Originally Posted by TSJ55
As a closer, he's got one job. Throw hard and get the last 3 outs as quickly as possible. Don't worry about pacing yourself. Pump gas unless Hanny tells you otherwise. "Don't think Meat. You can only hurt the ballclub" Just like a sprinter goes from blocks to tape as quickly as possible. Straight ahead, singularly focused.
A starter/decathlete has to be more well rounded and disciplined. He can't just be good at one thing. He's got to study and train A TON. He has to be able to keep his wits and know that one event/inning is not the end-all-be-all of the contest and that you can lose the battle but still win the war.
Are you aware that...
* Chapman was not only a starter in Louisville, but in Cuba?
* The majority of his baseball career has been as a starter?
* Chapman throws more than a fastball?
* That relievers can lose the battle and the war with one pitch? Gotta think that takes a bit of mental toughness.