I think one of the interesting questions entering into this season is how Dusty Baker will set up the Reds batting order. I really don’t envy him this task, since I believe it will be difficult. Given our expected starting lineup, we really don’t have anyone who fits nicely into the top two positions and most of our best hitters are LH. Below is the best lineup possible as calculated by the Baseball Musings Lineup Analysis tool when fed the Baseball Prospectus Pecota projections for the upcoming season.

Best Reds Lineup

5.043 Runs Per Game

Name          OBA   SLG
Votto        .357  .494
Dunn         .388  .549
Griffey      .350  .480
Encarnacion  .356  .493
Bruce        .336  .512
Phillips     .325  .444
Gonzalez     .315  .424
Ross         .310  .448
Pitcher      .177  .188

That’s food for thought. Below is how I’d line them up.

My Reds Lineup

5.011 Runs Per Game

Name          OBA   SLG
Encarnacion  .356  .493
Votto        .357  .494
Dunn         .388  .549
Griffey      .350  .480
Bruce        .336  .512
Phillips     .325  .444
Ross         .310  .448
Gonzalez     .315  .424
Pitcher      .177  .188

It’s not going easy, we have some good hitters, they just don’t line up with the traditional roles for the positions in the batting order. So what do you think? How would you set the batting order given the eight players listed above?