BALTIMORE — They used to call it a “super bullpen” and a strength of the Yankees. After the last two weeks, however, the Bombers’ relief corps looked more like a liability. Closer Aroldis Chapman blew two games in the last week, but Aaron Boone said he was not thinking about shaking up the roles at the back-end of the bullpen.
“I do feel like just watching Chappy and kind of digging in, I do feel like he’s very close to what he normally is,” the Yankees manager said of the closer. “I do think there’s an element of him kind of still working through, having not really had spring training.”
Chapman began the regular season on the COVID-19 list and has made just five appearances this season. Two of those have been disastrous and one controversial. Chapman has two blown saves, allowing four earned runs, including two home runs, in four innings pitched. By comparison, Chapman allowed 14 earned runs and three home runs over 57 innings pitched in 60 appearances last season.
Boone believed Chapman just needed more work.