Re: Chapman story on ESPN - MLB front page...
Originally Posted by WebScorpion
Thanks! Nice article. They did a pretty good job of presenting all sides of the story. I, personally, like the move, but I think many fans are going to be disappointed by his performance this season. I'm not sure the average fan realizes that major league hitters will learn to time even his fastball after seeing it 2 or 3 times. I also hope he doesn't have any of his little control issues...there is nothing more heart wrenching than watching a guy (on your favorite team) who cannot find the strike zone throw pitch after pitch and walk 2 or 3 batters. Well, hopefully they'll pitch him as the #5 starter and give him a few extra days off here and there. I'm pretty sure he and Mike Leake are the best #5 and #6 pitchers in baseball...what a luxury!
There is a real possibilty that Chapman could pitch basically the same way and control issues show up in his numbers if guys learn not to chase by seeing him multiple times each game.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS