Originally written on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 3/30/13
The Cincinnati Reds remind me of the 2007-2008 Philadelphia Phillies. A team that has been ready to win for a couple years; the only difference: they won a division title in 2010 in addition to their NL Central crown last season. Attention has shifted to teams such as Washington and Los Angeles, as well as the World Series Champion Giants and the Cardinals, who were in the NLCS for the second season in a row. Yet few consider the Reds as a team that can win the pennant. I am in the minority with the opinion that the Reds should have (and should still) use closer Aroldis Chapman as a starting pitcher. While many hate the idea of moving a proven closer to the starting rotation, I could have seen Chapman having a season similar to that of Chicago’s Chris Sale last year. Sale at age 22 in 2011, went 2-2, 2.79 in 58 games (0 starts), striking out 79 in 71 IP. Last year, Sale went 17-8, 3.05 in 30 games, 29 starts, striking out 192 in 192 IP. Of course, Chapman was much more dominant ...
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