Seattle – At least Aroldis Chapman didn’t blow this one up.
But it is still far from right.
Use the Yankees Chapman at the lowest low leverage situations in Tuesday’s 12-1 win over Mariners The left-hander was dominant in a disturbing performance.
His speed was low – dropping to 94 mph on more than one occasion and holding the bases in one walk and two times before finally finishing the game without giving up the run.
Aaron Boone said Chapman looked “better” than he did on his previous recent outings and blamed his incompetence on the fact that he may not have been “come back at all speed” due to the situation and instead was trying to get his rebirth back.
“I hope this is a step forward for him,” Boone said.
When asked if Chapman would be used as a closer, Boone emphasized the desire to get Chapman in more games, regardless of their score.
“It might be shutting down or it might be in a different situation,” Boone said. “We want to lock him up again.”
Chapman had given up the lead in three straight games – and had a time of 18.90 in his previous 10 games before Tuesday.
Boone said he still believed they could restore an effective Chapman if his mechanics straightened.
“It’s as simple as making it open from a delivery perspective,” Boone said. “Once we get into it, we’re not far from the best we’ve seen of Aroldis Chapman.”
Chapman responded to critics on Instagram on Monday night.
In English and Spanish, Chapman wrote, “For all those people criticizing my bad moments, I’ll tell them I don’t know how my story ends, but in its pages you’ll never read, ‘I’ve given up.'” So I’ll move on. I still have many wars to win and many mouths to shut up.”
Zack Britton (hamstrings) threw another bulls session that went well, according to Boone, but their bulls took another blow when Darren O’Day was put on the IL with a left hamstring strain.
The right-hander has already been sidelined this season with a tense rotator cuff. Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s Nick Nelson has been called to take his place on the list.
Domingo German has blamed his last four poor starts on mechanical issues.
“One of the things that usually gets me in trouble is my poise on the hill,” Germain said through an interpreter. “I’m falling to one side and that’s why I’m not so good.”
It resulted in an ugly stretch for the right-hander, who made his start Wednesday after allowing 18 innings—17 wins—in 15 runs in four rounds (9.98 ERA), leading to his 3.12-4.50 ERA season.
The Yankees are still awaiting test results to determine the next course of action for Clint Frazier, who suffers from vertigo. …Bone said Michael King’s role is “soft and flexible” at this point after the right-hand man last appeared off the playing field after six successive times. This season, the right hand is 0-3 with 5.47 ERA over 24²/² in six innings compared to 0-1 with 1.90 ERA over 23¹/¹ in eight relief appearances.