I was never a fan of Chapman’s. He throws hard, but he seemed like trouble, and I much preferred having Andrew Miller back if that were possible. But here we are. Chapman is blowing saves. He’s not the same guy we had the first time around. Whether the problem was Joe Maddon, who rode Chapman too hard in last season’s World Series, or a rough patch or simply the fact that no matter how hard you throw the baseball, you still have to learn how to pitch. Remember Kyle Farnsworth?
Last night’s loss to the Red Sox in the series finale wasn’t the fault of the offense for once. I defy anyone to hit Chris Sale, and the Yankees did a decent job of trying. No, this one was on Chapman.
So now we sit 5 1/2 games back about to face the Mets, then the Sox again. Where does this team go? Someone on Facebook suggested Aaron Judge was another Dave Kingman and I vehemently disputed that. But is he? Or will we see the Judge of early in the season? Thank God Hicks is back. Boy, did I miss him. Having Starlin Castro back would help too. Ditto: Matt Holliday. But mostly it’s our rotation and those injuries that are so disturbing. First CC, then Tanaka, never mind Pineda. It’s one big question mark whether Luis Cessa is the guy to fill in. At this point, I’d rather have Nick Swisher.