Originally Posted by 757690
Everything you said about LeCure is true, and everything you said projects LeCure to be at least a league average 5th starter, if he were to start the whole season.
The Yankees just signed Kevin Millwood, the Dodgers' fifth starter is Tim Redding, the Padres' right now is either Dustin Mosely or Aaron Harang. These are not the Pirates and the Royals.
Trouble is, the Reds currently have two 5th Starters in their rotation: Leake and LeCure.
If Leake can revert to pre-ASB Mike Leake, where he was missing bats and inducing poor contact, then it ceases being a problem. Unfortunately, no one has seen that version of Mike Leake since June of 2010 (certainly hasn't been around this year in spring training).
As for LeCure projecting to be as good as Silva, Silva is a career 4.68 guy who has pitched better than that number in each of his seasons in the NL. I'd be outright shocked if LeCure could post that number over the course of even a half season of starts.