Re: Am l the only person who thinks moving Chapman to the rotation is a very risky mo
Originally Posted by scott91575
So you already have him penciled in for the DL?
The bullpen can be just as if not more stressful on a players arm than starting. Starters have regular schedules with highly restrictive pitch counts. Relievers are up and down warming up all the time, come into multiple games in a row, etc. Bullpen innings are not equal to starter innings.
Guys don't end up being relievers because they can't pitch 200 innings. They go their because their stuff does not translate well to starting.
In all honesty, that would be the better discussion. Chapman's change up was not good last year, and if he hasn't developed it in the offseason then he may not be good at starting. Even then, I want to see it before sending him to the bullpen for the rest of his career.
I think the lack of a third pitch and his intermittent command problems would be the bigger issues compared to him going to the dl so I agree with you.
I just think Chapman is dominant as a closer and the bullpen was the strength of the club last year so why mess with it?
I was in the ORG once, best 6 months of my life.