Originally Posted by mth123
I'm not a big Mike Leake guy, but I think the downside of him as the 5th starter is a lot less bad than a failed Chapman. I could really see Chapman proving to be a guy who just can't successfully make it through a line-up more than once with any regularity and frequently needing to be pulled before the 5th inning. A guy like that tires the pen and starts to impact the rest of the rotation as they are left in too long to compensate. By August, the entire staff could be feeling the effects.
This just shouldn't be a risk if anyone is watching him. A pitcher who is a liability in the #5 spot is pretty easy to spot for anyone, let alone a top flight pitching coach like Price. The fact that he's on board with the project tells me there isn't nearly the downside you're speaking of. And if Chapman comes close to the worst case scenario, the pressure's gonna be immense to move him back to the pen. No way that lasts until August.