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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).
Aroldis Chapman, 102mph 🔥🔥— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) May 2, 2021
And K Stare 👀 24Ks in 10ip. pic.twitter.com/DBPgKUH2zY