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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Reds verify plan to convert Chapman to a starter… and start talking innings limit.

I so enjoyed the Strasburg innings drama last year. With any luck, Chapman will bring more of the same!

charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: November 29, 2012 at 07:33 PM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: aroldis chapman, innings limit, reds

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   1. Yastrzemski in left. Posted: November 29, 2012 at 09:05 PM (#4312898)
Say it ain't so, Aroldis.
   2. PreservedFish Posted: November 29, 2012 at 09:12 PM (#4312906)
The Reds pitching coach is Bryan Price. I remember him being profiled in a Rob Neyer article announcing pitch counts as thing that would guarantee that Ryan Anderson would have a productive career. Or something like that.
   3. Dr. Vaux Posted: November 29, 2012 at 09:18 PM (#4312910)
I thought using him as a reliever for two years was the innings limit.
   4. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: November 29, 2012 at 09:38 PM (#4312933)
Gonna be awesome.

And annoying.
   5. STEAGLES is all out of bubblegum Posted: November 29, 2012 at 09:40 PM (#4312937)
i think he'll either win the cy young or blow his arm out or do something in between.
   6. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: November 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM (#4312958)
It'll be awesome when he's 16-3, 2.80 ERA and made to sit in Sept. for their run to the playoffs.

   7. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: November 29, 2012 at 10:21 PM (#4312974)

This is exciting. I hope he doesn't blow out his arm, and that if this doesn't work they can move him back to the bullpen and get the most value out of him. I was just thinking, with the news that Bryce Harper is apparently moving out of CF, that it's disappointing to see the Nats move him to a less demanding position - I would love to see whether he could hang on in CF where his ceiling is obviously higher. It's nice to see a team (finally) putting a player in a position to potentially maximize his value.
   8. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: November 29, 2012 at 10:21 PM (#4312975)
He really struggled at times with getting anything but his fastball over, but the Reds have to find out what they have.
   9. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: November 30, 2012 at 12:20 AM (#4313053)
I'd really hate to see a Strasburg redux. But I have little doubt that the Reds will be willing to at least use Chapman as a reliever in the stretch run or postseason even if he's surpassed his innings target.
   10. boteman digs the circuit clout Posted: November 30, 2012 at 02:09 AM (#4313102)
What if Mike Rizzo and Company™ have started the Next Big Thing and all the other teams now follow suit. Why, he could write a book!
   11. OsunaSakata Posted: November 30, 2012 at 08:32 AM (#4313151)
Not using your pitcher is the new Market Inefficiency.

Chapman is 25 (we think). He's not coming off Tommy John surgery. We don't know how much he pitched in Cuba.
   12. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: November 30, 2012 at 09:04 AM (#4313160)
Say it ain't so, Aroldis.

I just recently realized that his name isn't "Ar-do-lis". (Of course, I used to think Zoilo Versalles was pronounced "ZOH-lee-oh ver-SY"...)
   13. BDC Posted: November 30, 2012 at 09:13 AM (#4313166)
Not using your pitcher is the new Market Inefficiency

QFT. I mean, I'd hate to see any arm deliberately ruined, but he is paid to play baseball. He should play some baseball in exchange :)
   14. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: November 30, 2012 at 09:18 AM (#4313169)
As innings limits go, this sounds pretty loose. And in addition to all the other differences between Chapman and Strasburg, the defending NL Central Champion Reds are pretty clearly planning on a pennant race and post-season in 2013, so they're more likely to devise a plan that saves some innings for September and October.
   15. Suff Posted: November 30, 2012 at 01:18 PM (#4313406)
I just recently realized that his name isn't "Ar-do-lis". (Of course, I used to think Zoilo Versalles was pronounced "ZOH-lee-oh ver-SY"...)



I'd been reading Colin Kaepernick's name as Colin Kaerpatrick since he was in college. I guess that comes from having dropped ESPN and not having sports talk radio in my area since I moved.

(How do you pronounce Zoilo Versalles? ZOI-low ver-SAL-less?)
   16. DL from MN Posted: November 30, 2012 at 01:43 PM (#4313438)
ZOI-lo ver-SIGH
   17. Tim D Posted: November 30, 2012 at 01:46 PM (#4313441)
Anyone want to bet he WON'T be available for Dusty in the 9th inning of a Game 7?
   18. Everybody Loves Tyrus Raymond Posted: November 30, 2012 at 02:21 PM (#4313479)
And suddenly Dusty Baker is everyone's friend ...
   19. KJOK Posted: December 01, 2012 at 01:23 AM (#4313914)
I think it's pretty safe to say we won't see a repeat of the Washington situation here. Jocketty is getting close to retirement, and he's going to ensure he at least has Chapman as a reliever in the playoffs.

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