Re: Trading "The Cuban Missile"
When Chapman mixes in his slider, when it has it's normal bite, and when he isn't at 94-95 but at 99-100+ I don't care if they have him figured out - they ain't hitting him. When he grooves a hundred mile an hour heater, or his slider doesn't break much, or he has been out there 5 days in 6 and he isn't sharp, or he is just not having his best stuff that night for whatever reason - it seems he doesn't have the mental toughness to fight through it. The one thing being a reliever has done is reinforce being a thrower. Chapman seems to live completely and purely on filthy stuff. Yet even the greatest pitchers in the game have nights when they just don't have it all and they pitch through it. Partly because he only has one inning and little time to adjust, and partly because I don't think he knows how to do it - Chapman doesn't fare well at all when he is a bit off.