I can totally see the appeal of closing. The crowd anticipating your appearance and then going crazy when you come into the game. And when you strike out the side after a big win you're right in the center of the diamond. Even if you aren't the biggest reason the team won, you're the center of attention. Every time you come into the game it's a clutch moment and you're never playing a boring inning. Also he won't always be blowing up the speedometer as a closer. He's a competitor that likes throwing hard and blowing guys at the plate. He wants to pitch the same way he drives: with his foot on the gas. I'd tell him to give the rotation a shot for one month. Then if he doesn't like it, then he can go back to closing. Even if he gives up no runs for a month, it's his choice...until it's playoff time. Start stretching him out in August and he'll be our third arm. Best of both worlds.
Meh. I'm fine with the plan.
I do think as a Closer he limits the opponent to 8 innings to score. And the opponent knows it so they might press harder the other 8 innings knowing he's coming out in the 9th if they're behind.
But might as well find out if he's Randy Johnson now than later. I don't think he is.
I've never understood the money comments that paying him $30M (over 6 years or something like that) merits that he should be a starter. Why? Broxton is making $7M per year approximately. Cordero was making $12M per year. Chapman isn't making $30M per year. He's making like $4M or $5M per season.
"I can't take this homerism anymore." - 10xWSChamps, August 11, 2010. A Cardinals fan having a problem with all the homerism on Redszone. Classic.
"Man do I miss the days where were didn't need a calculator and an encyclopedia of baseball metrics to enjoy a baseball game ... - MikeS21" - 8/2/12 game thread
You real estate guys know the three most important rules for how to use your best pitcher.
Rotation, Rotation, Rotation.
"I never argue with people who say baseball is boring, because baseball is boring. And then, suddenly, it isn't. And that's what makes it great." - Joe Posnanski
Why wasn't "Use him as a LOOGY" any option?
24 Years and Counting...
I vote closer and will vote closer in every poll that pops up.
This team has a legit shot at winning a World Series this year and a big part of that shot is how dominant the back end of the bullpen is. This is not the year to rob from that huge strength for experimental purposes. This is the year to build the strongest team possible and have a parade downtown in October.
The most direct way to accomplish this (when it comes to Chapman) is leaving him alone in the 9th inning. Not battling innings and potential mediocrity in the rotation.
"Strickland Propane... Taste the meat, not the heat." - Hank Hill
Throw him out there to start 30+ times a year and he'll be on top of this All-time leaderboard in 4 years or less:
Tim Lincecum (101 of 139, 72.7%)
Tom Seaver (454 of 647, 70.2%)
Adam Wainwright (83 of 119, 69.7%)
Mel Stottlemyre (247 of 356, 69.4%)
Roy Oswalt (216 of 316, 68.4%)
Josh Johnson (77 of 113, 68.1%)
Bob Gibson (328 of 482, 68%)
Roy Halladay (226 of 338, 66.9%)
Félix Hernández (127 of 190, 66.8%)
Randy Johnson (403 of 603, 66.8%)
Guess What leaderboard that is?
Attended 1976 World Series in my Mother's Womb. Attended 1990 World Series Game 2 as a 13 year old. Want to take my son to a a World Series Game in Cincinnati in my lifetime.
Found it odd that out of 162 votes over 70% have been cast in favor of Chapman being a starter. Meanwhile, on another Red's blog only 23% out of 317 voters have Chapman in the rotation.
Heads of state that ride and wrangle. That look at your face from more than one angle. Can cut you from their bloated budgets. Like sharpened knives through Chicken McNuggets.
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If you polled the banana phone callers the results would be reversed.