Originally Posted by Brutus
Why would there be outrage? He clearly said it would be starting in the bullpen with the intent of saving Chapman's innings so he could be stretched out through the end of the season.
I just wonder how are they going to do that. If they are going to do that he's surely not going to close unless they go to the old-fashioned closer who pitched 3 innings. That wouldn't be a bad idea but I don't see the Reds doing that. If they were to put him in long relief, I don't see him getting enough work to build up his innings unless Dusty puts Sparky to shame with a quick hook. If the Reds are down 3-0 in the 3rd inning, do they pull the starter and pitch Chapman for 3-4 innings? Dusty's MO is to give his starters every opportunity to get 5 innings in to get that win - even if the Reds are losing. I think we can all agree that Dusty is pretty set in his ways and doesn't change the way he uses his players very quickly.
The other alternative would be to send him down to AAA but I - and many others - would hate to see one of the best arms in baseball not on the Reds.