If this guy can be your Rivera, and you have 5 starters that you're happy with, why don't you just count your blessings that you have your closer,====================================
are you "Dumbo Dusty"?
wasn't that his line of thinking also?
Good call on this whole thread, they need to rethink this. Chapman has the potential to be one of the GREAT closers ever vs. a "?" as a SP. So he can't close out every win and Dusty might actually have to manage, that's overrated anyway. How often do we win 6 in a row? Chapman is a rock star as closer. You go where the need is, and that need for at least another year (Arroyo), is closer.
I think the FO has seen enough to seriously consider trying to extend AC, before he goes parabolic. Of course, you're rolling the dice long term on a pitcher, but so is he by NOT signing an offer. Worth a shot.
And hopefully DB learned his lesson in San Diego and Chapman doesn't play tonight, NO MATTER WHAT.
Chapman seems to be taking some heat off his slider lately. I wonder if he's trying to make that his offspeed pitch so he can ditch the change.
If that trend continues, I think it means he's staying in the pen.
Right, he hasn't used the change much. It isn't that good.
My point is that he has taken some speed off his slider, which used to come in at mid 90s. Now it's down in the 80s. A reliever can get by with two pitches and that slider will be effective as an offspeed pitch out of the pen. If he becomes a starter he'll need to throw the changeup a lot more. It's not a strong pitch.
So if the Reds see him as a future starter, he'll continue to work on the change as his offspeed pitch and keep the slider as a hammer.
If they see him as a closer, he'll have to have an effective offspeed pitch, which could be the slider.
I'm specutating that the drop in velocity of his slider is an indication that he has abandoned the change, which is an indication that he is staying in the pen.
I was all for making Chapman a starter, but we really need a closer.
And with Corsino, Cingrani, Lotzgar, and Sulbaran in AA, we have starters in the wings. They should all be ready about the time Arroyo's contract is up. I won't be shocked if we see Corsino next year, or even in Sept.
Imagine having the depth that you can afford to trade one of the guys we have starting now.
I think we all know Chapman is now our closer and that is that. He will not be a starter now or anytime in the near future unless we have a major shakeup of the rotation.
I have no problem with him in the pen. Let's face it, a guy with his ability can not only close but he brings fear to the table with him and i see a whole bunch of shell-shocked hitters standing in the batters box looking like a deer in headlights when he comes in.
Can you say dominant? hitters are intimidated by Chapman.