Champan worked around a hit with one strikeout in a scoreless inning to earn his 20th save of the season Tuesday against the Twins. Staked to a three-run lead, Chapman hardly broke a sweat when Chris Gimenez doubled with two outs, buckling down to get Max Kepler to end the game. The flamethrower has been in dominant form of late, throwing seven consecutive scoreless outings while converting four straight save opportunities during that span.
Chapman pitched 1.2 perfect innings with two strikeouts to earn his 19th save of the season Monday against the Twins. Chapman came on with the bases load and a one-run lead in the eighth inning, retiring the next two men to escape the jam. He retired the side in order in the ninth to close out what was a precious win for the Yanks. Chapman seems to have regained his form after being briefly removed from the closer's role and has now pitched seven consecutive scoreless outings with a 12:2 K:BB during that span.
Chapman gave up a hit and two walks while striking out four over 1.1 scoreless innings against the Rays on Wednesday en route to his 18th save of the season. The lefty did allow a base-scoring hit in the eighth, but that run was charged to Dellin Betances. Chapman has seemingly reestablishing himself as the preferred closer for the Yankees with back-to-back successful save conversions. He has allowed just one earned run in his last eight appearances with a 12:3 K:BB over that span.
Chapman struck out two in a perfect ninth inning against the Rangers on Saturday en route to his 17th save of the season. Manager Joe Girardi had left the door open for Chapman to reclaim the closer role, and this would seem to confirm that the job is his once again. Chapman pitched his way out of the ninth in August, but he's been much better lately, allowing just one hit with a 6:0 K:BB in his last three innings. Dellin Betances, meanwhile, has been scored upon in four of his last seven appearances.
Chapman could regain the closer's role this weekend, David Lennon of Newsday reports. He was in line to be used as the closer Wednesday after Dellin Betances was used on back-to-back days, allowing three runs in 1.2 innings. However, Wednesday's game was postponed. Still, it sounds like the Yankees are close to going back to Chapman in the ninth inning. He has a 1.93 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and six strikeouts in 4.2 innings since being demoted to a setup role.
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