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

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 4: Fans walk in the rain past the statue of former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Joe Nuxhall on their way to the game against the San Francisco Giants at Great American Ball Park on July 4, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 4: Fans walk in the rain past the statue of former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Joe Nuxhall on their way to the game against the San Francisco Giants at Great American Ball Park on July 4, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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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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