Cincinnati Reds: Is It Time for the D-Train to Roll Through Cincinnati?

Tim Daniel@IrishUnmatchedContributor IIIMay 1, 2011

GOODYEAR, AZ - FEBRUARY 28:  Dontrelle Willis #50 of the Cincinnati Reds delivers a pitch against the Cleveland Indians at Goodyear Ballpark on February 28, 2011 in Goodyear, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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I don't mean to get too far ahead of myself when I say this, but it seems like Dontrelle Willis is doing some damage in Triple-A Louisville.

Willis, the one time Cy Young candidate, has definitely had a rocky route since his days with the Florida Marlins. From his time with the Detroit Tigers, all the way to the end of Spring Training this season, Willis has experienced quite the roller coaster ride.

But is this finally the resurfacing we have hoped for out of the D-Train?

In Willis's four starts since going to Louisville he has had a stat line that is very appealing. shows Willis is currently 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 IP. 

A big worry for Dontrelle in this argument is that he wasn't fooling batters or he kept letting batters get away. Well his opponent batting average is currently at .227 with 19 Strikeouts and only eight walks.

Now, I'm not trying to say that Dontrelle Willis is back to the guy we remember winning big games and sliding into third base in Florida, but you know very well Dusty Baker is paying close attention to Dontrelle's outings in AAA.

Now, I know that they're isn't exactly a lot of room to just bring him up and put him in the bullpen, especially with lefties Bill Bray and Aroldis Chapman giving the Reds strong outings, but when you look at a long-reliever, maybe Dontrelle can fill in that spot.

John Fayman of the Cincinnati Enquirer recently had a piece saying he thinks Willis has a shot at possibly starting again for the Reds.  

I am trying my hardest not to give in to that hope, although we have seen Travis Wood really struggle over his last few outings and maybe the Reds do need to have a lefty in the rotation.

Let's not forget, for a long time Dontrelle was considered one of the best pitchers in baseball as far as batting average which we also saw glimpses of during this past Spring Training when he hit a very solid triple on St. Patrick's day against the Cleveland Indians.

With the struggling pitching, should the Reds give Willis a chance to be on the Major League Roster? 

What are your thoughts?