Originally Posted by Salukifan2
For real? You are saying that al chapman has to do is go out there and throw wicked sliders. You cant just whip out 30 or more wicked sliders as a starter. You continue to describe the demeanor and pitching style of a reliever, not a starter.
If thats all it takes then why doesnt dontrelle willis still have a job? If he comes out and just "throws" as a starter, not only will he get rocked but his elbow will probably implode.
These numbers would tell me otherwise. From 2002-2009 Randy Johnson averaged 38.6 sliders per 100 pitches. In fact in 2004 he nearly threw as many sliders as fastballs. This is an example that you can whip out 30 or more sliders as a starter.
I mentioned Aroldis has a high 90's fastball, and wicked slider, and a change-up that nobody really knows how good it is. Take a combination of those three pitches, if you can hit the catcher's glove where it is located, you do not need a deep mental capacity of the game to be successful. Quality of pitches and location will be enough.
Dontrelle Willis does not have a job because he threw high 80's with a solid slider and a lack of accuracy. There is a big difference between high 90's, a better slider, and hitting the glove.
What would cause his elbow to implode by "throwing" instead of "pitching"? The physical processes are equivalent, there is just a difference in the mental strategy behind the two.