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Jun 14, 2024 0 3 3.96 1
Jun 11, 2024 0 3 4.13 1 2
Jun 9, 2024 0 3 4.24 1 2
Jun 7, 2024 0 3 4.43 1 4
Jun 5, 2024 0 3 4.64 1 1

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Aroldis Chapman finished with 100-plus strikeouts for the fifth time in his career, but for the first time since 2015. The veteran showcased increased velocity early in the season, hitting 103.8 mph on the radar gun with his devastating sinker (101.1 mph average) that yielded a 43.3% whiff rate, the league's highest mark for that pitch type. Walks were still an issue, but Chapman still had the third-highest K-BB percentage among qualified relievers at 26.9%. Ultimately, the southpaw proved he was effective enough during his age-35 season to maintain a high-leverage role for both Kansas City and Texas. Chapman only had six saves last year, and it seems unlikely that he will take away closing duties from David Bednar after signing a one-year deal with the Pirates in January. The Cuban Missile can still be an asset in leagues scoring holds, NL-only formats and even deep mixed leagues for his ratios and strikeouts.

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2024 321.1 24.0 3 1 40 24 4.13 1.71
2023 191.53.1 58.3 6 5 6 103 36 3.09 1.25
2022 130.53 36.3 4 4 9 43 28 4.46 1.43
3y Avg. 223.54.1 50.3 5 4 15 81 34 3.58 1.31
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  • Pirates' Aroldis Chapman: Returns to mound

    Chapman (finger) struck out two and did not allow a baserunner in a scoreless inning to earn a hold Thursday against the Cubs. Chapman was removed from Sunday's appearance with a cracked fingernail, but the issue was never expected to require a long-term absence. After beginning the season as the Pirates' primary setup man, Chapman appeared in the seventh inning Thursday while Colin Holderman followed him in the eighth frame.
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  • Pirates' Aroldis Chapman: Dealing with cracked nail

    Chapman is dealing with a cracked nail on his throwing hand, MLB.com reports. The Pirates haven't officially announced whether Chapman is available for games, but he hasn't appeared since Sunday, when the issue developed. He played catch Tuesday and is healing well, so he looks set to avoid a trip to the injured list.
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  • Pirates' Aroldis Chapman: Untimely struggles

    Chapman (0-3) allowed three runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks across 0.2 innings to take the loss Sunday against the Cubs. Chapman entered Sunday's game having turned in five consecutive scoreless appearances, though he had just an 8:5 K:BB in that span. Things fell apart for him in the 10th inning of Sunday's loss, as he allowed a leadoff single and then a solo home run two batters later. For the season, Chapman now has a 4.61 ERA and 1.90 WHIP in 13.2 innings.
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  • Pirates' Aroldis Chapman: Struggling to get outs

    Chapman (0-2) allowed two earned runs on two hits and no walks while striking out one to take the loss Thursday against the Brewers. Chapman entered the game in the eighth inning to protect a one-run lead. He initially ran into some bad luck when a runner reached base on weak contact that didn't leave the infield, but the veteran lefty then threw a wild pitch and served up a home run to Gary Sanchez. Chapman began the season with 5.1 scoreless innings, but he's since allowed six earned runs across his last 2.2 frames and four appearances.
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  • Pirates' Aroldis Chapman: Suspension reduced to one game

    Chapman's suspension has been reduced to one game, Andrew Destin of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Chapman was initially given a two-game ban after getting into an altercation with an umpire during Monday's game versus the Mets. He will serve his one-game suspension Friday versus the Red Sox before rejoining the Pirates' bullpen Saturday.
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  • Pirates' Aroldis Chapman: Suspended two games

    Chapman was given a two-game suspension and fine Thursday for his actions versus the Mets on Monday, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports. Chapman got into an altercation with an umpire and was ejected during the bottom of the eighth inning in Monday's loss against the Mets. The lefty was credited for the loss after surrendering three runs and recording just one out during the appearance. He is permitted to appeal the suspension.
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  • Pirates' Aroldis Chapman: Collects first save

    Chapman picked up the save Monday against Washington. He pitched one-third of an inning with no strikeouts. Chapman entered the ninth inning with two outs and runners on first and second after Ryder Ryan already allowed a run in the inning. The veteran lefty induced a flyball from Lane Thomas to secure the Pirates' fifth straight win and his first save in black and gold. Chapman is the fourth different Pittsburgh reliever to collect a save this season, but the closer's job still belongs to David Bednar currently.
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  • Pirates' Aroldis Chapman: Five spring appearances

