Originally Posted by REDREAD
I believe it was an intentional drilling of the guy, and yes, there's never a good time to do that.
Why is there even a need to brush him back? The game was pretty much over. Even if McCutchson hits a HR, there's a lefty on deck that probably has no chance of getting a hit against Chapman.
If you are going to brush the guy back throw the ball at about hip level.
Pitchers do that all the time.. no need to throw near head level like Chapman did. I'm not sure what Chapman accomplished, other then making a fool out of himself and firing up the Pirates even more.
I am pretty sure the Pirates get Leake and Homer next.. not exactly the most steady hands on the Reds staff.. although both will be well rested, since their last outings were short..
I don't think I'm gonna get far in discussing this with you so I'll just step aside. You are only a "fool" in the eye of the beholder. I doubt a large percentage of people (especially neutral observers) would consider Chapman a "fool" after watching that inning of work, and even that one pitch in a vacuum.
You also argue he has pinpoint control (which I would disagree with on a pitch by pitch basis...he throws an ugly one every now and then), but are upset that he hit Andrew in the bicep because it is too close to the head.
I'm just not sure I get why you are so admanant that this was a horrible thing. But to each his own.