"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
I've seen Chapman in person multiple times this season.
He has no business in the Reds pen or rotation this year. He needs to get his head in the game and work on his control. He's not young Billy Wagner wild, he's all over the place wild.
Championships for MY teams in my lifetime:
Cincinnati Reds - 75, 76, 90
Chicago Blackhawks - 10, 13
University of Kentucky - 78, 96, 98, 12
Cincinnati Bengals - None
Chicago Bulls - 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98
All Danny Dorn does is hit.
Suck it up cupcake.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge." -- Albert Einstein
A big night in relief for Blair Carson of Dayton. He went four shutout innings, giving up one hit to gain the win in relief of Jacob Johnson. Kevin Arico got the save. Mark Fleury tied it with a 3-run HR in the seventh. Henry Rodriguez doubled in Andrew Means to bring home the winner in the eighth.
Abel De Los Santos ran his record to 4-1 as the DSL Reds won, 4-3. His line was rather unusual: 5 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 3 K. He's a tad wild, obviously, but he's 18 and his ERA is 1.02.
Only Niekro was essentially a reliever, and that was not becuase they were breaking him in, they felt that was going to be his role.
It's a more recent development of breaking in starters as relievers, but in the old days the bullpen was geenrally reserved for pitchers who ranked below a teams best 4.
Christy Mathewson Age 19, 6 games, only 1 start.
Ed Walsh Age 23, 18 games, only 8 starts.
Lefty Grove Age 25, 45 games, 18 starts.
Herb Pennock Age 18, 17 games, only 2 starts.
Dazzy Vance Age 24, 9 games, 4 starts.
Ted Lyons Age 22, 9 games, only 1 start.
Bob Feller Age 17, 14 games, 8 starts.
Red Faber Age 25, 40 games, 19 starts.
Red Ruffing Age 19, 8 games, only 2 starts.
Stan Coveleski Age 22, 5 games, 2 starts.
Satchel Paige Age 41, 21 games, 7 starts.
Sandy Koufax Age 19, 12 games, 5 starts.
Lefty Gomez Age 21, 15 games, 6 starts.
Warren Spahn Age 21, 4 games, 2 starts.
Bob Lemon Age 25, 32 games, 5 starts.
Don Drysdale Age 19, 25 games, 12 starts.
Jim Palmer Age 19, 27 games, 6 starts.
Gaylord Perry Age 24, 31 games, 4 starts.
Ferguson Jenkins Age 22, 7 games, 0 starts.
Steve Carlton Age 20, 15 games, only 2 starts.
Jim Bunning Age 23/24, 30 games, 11 starts.
Phil Niekro Age 25-27, 79 games, only 1 start.
Nolan Ryan Age 19, 2 games, 1 start.
Johan Santana Age 21, 30 games, 5 starts. His next year at Age 22, 15 games and only 4 starts. In his 3rd season he only had 14 starts out of 27 games. In his 4th year only 18 starts out of 45 games.
Johan Santana is a very comparable player to Chapman. Wild beyond belief with an amazing fastball.
It took Minnesota 4 years to "tame" Santana in the Majors, moving him in and out of the Rotation.
That's not saying this is what the REDS have in mind, but a player can be developed just as well from the bullpen as he can from Starting if you think he's ready to face Major League Batters because of one or two pitches that he has already developed.
The bottom line is that this is a player who can help the REDS win this year if he's used in a relief role. He's never going to help them this year in a starter's role. Using him in relief this year isn't going to change his development in a starting role for next season. If anything, they get to work with him for an extra month or two while watching him in live situations, also against Major League batters (whom he's certainly not facing as a starter this season).