Originally Posted by Mutaman
1. And what "evidence" is Kerri offering that heisey is "a pretty darn good replacement".
Here's what he's referring to:
Heisey = 1.4
Ludwick = 2.6
better, but not by so much as you might think when you factor in his whole game instead of just looking at his counting stats. Keri's point is that if Ludwick regresses to his career norms (a reasonable possibility), then he won't be that much better than Heisey in terms of overall value contributed to the team. I think it is a reasonable argument. Notice that Keri is not saying that Heisey is straight-up better
than Ludwick, he's just saying that the Opening Day injury is not quite the disaster
we might make it out to be. Any in case, hardly the absurd claim you are making it out to be.
2. "no one is saying that Chapman should pitch more innings"
That's exactly what he's saying.
"But giving Chapman a true fireman's role, where he could come in with the bases loaded in a tie game in the seventh inning, douse a rally, then pitch multiple innings at a time in the vein of peak Goose Gossage, could greatly enhance his value. "
I think Keri's argument has more to do with usage than with total innings. The idea would be to use Chapman in a more specialized, situational role to put out fires. It would obviously be up to Price and Dusty to make sure that this is done in a healthy way -- but I don't think it is unreasonable for a possible starter to log a few more innings during the season.