Re: Pick your pen
I have absolutely no clue how this is going to go down. The Reds really haven't tipped their hand.
In April you really only need 4 starters with all the days off. Do they still keep both Chapman and Leake on the mlb roster as relievers? That's the big question. Does Chapman start out the season closing or does he go to Louisville and maybe work on starting but have limited innings, such as 2 or 3 innings? Does Leake do the same or become a long man? If only 4 starters are needed in April, do they still go with 12 pitchers?
I wish they would stick Hoover at Louisville and let him start. He spent more time in the Braves minor league system starting with pretty good results. If he put up great numbers he could be excellent trade bait. And if the mlb bullpen falters, we already know Hoover can relieve.
Here's what I'd like to see in April:
Louisville - starters:
Reds - starters (April):
Reds - bullpen (April):
If Reds starters have another season like last year in terms of health, it will be miraculous. Leake stays in Louisville and is first up if a starter gets injured.
Chapman comes up in May and someone else gets sent down, released, or traded.
And we don't know if Masset will even be effective/healthy. If he isn't, then it simplifies everything slightly. Leake takes his place as a long man at the end of the 'pen. But I'm still not sure he wouldn't be better off getting starter reps in Louisville.
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