Originally Posted by reds44
You can do alot worse then Matt Belisle in your starting rotation, and the Reds have.
Games Started by Reds pitchers last year:
1. Harang (34)
1. Arroyo (34)
3. Belisle (30)
4. Livingston (10)
5. Bailey (9)
6. Dumatrait (6)
6. Milton (6)
6. Shearn (6)
9. Ramirez (3)
9. Saarloos (3)
34 starts last season came from Livingston, Dumatrait, Milton, Shearn, Ramirez, and Saarloos, all of which are much worse options then Belisle.
In a league, and even more so a city, starved for starting pitching it is no time to give up on a 27 year old who threw 177 innings for for with a 125 Ks and 43 BB.
He's not my canidate to have a breakout year, but he's not a bad guy to have around as a back of the rotation starter.
Nice post. It puts things in perspective. What Belisle did last year, and it shouldn't be underestimated, is take the ball 30 times and head out to the mound to start a major league game. That's a serious hurdle to clear, physically and mentally. Now he knows the grind associated with this job, how good the hitters are, the kind of consistency it takes to succeed.
We'll see how he responds, but he's in a real interesting place.