Re: With Chapman now officially back in the bullpen
Originally Posted by Trajinous
He throws so many fastballs BECAUSE he's a bullpen arm. It's like saying a football team passes too much during a 2 minute-drill. The situation dictates pitch choice, therefore Chapman sets up with a fastball and finishes with a slider.
Has everyone forgotten he was a starter growing up? It's not like this was a radical change, he just hasn't gotten the opportunity in MLB-level.
With Chapman the issue has always been command. Last season saw a huge, hopefully not random, improvement in his command.
If the Reds decide to keep Chapman in the pen, it was probably a referendum on how they currently view his command of the other stuff he has to throw as a starter (and might serve as an earlier predictor of whether we should expect his BB/9 to regress this season though we probably should anyway).
This isn't a trivial thing to brush off when lamenting a potential decision to not make him a starter right now.
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