Re: Chapman to bullpen not official.
If Chapman is moved to Closer then the Reds should really think about Kyle Lohse. Running Mike Leake out there ever 5 days is a very bad idea. I kept hearing how Chapman and Leake were neck and neck for the 5th starter job this spring then I looked at the stats.
Leake has a .421 BBA with a 1.92 WHIP, and yes you will here the chorus of people that claim spring training numbers mean nothing, but if that is true how can you ever have 2 players fight a for a single job during ST. Plus Leake's numbers have been never been good and are declining.
BTW Chapman's ST numbers .185 BBA with a 1.13 WHIP
back to Leake
2010 .666 Wpct
2011 .571 Wpct
2012 .471 Wpct
In 2012 he had a .287 BBA with a .805 OPS against
that .287 was the absolute worse in the NL for qualified pitchers last season (46th out of 46th)
his OPS against was ranked 45th out of 46th last season.
his WHIP was ranked 37th
I would rather see Sam LeCure every 5 days than Mike Leake, at least he can keep the ball in the park