Chapman notched his 20th save in Friday's 2-1 victory over the Giants, giving up only a hit over one scoreless inning. He also recorded a strikeout. Amid swirling trade rumors, Chapman came through with an efficient, 17-pitch ninth inning, giving up only a leadoff single to Gregor Blanco before retiring Denard Span, Angel Pagan and Brandon Belt. The hard-throwing closer has now converted all five of his save opportunities in July.
The Yankees are looking into possible trades for Chapman, ESPN's Buster Olney reports. Closers are often moved into set-up roles following trades to more competitive teams, but Chapman would presumably be one of the exceptions, as he's enjoying yet another dominant season in his first year with the Yankees. He might even benefit from a move, perhaps getting a few more save opportunities over the final two months of the season. The Yankees probably aren't in any rush to make a deal, sitting just five games back of the second wild-card spot in the AL.
Chapman earned his 18th save of the season Sunday versus the Red Sox, working around a walk to complete a scoreless inning of work. Chapman looked shaky in walking David Ortiz to bring the tying run to the plate with one out, but he swiftly induced a double play ball by Hanley Ramirez and wound up retiring the side on 13 pitches. Chapman was electric as usual, hitting 103 miles per hour several times, and he lowered his ERA to 2.30 to go along with a 0.91 WHIP. The flamethrower's role could change if he is traded before the approaching deadline, but for now he remains an elite fantasy reliever.
Chapman (2-0) picked up the win, allowing one hit while striking out one, in Thursday's game against the Rangers. The Bronx Bombers walked off in the bottom of the ninth to give the closer his second victory of the season, and 20th of his career. Chapman has a 3.00 ERA and ridiculous 32:4 K:BB through 21 innings this season.
Chapman notched his 15th save in Saturday's 2-1 victory over the Twins, giving up a hit over one inning while also recording a strikeout. Just seven days ago, Chapman endured his poorest showing of the season, giving up a pair of hits and earned runs to this same Twins squad. The 28-year-old southpaw has subsequently bounced back to record a victory and a pair of saves over the last four days, with the latter both coming versus Minnesota.