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    Re: Reds will look at bullpen for Chapman

    His effectiveness at ML level is still an open issue. He could be very, very good or bad. I do think an audition is warranted. My hunch is that the Reds will take a look at him during the next home stand, probably in the Florida games. I really don't think the Reds will be asking much more than heat. If he remains composed and pitches well, they will take him west. Otherwise, there are too many important games and other pitchers that are doing well to afford the luxury of a ML learning curve for Chapman at this juncture.

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    Re: Reds will look at bullpen for Chapman

    Quote Originally Posted by Mario-Rijo View Post
    Not sure it matters if they don't have to take it off their shoulder. I gotta say I think the Reds are making a mistake bringing him up at all this season.
    Just curious why you think his control is likely to get worse when he comes to the majors. 5.2 BB/9 is nothing to write home about, but it's gotten much better since he went to the pen. He's now at about 4.11 BB/9, 13.27 K/9, and 3.22 K/BB since becoming a reliever.

    *Source: http://www.minorleaguesplits.com/cgi....cgi?pl=547973

    In July and August combined, his FIP is 2.11.

    If he's not ready now, what would prove him to be ready to contribute?
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    Re: Reds will look at bullpen for Chapman

    Quote Originally Posted by Mario-Rijo View Post
    He will be if he can throw strikes otherwise he would become our worst.
    Reds have numerous relievers that struggle to throw strikes (Cordero, Massett, Bray)
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    Re: Reds will look at bullpen for Chapman

    Quote Originally Posted by RED VAN HOT View Post
    The Reds will have plenty of bullpen depth in September. The issue will be determining which players appear on the roster August 31. No doubt the Reds will want to take a look at Chapman, Springer, Isringhausen, and Burton before then. On the other hand, they need to get to September in good shape and the current bullpen is looking strong of late. Similarly, they must whittle the starters down to a favored five. August will be interesting.
    Isn't there some sort of trick that Jocketty did recently with 40 man and 60 day DL which might let us bring Chapman up even if he didn't make it onto roster by sept 1?

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    Re: Reds will look at bullpen for Chapman

    Quote Originally Posted by buckeyenut View Post
    Isn't there some sort of trick that Jocketty did recently with 40 man and 60 day DL which might let us bring Chapman up even if he didn't make it onto roster by sept 1?
    It was calling up Jose Arredondo and putting him on the DL. If you've got a player on the DL on August 31st you're allowed to replace that player with a healthy one on your playoff roster. That will allow the Reds an extra pitcher to choose from, since he has no chance of being active for the playoffs.

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    Re: Reds will look at bullpen for Chapman

    Cordero to the DL, Chapman up. Ideal.
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    Re: Reds will look at bullpen for Chapman

    Hoosier, the argument would likely be that part of his control is the result of guys chasing pitches, turning would be balls in to strikes. If major leaguers generally have better pitch recognition and discipline, those "control" issues, as measured by BB rate, could show up.
    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.


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