Re: Chapman story on ESPN - MLB front page...
"It's going to be fascinating to watch," said an AL talent evaluator, "but I think they're absolutely crazy doing what they're doing. They just won 97 games, and I don't think you mess with that. How many innings are you going to get out of him this year -- 130 or 140? They need to close out the games they're supposed to win, and it was damn near automatic when he came in the game. I would never even think about it, let alone try it."
We won 97 games, so complacency is our best bet now? The whole sentiment that Chapman should be limited to filling roster holes was ridiculous in the first place IMO and I'm glad to see we're maybe getting past that. The entire Orioles bullpen could blow out a shoulder in the bath tub tomorrow and no one would be calling for Dylan Bundy to close. I'll never understand why that decision was made so flippantly with Chapman.