Can Chapman spark a Yankees turnaround?
May 10, 2016 | 9529 views | 0 0 comments | 172 172 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column preaching patience for the slow starts on behalf of both of the New York baseball squads.

My patience was rewarded with the Mets, but you cannot say the same thing about the New York Yankees.

Through most of 2016, it hasn’t been much fun watching the Yankees play on a nightly basis.

Heading into Monday’s game against the Kansas City Royals, the Yankees were in the cellar of the American League East with a record of 11-18.

It’s the worst start the Yankees have had in nine seasons.

You can pinpoint a variety of reasons why the Yankees have played poorly out of the gate, but the inability to score runs has been a killer.

In 14 of the 29 games this season, the Yankees have scored two runs or fewer and it shouldn’t exactly be a surprise that the team is winless in those games.

When you don’t score runs, it’s very difficult to win.

It puts pressure on your pitching staff, it puts pressure on your defense, it puts you in a position where everything simply has to be perfect in order to win.

If there’s a positive, you can’t expect the Yankees lineup to continue to be this bad at the plate.

Monday night, the team hit five home runs and showed much needed signs of life in a 6-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals, the defending World Series champions.

However, the signs of life in the Bronx went beyond just the offense.

The Yankees welcomed back potentially their most dynamic player in 2016 and maybe their best hope to a season turnaround.

Flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman made his debut in Yankee pinstripes after serving a 30-game suspension based on the new MLB domestic violence policy.

There hasn’t been much of a buzz in the new Yankee Stadium this season, but the crowd was electrified by the unbelievable talents of the man nicknamed “The Cuban Missile’.

Chapman had the crowd oohing and ahhing after clocking 100 and 101 miles per hour with his fastball on a consistent basis.

For those of you who have made a habit of leaving Yankee games early over the last couple of the years, I highly suggest you reconsider.

You won’t see a guy in all of baseball throw the ball as hard as Aroldis Chapman.

He’s that special. He’s that good.

The hope for the Yankees is that Chapman will complete potentially one of the best triple threats you’ll ever see at the end of a game, joining Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances.

This triple threat won’t disappoint. Their stuff is nasty, their talents are off the charts. It’s the best 7-8-9 trio in all of baseball.

The question the Yankees need to figure out is how can they get the ball to these three guys with a lead?

If they want to turn their season around, they’ll need to answer that question positively.

You can listen to me Thursday and Friday from 2 to 6 a.m. on CBS Sports Radio and Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 2 to 6 a.m. on WFAN Sports Radio 660 AM & 101.9 FM.
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