Chapman allowed zero hits and had two strikeouts and one walk over 1.1 innings to earn the save in Thursday's Game 4 win over the Rays.
The veteran left-hander entered with a three-run lead during the eighth inning and the Yankees tacked on another run, so he came back for the ninth with a comfortable cushion. It was Chapman's first appearance of the series and second of the playoffs, and manager Aaron Boone figures to be aggressive in his bullpen usage during Friday's winner-take-all Game 5.
Chapman threw the final two innings of the Yankees' win Wednesday in Game 2 of the AL Wild Card Series against Cleveland, striking out four while allowing just one hit and zero runs.
Chapman hadn't been asked to record more than three outs in any of his 13 regular-season appearances, but he was called upon with men on first and second and none out in a tie game in the bottom of the eighth this time around. He immediately relinquished the lead, allowing an RBI single to Cesar Hernandez on his very first pitch, but a strikeout and a double play got him out of the inning without further damage. After the Yankees scored a pair of runs to take the lead in the top of the ninth, he finished the job and the series in the bottom of the inning, recording one groundout and three strikeouts (with one batter reaching first on a passed ball). He'll gets a rest now, as Game 1 of the ALDS against the Rays won't take place until Monday.
Chapman's hearing regarding his appeal of a three-game suspension will not take place until next season, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
The decision may be pandemic-related, as the league is unable to gather together all the witnesses. Chapman was initially hit with a three-game ban for throwing near Mike Brosseau's head back on Sept. 1, but if he does end up missing any time, it will be at the start of next season rather than during the final week of a playoff race. That's a big boost for both the Yankees and for those who have Chapman on their fantasy teams this season.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone indicated Saturday that Chapman could have a second hearing on the appeal of his suspension, potentially delaying it until next season, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Chapman was suspended three games in early September for throwing a fastball over Mike Brosseau's head near the end of a win over Tampa Bay. The veteran subsequently appealed the suspension, and it looks as though the matter will take longer than anticipated to be resolved. If Chapman's potential suspension does carry over to next season, that is good news for fantasy managers who have rostered Chapman and could otherwise be faced with losing the closer for nearly half of the final week of the campaign.
Chapman gave up a hit and struck out two in two-thirds of an inning Thursday to record his third save of the season in a 10-7 win over the Blue Jays.
Jonathan Holder started the ninth inning protecting a 10-3 lead, but after he got tagged for two runs and loaded the bases with one out, Chapman got the call and immediately gave up a two-run single to Bo Bichette. The Yankees closer then settled down and fanned the next two batters to end the game. Chapman appears to be back in his usual form -- he's struck out multiple hitters in six straight appearances, posting a 1.59 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 13:2 K:BB through 5.2 innings over that stretch.
Chapman fired one scoreless inning Sunday as he earned the save against the Orioles. He allowed no baserunners while striking out two.
Although he was pitching on a second consecutive day, Chapman remained effective with another scoreless outing. The hard-throwing southpaw now carries a 4.50 ERA over eight innings during his abbreviated 2020 season. Chapman's appeal of a three-game suspension that he received earlier this month is expected to be heard Monday, so it's possible that he could see limited work over the coming week.
Chapman's appeal of the three-game suspension he received earlier this month is expected to be heard Monday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Chapman received the three-game ban after throwing a pitch near the head of the Rays' Mike Brosseau in a Sept. 1 game. If Chapman's suspension isn't reduced at all and he's forced to sit out beginning with Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays, fantasy managers may have a tough time justifying keeping him active during the Yankees' six-game week.
Chapman pitched a perfect ninth inning against Toronto on Wednesday, striking out all three batters he faced in a non-save situation.
Chapman has struggled at times to shake the rust from a late start to the season, but he looked dominant on the mound Wednesday, needing 12 pitches to retire the Blue Jays on a trio of strikeouts. The veteran has converted only one of three save opportunities this season, but he has struck out 10 batters in six innings and has a firm hold on the closer job in New York.
Chapman allowed one run on two hits and one walk while striking out two across one inning to blow the save Thursday against the Mets.
Chapman entered the game in the ninth inning, tasked with holding a one-run lead. However, he allowed a solo home run to J.D. Davis to knot the game at 7-7. Chapman has now been charged with a run in three of his five appearances this season. He is currently appealing a three-game suspension for throwing above a batter's head earlier this week.
