Player 3: Aroldis Chapman
Aroldis Chapman was one player expected to make a difference this postseason. The 35-year-old is no stranger to playoff baseball. He pitched in the 2016 World Series that helped the Chicago Cubs win their first title since 1945.
Chapman had his best season in 2019 when he recorded 37 saves, and won AL Reliever of the year award. He was also named to the All-MLB Second-Team.
He was a prominent reliever alongside Will Smith when he was first traded to Texas. Chapman did well in his first month with the team; he recorded his first save and win in back-to-back appearances.
However, this postseason his numbers have failed to match his past success.
Chapman recorded four walks and allowed one hit in 1.2 innings against the Baltimore Orioles. Walking batters has been an issue for him. In game 3, against Baltimore, he came in the eighth inning and walked back-to-back batters to load the bases up. He was taken out of the game after that.
While he did not load the bases against Houston Monday, he did allow Yordan Alvarez to hit a home run that shortened Texas's lead to one.
Chapman has been shaky for Texas. He either loads the bases or struggles to take command of his pitches. The Rangers will need the old Chapman to come back.
Texas should be blessed they are up 2-0. However, the job is not finished. The team will need to continue playing at a high level if they hope to move on to the World Series.
Can the players above find consistency and help evelate the Rangers to the next level?