Lefty reliever needed? Maybe not
As I drove to and fro on Tuesday night, I had the rare opportunity to listen to the Reds Hot Stove show on WLW while in the car. One of the audience questions for Marty and Thom was whether the Reds needed to add a lefty reliever since Sean Marshall is the only one currently in the bullpen. As you know, the club is hoping LHP Aroldis Chapman can transition to the rotation.
GM Walt Jocketty also told reporters after the Jack Hannahan signing last week he might look for a lefty reliever.
During the radio show, special guest and Reds reliever Sam LeCure brought up a good point. Even with only Marshall, the bullpen has plenty of guys, right-handed guys, that did a good job of getting lefties out. In fact after a quick look at the stats, I found that all the right-handers did better against lefties than righties last season.
Here are some opposing batting averages for Reds relievers:
Arredondo: .277 vs. RH, .165 vs LH
LeCure: .232 vs. RH, .208 vs. LH
Hoover: .196 vs. RH, .120 vs. LH
Ondrusek: .285 vs. RH, .190 vs. LH
Simon: .283 vs. RH, .267 vs. LH
Masset (2011): .267 vs. RH, .284 vs. LH
There isn’t a wealth of left-handed relievers on the free agent market. According to MLBTraderumors.com, this is the complete list:
Daniel Schlereth **
If a lefty (aka LOOGY) can be had for cheap or even on a Minor League deal, cool. But matchups vs. lefty hitters aren’t an area the Reds have to feel shorthanded heading into next season.
**Update: The Orioles announced about an hour after this posting that they signed Schlereth to a Minor League contract.