Re: Reds at Astros (5/11/11)
Leake. He should be starting. Here or in Louisville, but starting. Reds44 and Cedric, we get it...you think he's absolute garbage and should be shot and put out of our misery. Drop it already. The piling on gets old. Regardless, he's not suited to be in the bullpen. We've got MUCH better options for the pen. Here AND in Louisville. Personally, I think he needs Louisville for his long term development (but he's certainly been better than SOME of our other starters here).
Heisey. His numbers seem to show that he should be starting. But as eddabbs has shown repeatedly, for some reason he has REALLY struggled badly as a starter. But are his struggles better than what we're seeing from Gomes? Probably, but I think Chris is more valuable as a reserve. Taking Chris out of his more productive slot isn't solving the problem. Finding a replacement for Gomes and Chris's starting status don't have to be related. Find ANOTHER replacement for Gomes that doesn't hurt the bench.
Volquez. He needs to be out of the rotation. Period. He's got an option left...use it. Let him figure out his mechanics and his control someplace that is a more controlled environment and where it's not hurting the big club. This needs to be done immediately IMO. If nothing else, it allows a different pitching coach a chance to see and work with him. Maybe a fresh set of eyes can find a problem?
Chapman. He needs to be optioned to Louisville as well. His control is horrendous. I know it's not going to happen...but seriously, the only way he's going to regain his control is to pitch. Well, that's not happening here. He'll sit for 3 or 4 games in a row and then be expected to be sharp. Whether they want him to start or relieve, he needs regular work. Right now, that's not in Cincy. Besides, the bigs are not the place to figure out your stuff. Especially for young players who've never shown long-term success before. Moving him to L'ville is NOT going to hurt him. In the long run it'll be more beneficial to the club.
Arredondo. Most everyone is clamoring for him to be called up immediately. How are people going to react if he comes up and struggles? I think he should come up too, but I think people's expectations are way too high for him right now. But for now, I think he should take Chapman's slot.
The Rotation. If we do what I'd prefer (sending Leake AND Volquez to the minors) it leaves a vacancy in the rotation. LeCure has shown he can be decent there. He's also shown he can be effective as the long man. I think I'd prefer to take a shot here while we have the opportunity to do so and bring up Dontrell Willis. It would require that we DFA Hererra, but with all the arms we've got...I no longer see much available space for Danny. If it turns out that Willis can be successful, great. It gives us more time to groom Leake and Volquez. It would also let us know if we've got a legitimate trading chip available with one of our starters.
Gomes. I've waited and waited, but it's gotten well past time that he needs to sit for an extended period. We've got guys who can fill in. I don't think Hi-C's the guy though. I'd give Lewis an extended look or bring up Sappelt (once healthy) or Dorn. I know many don't care for Dorn, but if you take the time to look at his stats against RH pitching, that opinion may change some. He's certainly at the age where it's fish or cut bait time. I think it's time to see what the kid can do. But if Sappelt's healthy...I'd lean towards him.
LOL. Much longer than I'd planned...but at least now I'll shut up for a while. *grin*
Last edited by _Sir_Charles_; 05-11-2011 at 06:13 PM.