Re: Reds Need to let Chapman Close Games NOW
Originally Posted by knoonan991
Why does it matter? Closers and setup men each pitch an inning in relief. Runs that score in the 9th don't count any more than runs in the 8th. I think the role of a closer has become overblown with the save stat.
Chapman's real value is a starter where he'll be pitching more innings at a time. If Walt/Dusty plan on using him as a closer (which I really hope isn't the case), pitching in the 9th vs. the 8th this year won't really affect his preparation for next year.