Originally Posted by Plus Plus
Here's really what the question has become, at least to me:
What's the break point for Chapman to stay in the rotation?
Obviously, if he's kicking down the door and looking like what everyone posting here (except Mike Thierry :P) wants him to look like, then he stays. Obviously, if he can't get through the lineup more than once, he goes back to the bullpen. But what if he is sitting with something like a 3.80-4.10 ERA and looks relatively average-ish? He would be a small upgrade over Leake or Corcino or Cingrani at that point, or he could move to the bullpen and be the Chapman of old.
What's the break point for Chapman?
I would hope in that scenario they invest on the possibility of future improvement. It's not like the guy is going to necessarily be gangbusters the first season he starts. But if he's sitting between 3.80 and 4.10, I think you've got to leave him in there. He's succeeded, and he might get even better.