Re: Please tell me the Reds aren't keeping Aroldis at closer...
Originally Posted by corkedbat
If they want to try Chapman inthe rotation, but I'm not so sure you should be penciling him in as the next Justin Verlander just yet.
1) Will he be as dominant with his fastball as a starter at 94-95MPH as opposed to 99+ as a closer?
2) Will he be able to work his offspeed stuff in effectively enough as a starter?
3) Will the command issues he saw as a starter in the minors be ironed out as easily when his innings lengthen out as many here seem to think?
4) Are the Reds gonna want to "Strassberg" him in August when he reaches 150-160 ip in the middle of a pennant drive? Or will they keep pitching him, knowing he had fatigue issues this year pitching reliever's innings?
Is anybody penciling him in as the next Verlander? It's a long ways from the "give it an honest go" to the "sure thing #1" camp. I think most people who want him to start share your same concerns. But I do know that the chance of him becoming the next Verlander if he's in the pen are a solid 0.0%
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.