jpeters6 wrote:I was wondering the same thing myself. IF we assume its bruce in CF then i really think you have to take a look at one of phillips, gonzo or edwin. None are the ideal candidate but nobody else seems really suited for that kind of role. I think I'd roll Gonzo out there just because i think edwin and phillips can do more damage lower in the order. My odds on bet is for hopper to be the opening day CF, with bruce coming up at the first injury. With Hopper i think we might line up something like this:
A long way to go but i think that looks decent. Hatteberg, gonzo or votto could flip up to the two hole and you could drop the dunn-phillips-griffey unit, and could probably flip dunn and griffey but that kind of thing will probably be pretty fluid early on.
I don't see how Hopper makes the opening day lineup over Jay Bruce who the Reds clearly need to get into their lineup soon. Although, I don't see Bruce leading off, maybe the Reds could use him in the same sort of roll the Royals use David Dejesus if they did use him as the lead off guy. A lead off guy who can get on base is sometimes more important than a lead off guy that can steal bases. Not every team can have a Jose Reyes, sometimes you have to deal with what you've got. Also, what are the chances of Freel playing third and leading off? I know he can and has in the past, I just haven't heard much of what the Reds plan on doing with Freel this season should Jay Bruce be in the lineup.