Re: Jonah Keri ranks the Reds #1
Regarding Chapman as as ace reliever instead of "closer", it's a pretty simple concept. You use your relievers such that your best relievers pitch in the highest leverage situations. Using a guy as a "closer" was simply a lazier way to do that, taken to an extreme by basing those opportunities almost solely on the save statistic.
Tie game, top of the 7th, bases loaded, 1 out. Why NOT have Chapman as the first guy out of the pen in that game instead of hoping lesser relievers can keep the other team off the board?
What I don't understand is why pitching more than 1 inning is somehow harder on a pitcher than using him multiple days consecutively. It would seem to me that once a guy is warm, having him throwing 40 or 50 pitches and then giving him 2 days of rest would be easier on him than having him throw 15 pitches, 3 days in a row.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.