|2013 Season (CBSSports.com)||68.00||5.00||3.00||41.00||2.25||1.07||100.00||31.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Pittsburgh|| 6.1||0||0|| 0.00||5||3||11|
|vs LHB|| 14.2||0||0|| 1.84||0||5||29|
|vs RHB|| 49.0||0||0|| 2.76||0||24||83|
|Last 10 Games|
|All signs point to Aroldis Chapman remaining closer |
|by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer|
(12/12/13) When he was introduced as Reds manager, Bryan Price didn't rule out the possibility of moving closer Aroldis Chapman to the starting rotation -- a plan he fully endorsed as the team's pitching coach last spring before manager Dusty Baker overruled him -- but judging by general manage Walt Jocketty's comments to MLB Network Radio earlier in December, that's not the most likely scenario.
"We feel we have the depth in our rotation now that we can continue to keep him in the bullpen," Jocketty said. "That's probably the plan going into spring training. We'll have him prepare for spring training like he has in the past. He'll come in and pitch a lot of innings in spring training, so he could go either way. In all likelihood when we get to spring training, we'll make a decision. I would think he'll continue to be our closer."
As for Chapman himself, he has no interest in closing at this stage of his career, he told USA Today.
"Starting hasn't even crossed my mind and I'm not going to do it either," he said. "I don't want to -- and it's difficult that I'd do it."
Price has said he may look to maximize Chapman's talents in other ways, such as bringing him in to pitch the eighth inning in certain situations.
|GM has always preferred Aroldis Chapman as a starter |
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
(10/29/13) Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said he's always preferred closer Aroldis Chapman as a starter, according to MLB Network Radio .
Chapman signed with the club as a starting pitcher, but converted to a reliever during his rookie season. Over the past two seasons, he's emerged as one of the best closers in the game. Despite that, there's still some argument over whether he should start. With the Reds turning things over to new manager Bryan Price, the debate has been opened again. Jocketty said the team will "have to see what makes sense" for next season regarding Chapman's role.
Chapman had a 2.54 ERA in 63 2/3 innings.
|Bryan Price won't commit to Aroldis Chapman's role |
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
(10/22/13) New Reds manager Bryan Price will not comment on Aroldis Chapman's role next season, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Price said the team will "make that decision as we go forward." Chapman has been one of the best closers in baseball over the past few seasons, but started in the minors. In 63 2/3 innings, Chapman had a 2.54 ERA.
|Aroldis Chapman strikes out side as Reds clinch |
|by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com|
(9/23/13) Reds closer Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth inning in a game that saw Cincinnati win over the Mets in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the 10th.
Chapman did not factor into the decision as he struck out the side to keep the game tied. He threw 17 pitches and 13 were strikes. His ERA is now at 2.59.
The closer has gone 38 for 43 in save situations this season and has struck out 110 batters over just 62 2/3 innings.
|Aroldis Chapman secures 38th save in extra innings |
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(9/20/13) Reds closer Aroldis Chapman struck out one batter in a 1-2-3 10th inning Friday to earn his 38th save in his team's 6-5 win over the Pirates.
Chapman has only struck out one batter in each of his last two innings yet still has over 100 strikeouts on the season, an impressive achievement for a reliever. He owns a 2.63 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 107:28 K:BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings.
|Upcoming 7 Games|
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