Cincinnati Red’s phenom Aroldis Chapman recorded his fourth hold of the season Wednesday, allowing 1 run (unearned) and walking 1 batter. Unfortunately for thrill-seekers, Chapman did not record a single strikeout, and was instead pulled after getting Orlando Hudson out on a bunt.
Analysis: The Reds are still hesitant to commit themselves to any specific job for Chapman, perhaps being protective, but also possibly due to his wildness. Although currently on pace for 81 K’s in 68.1 IP, Chapman is also walking a batter per inning. His WHIP is thus 1.31, mediocre when compared to his minuscule 1.69 ERA. Chapman remains a must-own in all formats, although some owners may wish to bench him depending on his usage at the time and the needs of their individual team rosters. Chapman should continue to provide plenty of K’s and a tidy ERA, but the walks could continue to be an issue throughout 2011.