Originally Posted by HDBoy
Please re-read the thread title. Leake has a recurring habit of giving up early runs and forcing his team to play come-from-behind ball. The thread is not about one start. It's about his career performance -- the latest start was just another example of the problem with a starter who's not quite ready to play on a team seeking a World Series championship, especially when we have a better option in Chapman
There it is.
It's not Mike Leake's fault the Reds choose not to use Chapman in the bullpen. It's time to let go of that dream. Regardless of how good Chapman might have been as a starter, it is not going to happen, and Mike Leake shouldn't be a whipping boy just because people are frustrated that Aroldis is in the bullpen.
People need to stop evaluating Leake versus what Aroldis Chapman might have done and start evaluating him versus what other fifth starters have actually done. Leake is better than the vast majority of fifth starters around the league, even those on playoff teams.