Originally posted on Razzball  |  Last updated 9/13/12
We don’t play favorite closers here in the closer column but Aroldis Chapman is without a question my favorite closer. Just days after capturing the league lead in saves Chapman imploded last Friday night giving up 3 ER on 4 hits to the lowly Astros and blowing his first save since June 24. Ho hum, just chalk that one up as a bad day and move on. But no, Aroldis struggled again Monday night and was pulled from the game after uncharacteristically walking three batters. It wasn’t just the walks, ‘Roldy (can I call you Roldy?) was showing decreased velocity, consistently throwing 93-94 mph fastballs, and topping out at measely 97 mph.  Pfft! Even my grandmother can throw 97 mph! Fun fact: my grandmother is Randy Johnson. (Not true, but they do look very much alike). You know a guy is a stud when he’s throwing in the mid-90s and the trainers are concerned he’s got a dead-arm. The Reds will rightfully play it safe with their godlike One Who Closes and Chapman will get a few days off to r...
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