Originally Posted by Brutus
Good grief, this "Mike Leake is terrible" hyperbole has reached a new level of insane.
The guy has a career 3.87 xFIP and 4.23 ERA at 25 years old, just 485 innings into his professional career. Anyone thinks that is "terrible" doesn't pay much attention to fifth starters and clearly wasn't paying attention to the last decade of the Reds' organization.
If Leake had made his debut in 2001, he would've been worshiped as a future Maddux/potential ace. I agree, we've gotten a bit spoiled the last few years.
Leake is a great 5th starter, and that should factor into the decision making with Chapman.
Honestly, I'm not convinced Chapman starting would outperform Leake this year. IMO, Chapman starting is a long term project.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!