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Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth inning allowing one hit while striking out one batter to earn his 15th save of the season in Thursday's win over the Giants.
Chapman has now nailed down the ninth inning in back-to-back games for the Reds, improving to 15-for-16 in save opportunities in 2014. There was much question as to whether or not he would be able to continue his dominance after taking a line drive off the head this past spring training, but I think his 2.45 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 18.00 K/9 have silenced any of his critics. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Jose Abreu was 0-for-4 on Saturday ending his seventeen game hitting streak.
During his seventeen hitting streak, Jose Abreu hit .318 and was only four short of his career high set last year in his rookie campaign. But he is now hitting .283 on the season and has fallen short on the power numbers so far this year. Abreu is hitting more ground balls (49.1%) this year yet his home run to fly ball ratio has fallen nine percentage points from 26.9 in 2014 to 17.1 this season. Since the whole offense has struggled, it is exacerbated when their best hitter is not hitting on all cylinders either. Abreu is solid, but maybe not worthy of the first round status he achieved after one season in the majors. Analysis: Greg Jewett