Re: I told you guys Owings wasn't worthy of our 5th spot
As a general rule, it is hard to identify sarcasm in text. (That is not sarcasm)
Owings is just fine as a 5th starter. He is young, cheap, and has a track record of being a successful (although not dominating) MLB level starter during both his years in Arizona (his injured starts withheld) and Cincinnati. In fact, I would argue that he is as good of a 5th starter that the Reds have had in the last ten years or more.
As fun as it is to play the "what if?" game, the fact of the matter is this:
Maloney is not starting in MLB yet (regularly) because he is not yet a MLB quality starter.
Bailey is not starting in MLB yet (regularly) because he is not yet a MLB quality starter.
Pitcher X in the Reds' farm system is not starting in MLB yet (regularly) because he is not yet a MLB quality starter.
Projections are great, but they are far from being a be-all-end-all with regards to how players perform. I think a lot of people take for granted the skill set required to be an average MLB starter. This is a very hard game and you can't just plug in toolsey player after toolsey player, or successful minor leaguer after successful minor leaguer without looking at much more. If you do, you become Jim Bowden.
Originally Posted by westofyou
Thus his team was punished
Long live punishment