Found June 08, 2012 on
Last night, Aroldis Chapman allowed an earned run, after 29 innings of allowing no earned runs and striking out almost every other batter he faced. This was a stimulus that caused at least three responses. First, and maybe most obviously, it made the Reds lose to a team only two games behind them.*
*Have the Pirates reached the point where we can call them a “division rival”? Or are they still just another team that happens to play in the same division?
Second, and maybe most unfortunately, it made this headline happen:
Third, and maybe most predictably, it made approximately everyone watching chuckle, shake his or her head, and intone, “You can’t predict baseball.”
Before their consecutive doubles that drove in the run in the top of the 10th, Clint Barmes was batting .188 and Michael McKenry, whom I just discovered is nicknamed “The Fort,” was batting .185. They hadn’t done a lot of hitting. Aroldis Chapman had a .074 batting average against. He hadn’t done a lot of a...
BEST OF MAXIM
That’s two series in a row that the Reds have lost to the Pirates. And this one was particularly painful because the Pirates busted up Aroldis Chapman’s scoreless streak while they were at it. Final score: Pirates 5, Reds 4.
The Detroit Tigers are coming to town tonight. Bronson Arroyo (2-4, 3.91 ERA) takes the mound for the Reds. Rick Porcello (3-4, 4.86...
CINCINNATI They should carry Aroldis Chapman to the pitching mound from the bullpen in a sedan chair with trumpets blaring.
What Chapman does to opposing hitters needs preceding fanfare to escort him from the bullpen to the mound 28 innings, no earned runs, seven hits, nine walks, 50 strikeouts.
His fastball is so hard it could break up a fight at a longshoreman's picnic...
Chapman, warming up before a spring training start in Scottsdale
Is Aroldis Chapman the best pitcher in baseball?
According to the F12 Rating, he is. Chapman has a 32.960 F12, almost two full points ahead of the second ranked pitcher, Gio Gonzalez.
Dusty Baker and the Cincinnati Reds have made the hard-throwing Cuban their closer, and Chapman has excelled. His fastball famously...
Bachelor party in Cincinnati complete, and no one died.
We witnessed a couple of 10-inning beauties, one a 5-4 loss to the Pirates where Aroldis Chapman gave up the first run of his 2012 season. Last night’s 6-5 win in extras over the Tigers was one of the more exciting games I’ve been to in a long time.
Pretty good sports Saturday on tap. Not just a full slate of baseball on...
Last week ended in controversy with a no-hitter upon causing everyone to unlock their asterisks, replay arguments and prototypes for robot umpires. NBA fans that were following the Eastern Conference Finals listened intently between Twitter rants.
Here in Los Angeles, fans are praying for a quick end to the NHL Final. Their playoff beards are hardly comfortable while playing sand...
The Thursday Takeaway
Somehow, some way, somewhere, someday, someone was going to plate an earned run against Aroldis Chapman. But if I had told you that it would be the Pirates—and not just any Pirates, but the two Pirates with the lowest batting averages in that day’s Pirates starting lineup—you might have questioned my sanity.
The Reds’ relief ace came into last night’s...
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Michael McKenry drove in the first earned run allowed by Aroldis Chapman with an RBI double in the 10th inning on Thursday night, rallying the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
McKenry's sacrifice fly put Pittsburgh up 4-3 in the seventh, but closer Joel Hanrahan (3-0) blew a save for only the second time this season, giving up...
Michael McKenry drove in the first earned run allowed by Aroldis Chapman with an RBI double in the 10th inning on Thursday night, rallying the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
McKenry's sacrifice fly put Pittsburgh up 4-3 in the seventh, but closer Joel Hanrahan (3-0) blew a save for only the second time this season, giving up a leadoff homer to...
Final: Pirates 5, Reds 4
WP: Joel Hanrahan (3-0, 2.86 ERA)
LP: Aroldis Chapman (4-1, 0.30 ERA)
SV: Chris Resop (1, 3.49 ERA)
Wow. That was probably the best game I’ve watched all season.
The Reds started things off in the 2nd with a solo home run by Jay Bruce off Pirates’ starter Kevin Correia. The Pirates would answer back, though in the 4th when Alex Presley and Neil Walker...
Word is this guy's alright.
The Redlegs were able to wash away the bad taste left in
their mouths after a loss in game one of the series against the Buccos by
holding on for a 5-4 victory. With the win, the good guys move to 30-24 on the
season while dropping their divisional rival to 28-26. By using the trusty
blueprint of strong starting pitching, timely...
The Factor12 Rating (F12) is an analytic measurement utilizing league average performance to compare the value of all MLB pitchers.
Matt Cain, changeup grip
(1) Aroldis Chapman vaults into the number one position this week despite allowing his first earned run of the season on Thursday night. The “Cuban Missile” has struck out an amazing 54 batters in 30 IP and leads MLB with...
Final: Reds 5, Pirates 4
WP: Johnny Cueto (6-3, 2.63 ERA)
LP: Brad Lincoln (3-1, 2.40 ERA)
SV: Aroldis Chapman (6, 0.00 ERA)
Brandon Phillips homered in the 2nd and the Reds added four more in the 4th inning thanks in large part to a 3-run double by Ryan Ludwick to put the Pirates in a 5-0 hole.
In the 8th inning, the Pirates finally broke through, but it was too little, too late...