Originally Posted by bird
Interesting thoughts from Jon Erardi regarding the leadoff spot and the closer role:
It's hard to disagree with him.
I'm certainly a proponent of moving Chapman into the lineup. The closer role is overrated, and Chapman is not making as much of a difference there as he would as a starter.
I'm also a proponent of making a centerfield leadoff hitter the Reds' top priority in the offseason. I'm not exactly alone in that regard.
It may be hard, but I'm going to disagree. Just because guys cover baseball doesn't mean they know everything about it. Erardi is missing one very big component of moving Chapman to the rotation. He's a power arm, he's young and what does that mean kids....
He's going to be on an innings count. I certainly hope you don't want to see us "Strasberg" Chapman next season, shutting him down in August during a pennant race??? Unless you are going to go with a 6 man rotation to keep his innings down, it's just a bad idea. Like last season, I'd like to have our best pitcher involved in 50-60 games next season rather than 30. Our rotation is good enough, we don't NEED him in the rotation. Yes, Lecure or Hoover could close..but why weaken yourself in that spot?? LeCure is good in his role, I'd be real worried if he's my closer. He's too hittable in that spot.
I actually envision Chapman being a Mariano Rivera type, he could be the Reds closer for the next 10 years if you use him right, and he'd be worth every penny you pay him.
Our leadoff spot will take care of itself, you can put 4-5 different people in that spot if you don't like Stubbs, but it will be fine. We won 97 games with horrendous production from the #1 and #2 spot, it CAN'T be worse.