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    Does it matter that all five of your starters are right-handed?

    Was thinking about this the other day... does this really matter? How much does it matter to not have any lefties in your starting rotation?
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    Re: Does it matter that all five of your starters are right-handed?

    Quote Originally Posted by WilyMoROCKS View Post
    Was thinking about this the other day... does this really matter? How much does it matter to not have any lefties in your starting rotation?
    Hate to say it... matters if your team has a series against the REDS and you do not have a LH pitcher to face them.

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    Re: Does it matter that all five of your starters are right-handed?

    nope
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    Re: Does it matter that all five of your starters are right-handed?

    It matters not, just like having 2 or more lefties in a row in your lineup.
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    Re: Does it matter that all five of your starters are right-handed?

    better to have different looks. It messes up some hitters. Reds are a bit too similar, which helps some hitters.

    but, it's what we have

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    Re: Does it matter that all five of your starters are right-handed?

    Ideally you'd like to have a junk balling left hander in there like Maloney or Livingston but right now we don't have that. This is not ideal but it is what it is for now.

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    Re: Does it matter that all five of your starters are right-handed?

    I'd love to see some study which suggests the other starters actually benefit from the presence of the other handed starter, or somebody with a different repertoire.

    It passes the initial sniff test, but give me the 5 best starters in general. Sure, if I face a very lefty heavy team, I'd like to have a lefty, but just generically having one in the rotation for the sake of it seems like a stretch.
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    Re: Does it matter that all five of your starters are right-handed?

    Quote Originally Posted by RedsManRick View Post
    It passes the initial sniff test, but ...
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    Re: Does it matter that all five of your starters are right-handed?

    Quote Originally Posted by princeton View Post
    better to have different looks. It messes up some hitters. Reds are a bit too similar, which helps some hitters.

    but, it's what we have
    Yep, throw a Browning in between a couple of FB pitchers and it helps all of them, toss an Arroyo in there with his odd arm slots and the next day a up and in FB pitcher and watch them feed of the mindset they create in the lineup over those two days.

    Throw Josh Fogg in there the day after Arroyo and watch them feast.

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    Re: Does it matter that all five of your starters are right-handed?

    Quote Originally Posted by RedsManRick View Post
    It passes the initial sniff test, but give me the 5 best starters in general. Sure, if I face a very lefty heavy team, I'd like to have a lefty, but just generically having one in the rotation for the sake of it seems like a stretch.
    That's my general thought as well. Unless of course, your 5 best starters are really bad. In that case give me a least a junk balling righty, if not left hander, to break up the rest of the rotation. I agree that there's probably not much difference, but if your rotation is that bad- try anything!
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    Re: Does it matter that all five of your starters are right-handed?

    Diversity would be nice. I do believe it helps to keep the opposing teams off balance with platooning and batting order changes. It would be less of a problem if the bullpen could serve to balance out the starting rotation. This bullpen, at least the likely-to-be-effective part of it, is also decidedly righthanded.

    At least, however, 4/5ths of the starting rotation has talent, which is more than the Reds have been able to boast for a number of years. So, while maybe not ideal, it is not something that has me too worried.

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    Re: Does it matter that all five of your starters are right-handed?

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    Yep, throw a Browning in between a couple of FB pitchers and it helps all of them, toss an Arroyo in there with his odd arm slots and the next day a up and in FB pitcher and watch them feed of the mindset they create in the lineup over those two days.

    Throw Josh Fogg in there the day after Arroyo and watch them feast.
    So what you are saying is that Arroyo and Fogg will help this rotation IF they are not back to back...

    Just as much as a lefty would?
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    Re: Does it matter that all five of your starters are right-handed?

    Quote Originally Posted by paulrichjr View Post
    So what you are saying is that Arroyo and Fogg will help this rotation IF they are not back to back...

    Just as much as a lefty would?
    Fogg.. probably not, but an Arroyo after a flame thrower can be just as effective in messing up a batter as a LH.

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    Re: Does it matter that all five of your starters are right-handed?

    All righties and the opponent sets his lineup for the whole series but thats a minor point. Just go with the best 5 arms - why use a lefty just to have a lefty? Lefthanders give a different look to hitters, too which can be a bit of a help but as WoY pointed out a crafty RH like Arroyo can do the same thing mixed between a couple flamethrowers. I think puca's point that a couple good lefties in the pen can help a lot (force lineup changes in lefty heavy lineups, change hitters adjustments, etc) is valid. A healthy Bray could be huge and if Affeldt is going to help it will be from the pen, the only place he's ever been effective (thank goodness Dusty kyboshed the Jeremy as starter thing early). All in all, though, I'll take the 5 starters the Reds have, with Fogg/Belisle, Bailey and Maloney as depth. After the rotations of last decade who cares if they're a RH bunch? There's some talent there, and some depth - something that really worried me in January.

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    Re: Does it matter that all five of your starters are right-handed?

    I don't think it is that big of an difference. You sure don't want to pitch a lefty who isn't in the top 5 because you feel the need to have a lefty in your rotation. I think that the righty righty, lefty lefty matchups have been exagerated over the past few years. You play the best hitter no matter what and you pitch the best pitcher.


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