Re: ESPN Power Rankings: Nationals, Reds 1-2
Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
No, but what he's doing does make some sense.
Despite Chapman's dominance, the fact is, he blew almost the same amount of saves as Cordero (who was anything but dominant) two year ago.
That tells you pretty much all you need to know about closers and value-- if used as both Cordero and Chapman (mostly) were.
Broxton can likely close at that same level in 2012, thereby saving Chapman's dominance for another role-- that of fifth starter.
If you're the opposing team, you feel more comfortable about coming back against Broxton or Cordero than you did Chapman. Last year when the Cards were down in the 9th, I was at the point of turning off the TV because it was over. Now, I'll watch with anticipation against a guy (Broxton) who've the Cardinals have had decent success off of. I would think that mentality goes for a lot of teams. Rather than facing a guy who is nearly unhittable, they are now more comfortable being down in the 9th against Broxton.
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