Reds manager Dusty Baker sees no reason to exclude Chapman because he’s a reliever.
“It’s all part of pitching,” Baker said. “If he’s the best pitcher in the league, he deserves to win the Cy Young.”
...“I’ve got to put four times as much weight on what Johnny’s done versus any other reliever in the game,” said Bronson Arroyo, himself a starter. “He’s going to throw 215 innings. He’s probably going to win 20. He’s the one who sets the table for the guys.
“If you’re rowing six-eighths of the way to the island, I think he’s got to get most of the credit.”
...“With Aroldis, I think his inclusion in this debate is because of the hits-per-inning, the walks and strikeouts per innings, the ERA, save percentage,” pitching coach Bryan Price said. “Numbers are really off the charts – to strike out 16 guys per innings nine innings and to have the ERA and WHIP, to see the difference in walks this year. The numbers that he’s running seem to me to suggest that he needs to be in the conversation. I’ve typically been a guy who believed that starting pitchers should win the award.
“But what a guy does one inning or one-plus inning maybe three times a week is notable. I think with way he goes through hitters is so strong that you have to at least look at him.”
Posted: August 31, 2012 at 01:09 AM | 24 comment(s)
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