From the Enquirer:

For Reds manager Jerry Narron’s plan to split the left-handers in his lineup to work, the right-handers splitting them are going to have to hit.

That would be Brandon Phillips and Edwin Encarnacion.

Phillips is likely to hit third in Narron’s plan, Encarnacion fifth. Those are two very key spots in the lineup.

“I have confidence in them,” Narron said, “and they have confidence in themselves. I think they’ll both benefit from having left-handers hitting around them.”

The idea of Phillips in the #3 spot scares the hell out of me. I’m all for breaking up the LH hitters, if it can be done in some way without crippling the offense, but the #3 hole is for your best hitter. Phillips isn’t the Reds best hitter, he’s not the Reds 5th best hitter.

Hopefully this experiment will either be successful or ended very quickly.