Chapman to Make First Spring Start Today


Reds pitcher Aroldid Chapman makes his spring debut today. The 25-year-old left hander will get the start against the Colorado Rockies as he begins the transition from closer to starter this season.

The Reds had hoped to break Chapman in as a starter last season. In fact, the Cuban flame thrower dazzled and outperformed all other Reds
starters last spring. But injuries to relievers Ryan Madson and Nick Masset forced Cincinnati to put Chapman back in the bullpen for another season, where he shined as a near unhittable closer.

Some would argue against moving a player who was so dominant in the closing role to the starting rotation. But the logic behind the move is simple. If Chapman is one of your best arms, it only makes sense that you roll him out on the mound for as many innings as possible. If, as a starter this season, he is anything near what he was as a closer in 2012, the Reds will be one of the favorites to win the 2013 World Series.

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About Matthew George

Matthew George graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2008 with a bachelor of science in journalism. He spent three years writing sports for the Kentucky Kernel, the university's daily paper, and served as assistant sports editor. After undergrad, Matthew attended Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University where he earned his juris doctorate. He is now admitted to practice law in Kentucky and Indiana.

2 thoughts on “Chapman to Make First Spring Start Today

  1. When you have a five man rotation as successful the Reds’ did last year, I believe he should stay in the bullpen. The Reds were the only MLB team to have had the same five man rotation last season. I understand your thought process. But,respectfully, I disagree with you Mr. Blogger.

    • The Reds downfall in the postseason was because of their starting pitching. Cueto’s injury, and the lack of a viable game 4 starter (Mike Leake struggled all season), cost them.

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