Originally Posted by Salukifan2
Oh no. Chapman has definitely worked on his craft to become a lights out closer. But to suggest that all he has to do to be a successful major league starter is throw hard and hit the glove (which btw is so much easier said than done) is imo selling the position of SP a little short.
throw hard and hit the glove was standing out to me too. Like it's really that easy. MLB hitters lay in wait and prey on the mistake pitch. All a pitcher has to do is miss the target (location or velocity) by a little bit and they're all over it.
The more they see a guy (live and on video), the more in tune they get with patterns and tendencies and the more their confidence grows. Velocity means very little. Even MLB hitters late in the lineup can time a jumbo jet if they've seen it enough.
Not too mention what elite hitters can do. Remember Albert turning around that Chapman 102 mph fastball like it was BP when he got challenged?