Originally Posted by bigredmechanism
Coco was a blown save waiting to happen. Almost all of the time he would get out of his jams, but he would also get himself into those jams with great consistency. I don't remember all that many 1-2-3 innings out of him. To be fair to him, at the end of the day he did his job very well for us.
I've waffled on the Chapman question over time, but this article has me reconsidering again. Originally, everyone figured he would be a starter, and that late in the 2010 season was a David Price situation. Once they put him in at closer, and I saw what a devastating weapon he was there, I changed my mind. His slider can be nasty at times but is really inconsistent, and I've only seen him throw a real changeup a handful of times. (Might even have been sliders that didn't slide.)
I guess it's fair to say that the velocity he gets on his fastball worries me that he'll hurt himself, and limiting his innings would be good. Then again, he could also blossom into a lefty Verlander in an ideal scenario. I definitely look forward to his first big league start though. Seeing him for more than one inning at a time should be fun.
I think the slider is a real key. As a reliever facing 3 or 4 hitters, that big breaking slider gets guys to swing and miss as they chase it out of the zone. I just think that working through a line-up three times and guys getting multiple looks at him, those chasing swings and misses are going to come to an end. Guys are going to learn to lay-off until Chapman proves he can get that pitch over the plate. Add that he'll be working at a lower velocity to pace himself through 6 or 7 innings, and hitters will have more time to make up their mind. IMO, Chapman's success as a starter isn't as much about adding a third pitch, but keeping that second pitch isn't as automatic as folks are assuming. Chapman is going to have to get that slider over the plate. I think its a question.