2. Game 7, 2016 World Series
OK, fine, pre-second-Yankees-stint, but we would’ve been filleted if we hadn’t included this.
Chapman, paralyzed from overuse, nearly blew an entire World Series during his rental stint in Chicago! 1.1 innings pitched, two of his own earned runs, and a game-tying shot to freaking Rajai Davis!
While Yankee fans believe Chapman is typically worse when he gets more time off, Joe Maddon proved you can also burn out the closer with repetitive use in a short span of time. We’re used to his typical usage patterns by now. Imagine if Aaron Boone had used his closer in Games 2 and 3 of a World Series, then come back to him for 2.2 innings, 1.1 innings, and another 1.1 in Games 5-7? You’d lose your mind.
Without a rain delay and the real “save” from Jason Heyward, Chapman would be the most hated man in Chicago, seeing as this Cubbies core still hasn’t won another one. Unbelievable.