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Aroldis Chapman | Relief Pitcher | #54

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 212
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2010 / UDFA / CIN
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Aroldis Chapman closed out Game 4 of the ALCS on Tuesday against the Astros with a dominant 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Chapman struck out two of the three batters he faced, needing only 10 total pitches to seal a 6-4 comeback victory for the Yankees. The flame-throwing left-hander boasts a 1.13 ERA and 16/2 K/BB ratio through eight innings this postseason and he has racked up three saves in three opportunities. Oct 17 - 9:09 PM

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Aroldis Chapman pitched two scoreless innings on Wednesday to earn a save in the Yankees' victory over Cleveland in Game 5 of the ALDS.

Chapman entered the game with a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth, and outside of a walk in the bottom of the ninth, he pitched like the shutdown closer the Yankees paid him to be. He struck out four and didn't allow a hit. Chapman now hasn't allowed a run in his last 15 appearances dating back to the regular season, and the Yankees will hope he can keep that streak alive starting Friday in the ALCS against Houston.
Oct 12 - 12:07 AM

Aroldis Chapman secured a five-out save on Sunday, protecting a one-run advantage against the Indians in Game 3 of the ALDS.

No stranger to the pressures of the postseason, Chapman was summoned with a man on and one out in the eighth inning. He blew away Yan Gomes and Giovanny Urshela to end that threat and remained in the game for the night. Things got interesting after a pair of one-out singles by Jason Kipnis and Jose Ramirez, but he battled back to strike out Jay Bruce and get Carlos Santana on a fly ball to end the ballgame.
Oct 8 - 10:58 PM

Aroldis Chapman retired the side in order in the ninth inning to earn a save against the Blue Jays on Saturday.

He struck out Jose Bautista to begin the frame and then retired Russell Martin and Darwin Barney. It wasn't exactly Murderers' Row he was facing but he got the job done without any drama, which hasn't always been easy for the Cuban Missile this year. He has 22 saves, a 3.22 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 50 1/3 innings this year.
Sep 30 - 4:51 PM

Aroldis Chapman struck out a pair while notching his 21st save of the season on Friday against the Blue Jays.

Dellin Betances started the ninth with a 4-0 lead but was pulled in favor of Chapman after allowing a single and a walk. Chapman finished things off with ease, whiffing a pair and getting a groundout. He hasn't given up a run this month.
Sep 29 - 5:02 PM

Aroldis Chapman tossed a scoreless ninth inning to notch his 20th save of the season on Tuesday versus the Twins.

Chris Gimenez reached on a two-out single, but Chapman got Max Kepler to line out to left field to end it and preserve the three-run victory. The flamethrowing closer has looked like his old self this month with eight scoreless innings and a 13/2 K/BB ratio.
Sep 20 - 12:03 AM

Aroldis Chapman retired all five batters he faced for the save in a 2-1 game against the Twins on Monday.

Chapman came in with the bases loaded in the eighth and struck out Joe Mauer and got Byron Buxton to fly out to end the inning. He did have a full two-inning appearance in an extra-inning game earlier this year, but this is his first save of at least five outs this season. It might have been the best outing he's had this year.
Sep 18 - 10:52 PM

Aroldis Chapman notched his 18th save of the season on Wednesday afternoon against the Rays.

Chapman opened the bottom of the ninth inning with a leadoff walk of Curt Casali, but he struck out the next three batters he faced to protect the Yankees' one-run lead. Chapman was temporarily stripped of his closer role in mid-August, but he's back to his old dominant self now.
Sep 13 - 4:56 PM

Aroldis Chapman earned his first save since August 15 in the Yankees' 3-1 defeat of the Rangers on Saturday.

Chapman got himself straightened out in some lower-leverage spots and returned to the closer role with a fury on Saturday afternoon in Arlington, Texas, striking out two of the three batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth inning to preserve the Yankees' two-run lead. He should be a top-tier fantasy option the rest of the way.
Sep 9 - 4:10 PM

Aroldis Chapman could potentially return to his ninth-inning closer duties starting with Thursday's makeup contest against the Orioles.

Chapman was dropped out of the ninth inning in mid-August to allow him to work out some kinks after struggling with consistency for much of the season. Dellin Betances has been closing in his place, but has surrendered runs in two consecutive appearances -- including a walk-off two-run home run coughed up to Manny Machado on Tuesday. Chapman, meanwhile, has turned in two consecutive scoreless appearances.
Sep 6 - 5:38 PM

Aroldis Chapman struck out one in a perfect eighth inning to notch a hold Tuesday in Baltimore.

Chapman was regularly topping 100 mph in going 1-2-3. Dellin Betances promptly then blew a save in the ninth by serving up a walk-off, two-run homer to Manny Machado. Chapman has two straight scoreless outings, whereas Betances has been scored upon in two straight and has allowed homers in each outing. The Yankees' next save chance might go to Chapman.
Sep 6 - 1:13 AM

Aroldis Chapman gave up a pinch-hit, go-ahead solo homer to Yonder Alonso in Friday’s loss to the Mariners.

The struggles continue for Chapman, who has typically dominated left-handed batters during his career. He’s been scored upon in five out of his last seven appearances, which includes three homers. Better results will be needed in order to earn his way back to the closer role.
Aug 26 - 12:07 AM

Aroldis Chapman has been temporarily removed from the closer role.

The move was long overdue as Chapman hasn't looked right in a while. Whether it's his hamstring or simply fatigue from pitching deep into the playoffs last year, the flame-throwing left-hander hasn't been himself in 2017, producing a very un-Chapman-like 4.29 ERA over 38 appearances. Chapman should eventually reclaim his closer status—the Yankees didn't pay $86 million for him to work in middle relief—but right now he's doing more harm than good in the ninth inning. Dellin Betances and David Robertson will split save chances while Chapman works to rebuild his confidence in a lower leverage role.
Aug 19 - 5:49 PM

Aroldis Chapman’s struggles continued Friday against the Red Sox, as he allowed two runs on two hits and a walk over one inning of work.

Chapman was asked to keep the Yankees within one run, but he gave up a leadoff single to Rafael Devers before walking Christian Vazquez. He then ignored the baserunners, so they were able to pull off a double steal before Jackie Bradley, Jr. brought them both home on a single to center. Chapman failed to back up home plate on the play, which resulted in a visit from manager Joe Girardi. The southpaw avoided any further damage, but he’s now allowed two earned runs in three straight appearances for the first time in his career. He now owns a 9.95 ERA over seven appearances against the Red Sox this season. While his hamstring issue was apparently minor, something clearly isn’t right here. One wonders how long his leash is as the Yankees try to fight for a playoff spot.
Aug 18 - 11:41 PM

Aroldis Chapman (hamstring) is available out of the Yankees' bullpen Friday.

Chapman tweaked his hamstring Tuesday and wasn't available Wednesday, but he worked out with no issues Thursday and is ready to go. He's struggled of late, but manager Joe Girardi said Friday of the flamethrower that "he's my closer."
Aug 18 - 5:20 PM