protection to Votto than Phillips, due to the fact that Bruce is just not that tough of an out. He's certainly dangerous, but not especially tough to get out. I expect opposing pitchers would still often pitch around Votto. Nevertheless, with the roster as it now stands I have to think that Phillips hitting 1st and Bruce hitting 4th is best. The rest of the lineup appears to me to be a collection of good to decent 6-8 place hitters.