"Man, the pitch looks fast, even in slow motion." Thom Brennaman on Chapman's fastball.
Wow, 5 unanimous responses inside of two minutes. I think there is some pretty strong resistance to the idea that they didn't choke!
Although Broxton has postseason experience, his numbers during the postseason were not very good. Just throwing that out there.
However, the experience can't hurt, that's for sure.
And that's without even mentioning the lack of hitting.
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Off the top of my head:
have all pitched in the playoffs. I literally just named the entire staff other than Latos, Leake, Simon, and LeCure. Without looking up Marshall and Arredondo's number, I can say every Reds pitcher who pitched in the 2010 playoffs not named Volquez pitched well. Don't think expierence is an issue here.
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Walt may be concerned that Dusty is using Chapman so often to close games.
Not that I blame Dusty or that Walt blames Dusty. I didn't think Marshall handled the closer spot very well, and I see nobody else on this team (pre-trade) who I would use to close.
Brox does have 23 saves this year. His peripherals aren't that great, but he is an experienced closer. I expect him to have several closing opportunities on days when Chapman should rest.
If I were a GM, I would always want a back up closer (from among my set up men). Coco could have used one, he was so heavily used in certain stretches over the last four seasons.
Danny Graves/Scott Williamson in 1999.
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I can't find much fault in this move. I like the fact that Broxton has some good experience and I like the fact that this probably means less Ondrusek.
I don't like losing Joseph but there was no way he was going to play a large role in October anyway.
This is the time. The real Reds organization is back.
If you were the GM and you believed your reliever were being overused, wouldn't you step in and set up some rules.