The Rangers got a bit of good news on Tuesday after new Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman was hit with a 30-game suspension for violating the new MLB rules for domestic violence. Chapman accepted the penalty and will not appeal.
The suspension means the Rangers will miss the game's hardest thrower the first time the Rangers meet up with the Yankees in Arlington from April 25-27 before they conclude the season series against the pinstripes in The Bronx in late June, when Chapman's suspension will be long over with.
The Yankees' bullpen is still loaded with Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances, and one of them will be called upon in the ninth inning for the Yankees in that April series if the Yankees find themselves in a save situation.
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Chapman is a feared fireballer and actually threw the 77 fastest pitches of the 2015 season. He threw 336 pitches of at least 100 mph last season while the rest of baseball combined to throw 225.
You can bet some Rangers hitters might be sleeping a little easier now.