Originally Posted by mth123
At what point does "it doesn't work" become a reality. If he's given the chance people are screaming for, "it doesn't work" can't be determined until enough of the season has gone by where it really will make the team worse if he's really bad.
I understand what you're getting at, but like a few others have stated, I don't think the season hinges on Chapman. I'd also be shocked if he actually made the team worse. I mean, seriously, we're talking about one of the best arms in the history of baseball. Could he really make them worse as a starter?
I look at Chapman as a luxury that could make the difference between a World Series Championship and just making the playoffs. I think the Reds would win the division without Chapman on the team this year. I believe they're that good. I'm all about risk vs. reward and this scenario screams that the reward is far greater than the risk. My only hope is Dusty keeps his piehole shut when the first save opportunity is blown.
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