Chapman is appealing his three-game suspension, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Chapman was issued a three-game suspension Wednesday for throwing above Mike Brosseau's head Tuesday, but he called the punishment "a little harsh." As a result of the appeal, he'll be available out of the Yankees' bullpen until a final decision is made by the league.
Chapman was issued a three-game suspension Wednesday, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
Chapman threw a fastball over Mike Brosseau's head Tuesday as he recorded the save against the Rays, and he'll miss time as a result. It's unclear whether he plans to appeal the suspension. Assuming he misses time, Zack Britton should serve as the interim closer during his brief absence.
Chapman struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Tuesday to record his first save of the season in a 5-3 win over the Rays.
In his fourth appearance since coming off the COVID-19 list, Chapman needed only 13 pitches (eight strikes) to shut down Tampa. He did sail a fastball over Mike Brosseau's head, re-igniting the long-simmering tensions between the teams and potentially setting the stage for a volatile series finale Wednesday, but Chapman only received a warning and shouldn't face any additional discipline.
Chapman (1-1) pitched a clean ninth inning Saturday while getting all three outs on just 14 pitches as he earned his first victory of the season.
Chapman was called upon to enter the game in the top of the ninth to preserve a 1-1 tie after Adam Ottavino surrendered a game-tying solo home run to Wilson Ramos the prior inning. After allowing a combined three runs in his first two outings, Chapman pitched a quick 1-2-3 inning, which led to the Yankees walking off in the bottom half of the frame. Despite his early struggles, Chapman should have a firm grasp on the closer's role despite Zack Britton (hamstring) being close to a return.
Chapman (0-1) allowed two runs on one hit and one walk while failing to record an out as he was charged with the loss and blown save in Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader against the Mets.
Chapman took the mound for the first time since Aug. 17, but he allowed a walkoff home run, resulting in a loss and blown save. The southpaw missed the start of the season after testing positive for COVID-19, but he should still have a relatively firm hold on the closer's role for the Yankees.
Chapman tossed one inning in Monday's win over the Red Sox, allowing one run on two hits while striking out two in a non-save situation.
Chapman showed a bit of rust in his first outing of the season -- he gave up a triple and a double to yield one run -- but his fastball was as overpowering as ever, hitting 101 mph (per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com) on the veteran's final pitch. Chapman had no issue keeping the ball in the zone, throwing 14 of 20 pitches for strikes and punching out his final two batters. He won't pitch in back-to-back games this week, Hoch notes separately, but Chapman is solidly in control of New York's closer role, so his next outing could very well be in a save situation.
Chapman (illness) was officially activated from the injured list as expected Monday.
Chapman is finally ready to go after spending the first few weeks ramping up after a positive COVID-19 test cost him most of summer camp. His return will push Zach Britton back into a setup role.
Chapman (illness) will return from the injured list Monday, James Wagner of The New York Times reports.
Chapman missed much of camp due to COVID-19, but he's been throwing bullpens for about two weeks and is now ready to go. He'll presumably reclaim his closing role immediately upon his return, though there's a chance Zach Britton still earns another save or two early on if Chapman isn't ready to throw on back-to-back days right away.
Chapman (COVID-19) could join the active roster as soon as Sunday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Chapman unofficially threw 25 pitches in a simulated game Friday and topped out at 98 mph, per Conor Foley of the Scranton Times-Tribune. The sim game was the second this week for the veteran closer, who has yet to pitch in a regular-season game in 2020 after testing positive for COVID-19 during summer camp. Despite Zack Britton's success in the closer role, Chapman is expected to slide back into ninth-inning duties immediately upon his return.
Chapman (illness) will throw another simulated game Friday, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports.
A battle with COVID-19 cost Chapman most of summer camp. He's been back with the team for nearly two weeks and is presumably closing in on his return, though the Yankees have yet to announce exactly when they expect that to happen.
Chapman took part in a simulated game at the Yankees' alternate training site Tuesday, unofficially throwing 25 pitches and facing eight batters, Conor Foley of the Scranton Time-Tribune reports.
Per Foley, Chapman walked one batter and struck out two during his appearance. The outing against live batters represents another step in Chapman's progression to returning to game action after he tested positive for COVID-19 in July. The Yankees have not provided a timeline for Chapman's return, but he should resume his customary closer role upon joining the active roster.
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