I think the Reds play so far has shown how important defense is to winning. Unfortunately it's because the Reds defense has been so bad.

What about the Reds putting their money where their mouth is and really putting a team on the field that is all about defense? These guys are hitting enough to justify their defense, so might as well go all in and put the best defensive team out their and take their chances that way.

This is what I propose:

Start Janish at SS
Move either Cabrera or Cairo
Call up Heisey
Platoon Heisey and Dickerson in LF
Move Gomes to the bench

The Reds would be in trouble for one game if two infielders got hurt, but I bet Hanigan could play 3B for a few innings if he had to (Javy did it). I'd rather deal with that than with this crappy defense from SS and LF on a day to day basis.

Lineup:

Stubbs
Heisey/Dickerson (both have speed, so Baker will bat them second)
Votto
Phillips
Rolen
Bruce
Hernandez/Hanigan
Janish

Bench:

Gomes
Nix
Heisey/Dickerson
Cabrera/Cairo
Hernadez/Hanigan

I think that's a better lineup than the Reds have now, a better bench, and a much better defense on the field.

This team does not compete with Gomes in LF and Cabrera at SS.