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 all...