Aroldis Chapman Is On A Historic Run

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Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman is a man on a mission this year. The 6-foot-5 left-handed flamethrower has thrown 24 strikeouts in 10 innings. Is that good?

He’s 33 years old and apparently not slowing down a bit. Most in baseball predicted a sharp decline out of Chapman, but a sudden love for the weight room kept his career on a path to the Hall of Fame.

Helps when you develop a wipeout slider, and starting this year, a splitter. Throwing 102 mph with two reliable off-speed pitches is a recipe for success. When 24 big league hitters punch out in 30 tries…you know you’re something special.

Could Chapman win a Cy Young out the bullpen? I think if he keeps that ERA under 0.30 and maintains his 22 strikeouts per nine innings, then he’s got a shot (no pun intended for the Yankees fans in here).

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr


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  1. I was one who predicted a decline as soon as Chapman left the Cubs for the Yankees. And I was right of course. Chapman can no longer hit 105, but finds himself struggling to touch 102 these days. Poor guy. It’s a shame really. So sad to watch a great athlete in decline. Fortunately he’s adjusted and learned how to be more of a finesse thrower by developing his offspeed. Hitters around MLB probably refer to him as that “crafty lefty” out of the pen now. Hopefully he can find a way to keep guys off balance enough to be effective.

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