The dominant left handed reliever for the Cincinnati Reds, on June 7th, during his 25th appearance and after 29+ innings of work out of the bullpen, gave up his first earned run of the season. It almost seems appropriate that the Pittsburgh Pirates, the least offensive team in baseball by several metrics, should be the one to end Chapman’s streak of cruelty against Major League batters.
Here’s how it happened: Chapman came into the game in the top of the 10th inning with the score tied 4-4. On the seventh pitch to the first batter he faced, the light hitting Clint Barmes, he gave up a ground rule double. This was the first hit Chapman had allowed since May 17. Barmes was followed in the Pirates lineup by Michael McKenry who proceeded to allow a 99 miles per hour fastball to bounce off his bat and somehow reach the gap in right center to score Barmes.
Chapman then proceeded to strike out two of the next three batters while collecting a fly out.
The brilliant streak might be over, but there is no need to fret for fans of the Cuban flame thrower. Chapman’s current 48.7% strike out rate is still on pace to be the highest of all time, while his .042 FIP could be the lowest ever recorded over a full season. Unfortunately, though there is now only one regular reliever in baseball yet to allow an earned run, and that’s 36 year old Scott Downs who hasn’t been blamed for a single run scored against the Los Angeles Angels by the score keepers of the American League. That’s over 23 appearances and more than 20 innings pitched.
Chapman’s earned run hasn’t made this baseball statistic game any less fun either.
I’ll take 2012 MLB Pitchers for $2,000, please Alex.
The answer is: Wandy Rodriguez, Jon Lester, Johnny Cueto, Josh Beckett, Jaime Garcia, Jeremy Hellickson, Jordan Zimmermann, Trevor Cahill and Homer Bailey.
Who are starting pitchers that have fewer total strike outs than relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman.
Correct. You have the board.
And The Rest
Major Leage Baseball and Major League Baseball’s Players Association have made a couple of additions to their drug agreement. I call these changes the Ryan Braun Corollary. [Boston.com]
This commencement speech for a Boston area high school included more than one dig at the first place Baltimore Orioles. [Big League Stew]
According to a man who once hugged Paula Abdul, the problem with the Philadelphia Phillies is that they don’t intimidate anyone anymore. Causes. Symptoms. It’s all the same to Charlie Manuel. [Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia]
Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones has decided to take the rehab assignment that his manager asked him to take, meaning that he’ll spend the weekend playing Single A baseball. [Atlanta Journal Constitution]
I’m not even joking. [MLB.com]
Buster Posey has an even better infield fly out rate than Joey Votto. [McCovey Chronicles]
Kerry Wood enjoyed peeing on his hands as a means of healing and avoiding blisters. Science? Pfft. I’m too busy pissing on my hands to read about that. [ESPN Chicago]
It’s another edition of the Over The Monster podcast, an always enjoyable discussion on all things Boston Red Sox. [Over The Monster]
On the latest edition of The Getting Blanked Show, we get set to wager with our time, but not before we can talk about great starts from a trio of right-handed aces in addition to talking about smart teams figuring their around the new CBA in this year’s draft. Go Jays, go. [Getting Blanked]