Yankees have to reckon with Aroldis Chapman’s painful playoff history
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TORONTO — The last time Aroldis Chapman pitched in the playoffs, he gave up a go-ahead homer to Tampa Bay’s Mike Brosseau in the bottom of the eighth inning of Game 5 of the American League Division Series. The Yankees would go on to lose the game and see their season come to an end. The Rays would go on to play in the World Series.
That came after he infuriated the Rays by throwing a 100-mph fastball near Brosseau’s head in a win on Sept. 1 of last season, which led to a two-game suspension for Chapman.
A season earlier, Chapman’s — and the Yankees’ — playoff run ended when he gave up Jose Altuve’s infamous game-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth of Game 6 of the 2019 ALCS, when the Yankees suspected the Astros still might be illegally stealing signs.