The New York Yankees reliever Chad Green earns the $535,000 Major League Baseball minimum, which is close to $17 million less than the Yankees former closer southpaw Aroldis Chapman.
However, Green is dominating the way at one time Chapman did. The 26-year old has become a weapon, as described by manager Joe Girardi. He has pitched so well that when talk arises about the three-headed Yankees’ monster of reliever, led currently by David Roberston and Dellin Betances, Chapman is easily swapped out for Green.
On Monday, New York was able to keep heat on Boston in part due to its reliever Green. The right-handed Green was leveraged by Girardi during the fifth inning to face Baltimore’s Jonathan Schoop in what could have been the game’s most important at bat in New York’s 7-4 victory.
Girardi put in Green, despite starter Jordan Montgomery having settled down and one out from being the game’s winning pitcher and starters will do anything to get a win. However, Girardi could not have cared less. Schoop had face Green unsuccessfully five times prior to Monday including a pair of strikeouts.
Girardi put in Green, and Green wasted little time enticing Schoop into a fly to right in his 97-mph fastball.
Green earned the win as New York cooled the Orioles down and he retired each of the seven batters he faced including four through strikeouts.
Green is now 3-0 with an ERA of less than 2.00 and has 90 strikeouts in just 59 innings of work.
The success of Green is based on his fastball and players from Austin Romine his catcher to Larry Rothschild the pitching catch say jumps. Scientifically a fastball cannot gain speed on its journey to the plate, but it appears that Green’s does just that.
Rothschild said the ease in which Green strides and throws the pitch makes it appear the fastball has more action.
Regardless of what it actually does, the fastball of Green has helped Girardi avoid putting in Chapman at an important moment. The development of Green highlights as well how foolish to give such a huge deal of $86 million to Chapman.
Today, relievers can be developed, so throwing large sums of money at them is not always the most practical or beneficial thing for the team.
If Chapman continues to perform poorly, Green will be getting more time in important spots rather than the left-hander Chapman.