Sunday, November 4, 2012

Recapping the season of Aroldis Chapman

Dominance is an appropriate term
to define the bulk of Chapman's season
The biggest question concerning Chapman heading into this season was whether or not he should be a starter or reliever. Although the Reds were once leaning toward sticking him in the rotation, injuries to Ryan Madson, Nick Masset and Bill Bray coupled with the fact that the team already had five qualified arms to fill the starting roles, forced their hand into using him for relief instead. That move turned out to be a rather good one as The Cuban Missile went on to become one of the most dominant closers in Major League Baseball in 2012.

Here are some notables regarding the southpaw's campaign:

+ Set new career highs in wins (5), games (68), innings pitched (71.2), WHIP (0.809), strikeouts (122), K/BB (5.30), saves (38), and ERA (1.51), among other categories
+ Was named to his first career All-Star Game
+ Took over the closer role from Sean Marshall in mid-May
+ Led all MLB relievers in strikeouts
+ Finished second in the league in ERA and WHIP among relievers
+ Tied for third in the NL in saves
+ Sported a ridiculous SO/9 of 15.32 (2nd-best in MLB)
+ Posted a tidy 0.53 ERA in 33 games (34 IP) on the road
+ Struggled in Interleague play as evidenced by his 0-3 record and 11.81 ERA (6g)
+ Was ticketed for speeding and had his hotel room robbed in a matter of 10 days in late-May
+ Did not allow a single earned run in any of his first 24 appearances until allowing one on June 7
+ Suffered a rough stretch from June 7-24 with which he blew three saves and lost four games over a span of seven appearances
+ Opposing hitters batted just .141 overall against him
+ Boasted a WAR of 3.6
+ Earned a base salary of $2 million (does not include bonuses)

Fun fact: Chapman was named Delivery Man of the Month for July and August this year.

Here's a look back at the players we have already covered:

Joey Votto
Jay Bruce
Brandon Phillips
Johnny Cueto
Mat Latos

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