The New York Yankees already had a nice one-two punch in the bullpen. Dellin Betances was the bridge to closer Andrew Miller and a Wild-Card berth was secured after two non play-off seaons. However the Yankees secured free agent Aroldis Chapman, the man with the 100 m.p.h fastball, this past off-season.
Chapman being added to the mix has people excited as they see the 7th-9th innings as being a lock and the key to further success as the Yankee front office attempted to make up for a starting staff that is not a sure bet collectively.
The triple threat of Betances, Miller, and Chapman have come into spring training with a nickname already. They will be known as Strike-BMC. And why not. Between these three last year 347 batters whiffed and walked backed to dugouts in disappointment. Miller is interested to see Chapman and how this will all play out.
“I am curious to see him pitch, I have been in the American League and I haven’t seen him pitch at all.”
This unit is being compared to the Cincinnati Reds “Nasty Boys” bullpen of 1990 that consisted of Norm Charlton, Randy Myers, and Rob Dibble. One player has a unique view of comparision. Paul O’Neill, who played on that team.
“It’s a little different because everyone expects it,”
“The Nasty Boys came about as dominant during the season.”
But comparisons aside, there is one thing these current Yankees would like to duplicate from that Red Menace staff and thats a World Series championship, something the Reds went on to capture in 1990.