The Aroldis Chapman horror show continues

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I was going to say “lost in the Reds’ win yesterday …” but I don’t think this was really lost on anyone: Aroldis Chapman came into the game with a seven-run lead in the ninth inning yesterday, faced five batters, walked four of them and all of them came around to score.

He threw only five strikes in his 23 pitches and he has now walked 12 guys in his last one and one-third  innings of work. While the pitches aren’t exactly going to the screen, we’re approaching Steve Blass/Rick Ankiel territory here.
In recent days, Dusty Baker has dismissed the notion of sending Chapman down to Louisville to work on his issues.  That stance can’t hold much longer can it?  The Reds are winning, but eventually they’ll be in closer games where the pen will be the difference.  You can’t wait on him to find his radar lock forever.

Report: Orioles interested in Lance Lynn

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The Orioles singlehandedly kept the rumor mill churning this weekend. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the club is interested in making a play for free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, adding him to a list of potential candidates that also includes free agent righty Alex Cobb. The two are expected to command similar contracts in free agency, but Morosi notes that the Orioles may prefer Cobb based on his familiarity with the AL East.

Lynn, 30, is two years removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Despite missing the 2016 season, he bounced back with a respectable 11-8 record in 33 starts and complemented his efforts with a 3.43 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.4 SO/9 over 186 1/3 innings for the 2017 Cardinals. He lost several days with a blister on his pitching hand in early September, but managed to avoid any major injuries and can reasonably be expected to shoulder another heavy workload in 2018.

Lynn may not be the Orioles’ first choice to beef up their starting rotation, but there’s no doubt that he’ll be in high demand as one of very few viable starters on the market this winter. The veteran righty rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals on Thursday and will likely be seeking a multi-year contract, one that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch estimates around five years and $100+ million. If the Orioles are willing to bite that bullet, they’ll still need to compensate the Cardinals with their third pick in next year’s draft.