Why? Chad Dotson 08/22/2005 5 Can someone explain why the Reds think this guy is ever going to help the team? This, on the other hand, seems like a reasonably good idea. Share this:TweetPocket 5 Responses Red Hot Mama 08/22/2005 I can’t get past the fact that O’Brien actually spoke the phrase “to the max.” Oh my gawd! Like, gag me with a spoon! Brian B. 08/22/2005 I still think it’s a stretch to move Belisle into the rotation. We have much better options. Blue 08/22/2005 I agree with what Brian said. If my memory serves me correctly, I read a scouting report on Belisle when the Reds acquired him in 2003. Apparently, he was able to throw 95 mph consistently as a starting pitcher, and was considered a good prospect. But, he injured his back and his fastball lost some velocity… until he was put in the bullpen this year. He can be a very good reliver, but not a starter. Blue 08/22/2005 BTW, he sustained his injury while still in the Braves organization. Glenn 08/23/2005 Its not as if the Reds are so solid in the starting rotation that they can’t offer Belisle the opportunity to start. I think it would make more sense to begin this next year at spring training rather than this late in the season. There are a few guys playing out this season hoping for a spot on next year’s roster. I don’t think they’ll make it, but the team seems to have latched on to the goal of ending the season at .500.