{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Chapman thriving in back-to-back games

Chapman thriving in back-to-back games

|
Chapman thriving in back-to-back games
HOUSTON -- As Aroldis Chapman continues to transform into a closer, manager Dusty Baker said he's been impressed with how the left-hander has improved at pitching on a second straight day.

"He's getting better at throwing back the second day with the same stuff that he has the first day," Baker said. "Your body gets acclimated to whatever role that you're in after a period of time."

Chapman has pitched on consecutive days four times in the month of July, entering Monday. He hasn't given up a hit on zero days rest all month. On the season, Chapman has a 0.90 ERA in 10 innings on zero days rest, a 0.00 ERA in 12 1/3 innings on one day of rest and a 2.70 ERA in 23 1/3 on two or more days rest.

Baker again addressed the team's decision to keep Chapman in the bullpen.

"We needed him in that role. That's the thing," Baker said. "There was a ton of debate about should he be starting early in the season, but where would we be right now without him? ... He's been involved in half our wins almost. I just hate to think where we'd be without him, as our setup man first and then our closer."

Entering Monday, Chapman had 17 saves and 86 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings. The Reds are 35-7 when he makes an appearance.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español