Yankees Need To Stop Having Aroldis Chapman Close Games
Today is an off day for the New York Yankees, which means that Aroldis Chapman cannot disappoint anyone for at least a solid 24-hours. The Yankees are currently riding an 11-game winning streak for the first time since the 1980s, but in last night's game against the Atlanta Braves the winning streak looked all but over.
Going into the bottom of the 9th inning the Yankees had a 5-3 lead over the Braves, so in comes closer Aroldis Chapman to get the final three outs. Chapman got 2 outs, but allowed 2 hits and sent 2 guys to the bases via walk. The number '2' was used a lot in the 9th, 2-run lead, 2 outs, 2 hits and 2 walks. The bases were loaded and with Chapman's second walk it forced in a runner, making it a 5-4 game and the bases were still loaded. Chapman, who is now drenched in so much sweat you can form a small lake out of it, was taken out of the game and replaced by Wandy Peralta, the six-foot left hander the team acquired earlier in the season from the Giants.
Peralta got the final out to give the Yankees their 74th win of 2021 and extend their winning streak to 11-games. Despite the win, this was once again a very close game for the Pinstripes and what could have been another heart crushing loss.
Aroldis Chapman is currently in the mist of what is shaping up to be a career worst season for the Cuban import as through 46-games and 42 innings, Chapman has an ERA of 3.86, a career worst so far and has allowed 18ERs (20 career worst in 2011.)
Aroldis Chapman just cannot handle big games this season, overall though he has 23 saves on the season which places him 11th in the Save stat category for 2021. Chapman should not pitch in these close games and frankly I don't trust him at all in any game. This is without a doubt a season to forget by the big throwing Aroldis Chapman.
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