During the current series against the Boston Red Sox, the Cincinnati Reds have faced their fair share of left-handed hitters. Triston Casas, Emmanuel Valdez, Masataka Yoshida, and Rafael Devers are just four of the eight left-handed batters Cincinnati's pitching staff has faced over the past two days.
The Reds, on the other hand, have very few left-handed bats (TJ Friedl, Jake Fraley, and Will Benson), but are loaded with right-handed hitters.
Unsurprisingly, that has resulted with David Bell loading up on right-handed hitters against left-handed pitching, and the results have been rather good.
The Reds lineup has absolutely destroyed left-handed pitching in 2023.
With over 500 at-bats against left-handed pitchers this season, the Cincinnati Reds are slashing .280/.344/.427. When the Reds face a left-handed starter, they are able to trot out a lineup with nine right-handed batters. Tuesday night at Fenway Park, Kevin Newman was at third base while Nick Senzel, Jose Barrero, and Stuart Fairchild lined up in the outfield.
There aren't many teams that can avoid a lefty-on-lefty matchup on a nightly basis. Not only can the Reds do that, but they can do so with players who are absolutely destroying left-handed pitching.
Nick Senzel is hitting nearly .300 points higher against left-handers than he is against right-handed hurlers and holds an on-base percentage of .500 against southpaws. It seems like Senzel is a lock to tally a hit or two whenever the Reds play a left-handed starter.
Kevin Newman is hitting well above .300 against the opposite-hand pitching and Luke Maile has made a living by crushing lefties. These two have seemingly secured a roster spot solely due to their success against left-handed pitching.
The Reds are likely to see multiple left-handed starters over the next few weeks, including potential matchups against Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers), as well as Steven Matz and Jordan Montgomery (St. Louis Cardinals).
The Cincinnati Reds have a winning record (17-12) when the opposition sends a left-handed starter to the mound. The Reds are 9-17 in their other 26 games.