Discussion in 'Arizona Diamondbacks' started by Ronin, Dec 11, 2018.
Better learn a third pitch.
I could have swore I heard Lovullo a couple of months ago asked in an interview who he thought should be the best choice for closer and he said Robbie Ray. Obviously, they need Ray in the rotation so Bradley makes the most sense since they won't be doing much spending this offseason.
I'm happy for Archie. He is now the leader of the team.
But as Brian posted, he better be perfecting a third pitch.
I love Archie's personality, which also seems to be a good fit for the closer role. Unfortunately, even though he brings the heat, far too many of his pitches come in flat and right over the heart of the plate, and wind up in the seats. He's gotta get more movement on the ball and develop a 3rd pitch. He'll be another Fernando Rodney in the closer role - great at times, an absolute disaster at (too many) others.
Prediction: this experiment will end by July and he'll then be tried in the rotation (again).
I hope not. If he were to become a starter because he couldn't cut it pitching one or two innings as a reliever, his third time through the lineup would be disastrous.
Hey, Beard, you couldn't cut it as a setup/closer because you have only two pitches, so we're going to make you a 7-inning starter. I'd rather, for his sake and the D-backs, trade him for a reliever and give Archie a chance somewhere else than demote him in disappointment. At his age, rarely does demotion help the player or the team.
With the signing of Greg Holland, who will probably get the first shot, that is an obviosity.
I want nothing handed to anyone let alone Archie. At this point I wouldn't trust him to pitch middle innings
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