In case you haven’t been introduced, this is Aroldis Chapman. He took the Cincinnati Reds from scoreless after six innings, to a 6-1 win against Milwaukee last night.
He may as well have rode in on a horse and worn a cowboy hat. He was clearly looking for a showdown and his 1-2-3 pitches in the seventh inning looked as if they were flying as fast as bullets. Four of his eight pitches were over 100 mph. The batters barely had time to swing.
It’s not often that we tell our daughter to “quit reading and watch TV”, but we did last night. There was something about watching the 22 year old Chapman make his big league debut that made us take notice. Maybe it was his 86 mph slider.
The Reds are in first place in the NL Central and they’re playing better than they have for a long time, but at this point in the season I sure like having Aroldis Chapman on the team. Without his perfect inning last night, the Reds would have likely lost and I have seen them make that downhill slide one too many times.
One loss leads to another, and come mid-September, the fans have to start looking to next year. Not this time. Now we have hope. Now we have Aroldis.