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
Jahlil Okafor scored 14 points (7-18 FGA) with nine rebounds, three blocks, one steal and one assist in 30 minutes on Monday for the 76ers.
Concern came when Okafor switched to the four from the five as the guarding of stretch fours could cost him rebounds and make run more than he typically does on the block, but with the early results in, it seems that those concerns are not to be worried about. Following the best game of his young career on Saturday, Monday's outing was another very solid effort from the Duke product coming close to yet another double-double and contributing in every category. Now that we are passed the typical college season in terms of games played, it's good to see that the rookie is keeping his production steady. He should be a starter every night in all formats. Analysis: Matt Selz