Originally Posted by _Sir_Charles_
While this is true, I think we've also seen first hand with Leake in the past week or so that starting and relieving are not automatically interchangeable things. If you've got a guy in a groove throwing well...why screw with it? It's taken Dontrell several years to begin throwing the ball effectively again, now we're going to yo-yo him from Louisville to Cincy and from the rotation to the pen? I'd hope that Walt's smarter than that.
They're different pitchers. Leake is never going to be a bullpen pitcher, his stuff won't allow that. While Dontrelle doesn't have what he once han, I still think his stuff and his goofy delivery would allow him to be effective in small doses, especially against lefties.
I see where you are coming from though. Willis would still be my choice, just IMO, of course.
EDIT: Plus Willis is one of "my guys" so I have a bias for him lol.