Game 53: at CLE

Reds lineup vs. Indians

Choo 8
Cozart 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Bruce 9
Frazier 5
Paul 7
Hanigan 2
Hannahan DH

Arroyo 1

*The Reds are 41-42 all time vs. the Indians heading into tonight. They have won 9 of the previous 12 series.

*This season vs. AL teams, Reds starters have a 2.43 ERA and five quality starts.


Why is Hannahan the DH (.229)? What about Lutz (.250 w/power/speed) or Robinson (.314 w/bunting/speed)? After all, Masterson has held left hand hitters to a paltry .231 batting average.

It provides the opportunity, rare, to give a key bench player a chance to swing the bat in back-to-back games. May not pay off in this particular game, but it likely will down the line.

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