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.

5 Responses

  1. Red Hot Mama

    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!

  2. Brian B.

    I still think it’s a stretch to move Belisle into the rotation. We have much better options.

  3. Blue

    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.

  4. Blue

    BTW, he sustained his injury while still in the Braves organization.

  5. Glenn

    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.