Since the end of August, the Yankees have been without their star closer, as Aroldis Chapman has been dealing with knee tendinitis.
Without Chapman, the Yankees have been going with the closer by committee approach and have received mixed results with Dellin Betances, David Robertson and Zach Britton spiting the duties.
Luckily for Yankees fans, it sounds like the return of Chapman is on the horizon for a team that hopes to make noise in October.
Encouraging update on Aroldis Chapman. He'll re-join the #Yankees this weekend and could be activated "sometime next week," Aaron Boone said.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) September 12, 2018
Chapman did not have a great first season back with the Yankees after he signed that five-year $86 million deal prior to the start of last season. This year the flame-throwing lefty was back to All-Star form, pitching to a 2.11 ERA with 84 strikeouts in just 47 innings pitched.
While most teams would kill for the bullpen depth that the Yankees have, none of their other relievers throw as hard or are as dominant as Chapman.
100 mph + pitches of 2018 :— BigHeadBaseball (@baseballbighead) September 12, 2018
Jordan Hicks - 581 pitches - 51%
Tayron Guerrero - 193 pitches - 18.5%
Aroldis Chapman - 175 pitches - 21%
Felipe Vazquez - 60 pitches - 5.7%
Joe Kelly - 33 pitches - 3% #mlb #cardinals #marlins #yankees #pirates #redsox @FSHsports pic.twitter.com/bIACcmKekm
If the Yankees want to make serious noise this postseason, they need Chapman to be 100 percent.