I remember when I saw the movie Amistad, I was frustrated that Steven Spielberg didn’t use his cast effectively.
He gave several of the movies biggest and most emotional moments to Matthew McConaughey… and as I wrote before, McConaughey is good at SOME things, but he was out of his element delivering the big moments.
Meanwhile, Morgan Freeman was in the cast and given virtually nothing to do. Now I am going to go out on a limb and say that an actor of Morgan Freeman’s talents were better suited for dramatic speeches than Wooderson from Dazed and Confused.
Well there is a similar waste of talent going on in Cincinnati.
Francisco Cordero is awful. AWFUL and they have a fire baller in Aroldis Chapman just sitting in the bullpen.
The guy hasn’t let up a run yet and chances are any NL opponent won’t have much of a scouting report on him come playoff time.
Think K-Rod in 2002… think Adam Wainwright in 2006… think David Price shutting down the Red Sox inevitable comeback in 2008.
Each of those teams had a steady veteran who had more experience… and each of those managers went with the young kid and bang… each played in the World Series.
And two of them are Cy Young contenders this year. (OK, the other beat up an elderly man, but that’s not important.)
Seriously, it is the only merciful thing to do at this point.
Joba burst onto the scene in 2007 as the next dynamic pitcher in the Bronx.
And every single year since, people have been wringing their hands debating about whether he should start or relieve.
And now 3 seasons later… he’s been transformed into a potential #5 starter after having a rough post season as a reliever.
As I wrote when I compared him to Matthew McConaughey, his stats show he puts up great numbers as a reliever and mediocre numbers as a starter. If, after 2 and a half seasons, Joba was even decent in the rotation, he’d be at least a #4 starter at this point.
Instead we have more hand wringing.
Remember when people were saying Joba was an ace in the making? Remember when the “keep Joba in the rotation” crowd kept saying how the bullpen was wasting his talent?
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