Originally Posted by Kc61
I don't see anyone getting "worked up."
But having six righties and one lefty in the bullpen doesn't make sense to me. They may get through with Arredondo facing lefties, but I'd prefer a second lefty reliever.
Last year many posters said we shouldn't get "worked up" because the Reds were the only team in baseball with only two lefty hitters among position players. But the stats against RHP were poor and clearly there was a need for more lefty hitters.
Same with pitching. There is, of course, a chance that Chapman will be in the bullpen early in the season. That would suffice IMO and then they could add another lefty when Chappy begins pitching in the rotation.
Lefty/righty balance is important whether it be hitting or pitching and I think Walt knows this and will address it one way or the other.
I'm not saying it wouldn't be nice to add another lefty to the bullpen mix. I'm just saying it's not a huge need. They already have one of the best lefty relievers in the game (Marshall) and a couple of other very talented southpaws who may (or may not) play big roles in the 2013 bullpen (Chapman, Cingrani). The Reds have quality in-house solutions if the free agent market doesn't work out for them.