    Chapman has allowed two earned runs across five innings while striking out seven and walking one in Grapefruit League action. The Pirates signed Chapman with the idea of him being the setup man for David Bednar (lat). He appears to be ready for that role, as he's turned in clean outings in three of his last four appearances. Bednar is expected to avoid the injured list to begin the season, though Chapman would be the leading candidate for saves if Bednar suffers a setback.
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  • Pirates' Aroldis Chapman: Latches on with Pirates

    Chapman signed a contract with Pittsburgh on Monday, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports. Chapman is headed to his fourth team in the last three seasons, as he made 43 appearances for the Yankees in 2022 and then began the 2023 campaign in Kansas City before finishing out the year in Texas. Following a 30-save season in 2021 with the Yankees, the fireballer has struggled to hold down a closer's role, securing 15 total saves over the last two years. David Bednar will undoubtedly remain the closer in Pittsburgh after putting together the best season of his young career in 2023, but Chapman will likely be in line for high-leverage opportunities and the occasional save chance in 2024.
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  • Rangers' Aroldis Chapman: Blows save, takes loss

    Chapman (6-5) blew a save and was tagged with Thursday's loss to Seattle. He allowed two runs on two hits and a walk without retiring a batter. Chapman, who worked the eighth inning of a close game Wednesday, was given the closing opportunity Thursday but failed to secure a win that would have clinched Texas' first postseason berth since 2016. He was removed after back-to-back singles and a walk (eight pitches, three strikes). Jonathan Hernandez inherited Chapman's runners and nearly got out of jam, but he allowed a two-run, walk-off double to J.P. Crawford. Neither single off Chapman was hard hit, but the performance adds to a stretch of shaky relief from the southpaw. Over his last 14 outings going back to Aug. 21, Chapman is 1-3 with two blown saves, a 6.23 ERA and 12 walks over 13 innings.
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  • Rangers' Aroldis Chapman: Works eighth inning

    Chapman struck one over a scoreless inning in Wednesday's 5-0 win over the Angels. It was a 2-0 game in the eighth inning when manager Bruce Bochy had Chapman enter the game. Bochy had Jose Leclerc in mind for the save, which never materialized after the Rangers scored three times in the top of the ninth. Chapman is having a shaky September and appears to be sharing the closer duty with Leclerc.
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  • Rangers' Aroldis Chapman: Notches save Saturday

    Chapman picked up a save against the Mariners on Saturday, walking one batter and allowing no runs over two-thirds of an inning. Chapman threw just five of his 10 pitches for strikes and walked the first batter he faced to put the tying run on base after entering with one out and one on in the ninth. However, the fireballer was able to retire Seattle's final two batters to close out the contest and record his sixth save. Chapman has been shaky in September with a 5.14 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 11:5 K:BB over seven innings, but he's converted both of his save chances while emerging as Texas' primary ninth-option ahead of Will Smith.
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  • Rangers' Aroldis Chapman: Works multiple innings

    Chapman (6-4) struck out three over 1.2 innings to earn Tuesday's win over the Red Sox. Texas manager Bruce Bochy, who told Shawn McFarland of the Dallas Morning News on Tuesday afternoon that he's trying to avoid using Chapman for more than one inning, did just that. Chapman entered the seventh inning with Boston rallying and ended the threat. The reliever managed a perfect eighth before Jose Leclerc picked up the save. The bullpen has blown leads late in two recent games, as Bochy avoided bringing Chapman in before the ninth inning. However, the manager altered course Tuesday, saying "we've got find a way to win ballgames." Bochy perhaps took that approach because the Rangers' bullpen has an AL-worst 6.38 ERA since Aug. 16.
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  • Rangers' Aroldis Chapman: Unused in close game

    Chapman was not used in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Guardians. Texas held a 1-0 lead in the top of the eighth inning, and manager Bruce Bochy let setup reliever Will Smith, who finished out the seventh, open the frame. He was pulled with one out after giving up a double and a walk. At that point, instead of using Chapman in a high-leverage spot for a save opportunity, Bochy brought in Jose Leclerc, who gave up two hits that allowed the inherited runners to score. Chapman was well-rested, last having pitched Tuesday, and could have been used for a five-out save. However, he's been erratic of late, allowing seven runs (five earned) on five hits (including two home runs) and seven walks over the last 5.2 innings.
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  • Rangers' Aroldis Chapman: Notches fifth save

