Barring a significant change of minds, the Reds are expected to announce today that Chappy will close. All together now:

Bad decision.

TML won’t be in Goodyear today. But a question I might have asked:

WHAT THE HECK WERE YOU DOING ALL OFFSEASON?

What happened to the plan?

Why did you spend $21 million on J. Broxton to pitch the 8th? You’re already spending big bucks on a setup guy, Marshall.

Is there something wrong w/Chappy? I’m not talking about shoulder fatigue from a couple years ago. If we shut down pitchers for shoulder fatigue or general pitching pains, most would never pitch. Has he not pitched well enough to justify the decision made last fall? Why not?

Does this indicate D Baker calls the big shots now?

He doesnt have a good 2nd pitch, or a viable changeup, Paul. Right. You mean to tell me that a guy with his ability, in his 3rd big league season, can not/has not learned to throw at least a decent slider? A passable change? I call BS on that. I watched his slider 2 years ago. You did, too. If the Reds didnt think he could master a 2nd pitch, why did they pay him in the first place? The original idea was for to be a top of the rotation guy.

I won’t go over, again, the multitude of reasons, obvious, obscure, statistical and common-sensical, that Chapman should be in the rotation. I’ll add this to the party:

Having him close is a bad financial deal, too.

He’s arb-eligible next winter. Two great closing seasons will cost The Club more money than one solid season as a starter;

If he closes, the Reds will need another starter after this year, assuming this is if for B. Arroyo, which is a safe assumption. If Chapman had been in the rotation and done even moderately well, they’d need a middle reliever. The cash difference between those 2 commodities is significant.