Originally Posted by edabbs44
Not sure how we can believe this after watching Volquez in 2011.
I see what you're saying, but Volquez would have been even worse in a relief/closer's role this year. The bottom line is that if anyone pitches as bad as Volquez did this season for the Reds, they'll be bad whether they're a starter or reliever. Chapman needs to acquire more command -- he's probably always going to be wild to some extent -- but if he can get just a little bit sharper he's going to be a very-effective starter IMO. And as a starter spread out over several innings, he can afford a few walks/hit batters. He'll be missing so many bats that it will be tough to get many runs on him. He can't completely lose it like Volquez did at times this year, but I personally think he's going to be a very good MLB starter. Maybe not right away in 2012, but he can at least be a decent No. 4 or No. 5 starter for the Reds.
Ahhh, imagine the possibilities for the rotation if Walt trades for a top-of-rotation starter to go along with Cueto, Leake, Chapman and Arroyo. (To get a TOR starter in a trade, the Reds might have to include both Bailey and Volquez in the deal.)