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.