Reds fireballer Aroldis Chapman has turned in three separate scoreless months this season, including July, which earned him his first career Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award.
Chapman converted all 13 of his save opportunities in July, while not allowing a run in any of his 15 appearances. The right-hander also notched 31 strikeouts while conceding just two walks and six hits over 14 1/3 innings.
On his way to securing the Reds' closer role, Chapman also posted unblemished ERAs in both April and May. The 31 punchouts in July, however, are a career-best in any calendar month for Chapman.
In fact, Chapman recorded at least one strikeout in each of his 15 outings last month and recorded two or more Ks in all but four of those games, despite never working more than one inning.
For the season, Chapman is 4-4 with 23 saves to go along with a 1.39 ERA, while also striking out 96 batters over 51 2/3 innings.
Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.