Cincinnati Reds: Top 5 left-handed starting pitchers of all-time

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – APRIL 27: General view of a ball on the mound before the game between the Minnesota Twins and the Cincinnati Reds at Target Field on April 27, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Having a left-handed starting pitcher can be a real advantage. Through the years, the Cincinnati Reds have had some of the best southpaw starters in the game.

When it comes to starting pitchers, a left-hander almost always has an advantage. Over the years, the Cincinnati Reds have had some of the most skilled lefties in the game. While left-handers out of the bullpen help provide the manager with an edge against a lefty at the plate, having a southpaw on the mound to start the game can give a team the upper hand for six-plus innings.

For years, the game of baseball has favored left-handers. Most ballparks have a shorter porch toward right field, making it easier for lefties to hit home runs. Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn are proof of that. A left-handed hitter also has more time to pick up the ball coming out of a right-handed throwing pitcher, that extra split-second can mean the difference between a hit and a strike.

There’s also the mere fact of being closer to the first base bag after making contact. When a lefty is able to make contact with the ball, his momentum is already carrying him towards first base. For these reasons and others, having a left-handed pitcher to oppose the ever dangerous left-handed hitter can help to neutralize the matchup.

While we often think of some of the best starting pitchers in the history of the Cincinnati Reds as right-handers, the club has employed it’s fair share of dominant left-handed starters. Mario Soto, Johnny Cueto, Tom Seaver, and Jim Maloney may have all been right-handed pitchers, but some of the best to ever toe the rubber for the Reds threw it from the opposite side. Let’s take a look at the five best left-handed starting pitchers in Reds history.

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