Originally Posted by George Foster
i'm of the opinion that you bring in your closer, your "shut down" pitcher at the most crucial part of the game.
With that being said, it's hard to get him warmed up in time. You don't know ahead of time Cueto was going to get in trouble. We had our middle inning guy warming up just in case. You don't wear out Chapman's arm in warming up to "maybe" come in.
Chapman has his hands full pitching all the ninth innings. This team doesn't score huge numbers, often those ninths are close.
If the Reds don't have other guys who can handle the other leverage situations they need better relievers.