- Height / Weight
- 6' 4" / 212 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 2/28/1988 (31)
Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman needed only 10 pitches to set down the Cleveland Indians in order on Saturday afternoon, securing a 6-5 victory. After Zach Britton allowed a run in the eighth inning, bringing Cleveland to within one run, Chapman quickly slammed the door the ninth, striking out Greg Allen before getting Francisco Lindor to pop out. Oscar Mercado then fouled out to first base, giving Chapman his league-leading 35th save of the year, putting him only three shy of his career-high of 38, achieved with the Reds in 2017 and 2018. Chapman remains a top-tier closer for one of baseball's best teams, making him an elite fantasy option coming down the stretch.
For the first time in seemingly forever, the New York Yankees played a game with the Baltimore Orioles that was hanging in the balance in the ninth. Closer Aroldis Chapman entered with a one-run lead and put the tying run on base, but struck out two en route to the save. The 21-pitch performance likely means Chapman will be unavailable for Thursday's series opener against the Cleveland Indians. This was his 33rd save of the season, tying him for most in the league. Along with his 33 saves, he boasts a 2.45 ERA.
New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman hasn't been quite right since the All-Star break, but had his easiest appearance since then on Friday night. Taking on the Boston Red Sox, the All-Star tossed just nine pitches and allowed no runners on base in New York's 4-2 victory. He even struck out a batter en route to his 28th save, tops in the American League and the second-most in the majors. Chapman had allowed at least one runner on base in six straight appearances to close out July, making this all the more encouraging a performance to kick off the new month.