2 things to like about Reds new pitcher Sam Moll & 1 thing that's very concerning

The Cincinnati Reds made a key acquisition on Monday night.

Oakland Athletics pitcher Sam Moll
Oakland Athletics pitcher Sam Moll / Dustin Bradford/GettyImages
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Reds newest addition Sam Moll has success against left-handed hitters.

This seems like a no-brainer, right? I mean, isn't that why you bring in a left-handed pitcher out of the bullpen? Theoretically, yes. But the Cincinnati Reds really haven't had the ability to do that in 2023.

While Alex Young has been leaned upon heavily as David Bell's lone left-handed option out of the bullpen, he hasn't really had tremendous success against left-handed batters. While his splits have been slightly better of late, Young hasn't seen a big difference when facing left-handed hitters versus right-handed hitters.

Against left-handed bats, Young has allowed the opposition to hit .235/.333/.346. Against right-handed hitters, Young is allowing a slash line of .231/.268/.397. The OPS-against is eerily similar, suggesting that Young's production against both left-handed and right-handed batters is about equal.

That's not the case with Sam Moll. The Reds newest reliever sees a massive difference when facing left-handed hitters versus right-handed hitters. Against left-handed bats, Moll has shutdown the opposition to the tune of .197/.254/.303, but right-handed bats have smacked him around by hitting .276/.474/.355.

David Bell is going to have to be a bit more strategic when deploying Sam Moll against the opposition. While Moll might be the better option if two of the next three hitters are left-handed, Bell should turn to Young if the next half-inning features just one potent bat from the left side.