Senzel is starting in center field and leading off Wednesday in Game 1 against the Braves. Senzel hit .074 in 30 plate appearances against lefties this season, but he only struck out four times over that tiny sample, so the Reds are showing confidence in their young outfielder by starting him against southpaw Max Fried. "We're going with our best lineup, everything that's happened in the past is behind us," Bell told C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic. "We knew Nick had a tough challenge this season, since then he's gotten more at-bats."
Senzel isn't starting Saturday against the Twins. Senzel started two of the past three games, but he'll get a day off after the Reds clinched a playoff berth Friday. Brian Goodwin will start in center field Saturday.
Senzel is starting in center field and batting seventh Friday against the Tigers, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports. The 25-year-old had been fading into a reserve role but is now starting for the second time in the past three games. Brian Goodwin appeared to take over the primary job in center field, but he's been on the bench for the past three games, two of which were against right-handed starters. Senzel has struggled since coming off the injured list Sept. 14, going 1-for-18 with three strikeouts.
Senzel remains out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Brewers. On the bench for the third time in four games, Senzel doesn't look like he'll be in store for regular starts as the Reds aim to secure a playoff berth during the final week of the regular season. The 25-year-old has yet to get going in a 2020 season full of stops and starts, as he enters Monday's contest with a meager .211/.281/.421 slash line. Expect manager David Bell to roll with Brian Goodwin, Shogo Akiyama and Nick Castellanos as his primary outfielders the rest of the way.
Senzel is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox. Senzel had a double in Saturday's game, his first hit since coming off the injured list Monday (1-for-10). It's probably best to view Brian Goodwin as the Reds' primary center fielder, at least until Senzel is closer to full speed following his month-long absence.