Monday, June 11, 2012


On Sunday night, the ESPN boys - Dan Shulman, Terry Francona & Orel Hershiser - were spewing superlatives whenever the name of Reds' closer Aroldis Chapman was mentioned.
According to the guys Chapman was the Second Coming of Koufax.
Not even close.
The cat who supposedly launched Cuban missles off the mound came into the game with two on in the 8th inning and a 6-3 Cincinnati lead.
Here's how Chapman fared: Brennan Boesch singled, he hit Matt Young with a pitch, Austin Jackson hit a 2-run double, he walked Quintin Berry, then he threw a wild pitch that made the score 7-6 Tigers. Then, with the Big Guns coming to the plate, he settled down. Cabrera grounded out, Fielder struck out and Delmon Young grounded out.
Prior to Sunday night, Aroldis Chapman had allowed 1 earned run over 30 innings - his ERA was 0.30.
Chapman pitched 1 inning against the Tigers. He allowed 2 earned runs. His ERA was 18.00.
So much for the 105 MPH fastball...

Tigers starter Drew Smyly pitched 3 innings, allowed 4 hits, 1 walk and struck out 3 batters.
He left, trailing 3-1, with a blister on the middle finger on his pitching hand.
Today, he posted a picture of the affliction on Twitter...

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