Originally Posted by BluegrassRedleg
Not at all. And, just to clarify, this is not an "OMG the sky is falling!" post.
Sorry, I wasn't trying to imply that it was. The "overreact" comment was just in general.
Completely agree with emphasis on pitching. It's the difference between what we were five years ago (and for the greater part of two lost decades) and what we are now. Great pitching gives you a chance every time you go out there.
I'm not advocating we gut the team's pitching and go back to Bowdenball. You have a rock-solid rotation with or without Chapman. That's not changing. But after watching what happened to them the last two trips to the playoffs and seeing a lot of the same tendencies pop up through the first 35 games this season, I can't see how the offense isn't a valid concern. (Note concern, not panic.)
They have a great commodity in Chapman. Could he bring better value to the club as part of a deal?
We have a rock solid rotation NOW....but we don't know how things will look moving forward. Homer, Bronson...Latos extention, etc. Chapman plays a big role in that. And moving him now out of the pen leaves us short there as well (although I don't consider that as big of an issue...we could back-fill).
Simply put, he's an elite arm that's signed for a VERY reasonable price...that's a commodity that we can't let go of unless we absolutely have to.
And as for the offense being a concern....people can twist the numbers however they want, the bottom line is we've scored a bunch of runs compared to the rest of the league. When they come, how they come, who produces them....I don't care as long as they DO come. Yes, we've had some high scoring games. We've also had some low scoring games. I prefer to split the difference and assume we're somewhere in the middle. So I'll stick with the average runs scored. Offense is fine, simply slumping some.