    Chapman earned a save against the Athletics on Saturday, walking two batters and striking out one in a scoreless inning. With the Rangers having lost seven of eight games and needing a win as they battle for a playoff spot, manager Bruce Bochy deployed both of his co-closers late in a close contest. Will Smith got the final out of the seventh and followed with a scoreless eighth, while Chapman was called upon to close things out in the ninth. The latter made things stressful for Texas fans with a pair of walks but was able to navigate past those to pick up the save. Though they've come 10 days apart, Chapman has picked up the past two saves for the Rangers. However, he hasn't exactly been sharp of late, giving up seven runs (five earned) and posting an 11:9 K:BB over his past 7.2 frames.
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  • Rangers' Aroldis Chapman: Takes loss Saturday

    Chapman (5-4) was tagged with Saturday's extra-inning loss to the Twins. He allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits and one walk while striking out one over two-thirds of an inning. Chapman got the final two outs in the top of the ninth inning but surrendered three runs without retiring a batter in the extra frame. It was the second straight outing that resulted in a loss for Chapman, who also has two blown saves over his last six appearances. He had walked just four batters over his first 16 innings after being acquired by the Rangers, but control issues are now haunting Chapman. He's walked seven, hit a batter and thrown two wild pitches during the recent six-outing stretch, producing a 7.94 ERA and 2.12 WHIP.
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  • Rangers' Aroldis Chapman: Notches fourth save

    Chapman gave up a solo home run and struck out one in the ninth inning Tuesday to record his fourth save of the season in a 2-1 win over the Mets. Will Smith's recent struggles -- he's blown his last two save chances and hasn't successfully converted one since Aug. 11 -- have forced manager Bruce Bochy to look elsewhere at the end of games, with Jose Leclerc getting the save Monday before Chapman got his turn Tuesday. The veteran lefty watched rookie Mark Vientos get just enough of a 100.8-mph fastball to send it out to the opposite field, but otherwise Chapman got the job done on an efficient nine pitches (eight strikes). Smith tossed a scoreless eighth to pick up a hold and hasn't been removed completely from the high-leverage mix, but the Rangers could be headed toward a closing committee unless someone seizes the job.
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  • Rangers' Aroldis Chapman: Possible waiver wire pickups

    You might think Chapman's full-season numbers are impressive, but in 19 appearances since joining the Rangers in early July, he has a 2.25 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 16.7 K/9, looking every bit like the ace reliever we remember from 2010 through 2020. It would seem, then, that a changing of the guard is long overdue, and seeing as Will Smith has allowed 10 earned runs in his past nine appearances, it may finally be happening. Chapman has worked the ninth inning three times since Smith last did. Granted, he's 0 for 2 in save chances during that time, but he coughed up just one run on each occasion. They weren't the sort of meltdowns that had become all too common for Smith, so the expectation is that manager Bruce Bochy will stick with Chapman for now. When prioritizing save targets off the waiver wire, he ranks behind only Andres Munoz and Yennier Cano.
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  • Rangers' Aroldis Chapman: Blows save Monday

    Chapman blew a save against the Diamondbacks on Monday, allowing one run on one hit and one walk while striking out two batters over two innings. With Texas ahead 1-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth, it was Chapman who got the call from the bullpen to close things out. He couldn't do so, allowing a game-tying solo home run to Ketel Marte with one out. Chapman did settle down from there to finish that frame and the 10th without allowing any more runs, and he looked to be in line for the win when Texas scored twice in the top of the 11th. However, Will Smith -- who has been working as the Rangers' primary closer of late -- coughed up three two-out runs to blow a save opportunity of his own. Smith has blown two of five save chances over his past seven outings while posting a 15.19 ERA and 2.25 WHIP, so Chapman could be in line for more ninth-inning opportunities, though there hasn't yet been any word of a changing of the guard between the duo.
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  • Rangers' Aroldis Chapman: Settles into setup role

    Chapman walked one and struck out three over a scoreless eighth inning to record a hold in Monday's 5-3 win over the Athletics. Chapman recorded a fourth straight hold, all which have come with him pitching the eighth inning. Texas manager Bruce Bochy has settled on a late-game pattern, where Josh Sborz works the seventh, Chapman the eighth, and Will Smith closes in the ninth. That's been the formula for four victories during the Rangers' seven-game winning streak. Chapman's been brilliant since being acquired from Kansas City in late June, posting a 23:3 K:BB over 12 innings. The lone blemish was a blown save July 24 against division rival Houston.
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