The Phillies were supposed to fear Aroldis Chapman and his 105-mph fastball. Instead, they toyed with the Cuban lefty, chasing him from Game 2 after just 2/3 innings.
When Charlie Manuel looks at the Reds rookie reliever, he sees a supreme talent. Unfortunately for Chapman, the Phils had been looking forward to the challenge of facing him.
“I know he’s good, but at the same time, he’s a challenge for you and you can really, really, really bear down on him, Manuel said prior to Game 3. “And I always look at guys like that, That’s a feather in my hat if I can get to that 100-mile-an-hour fastball. And that can motivate you.”