Quick Hits: Chatting About Chatwood and . . .

Tyler Chatwood

Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood, primarily a starter in his big-league career, has been returned to the bullpen after a season of inconsistency. On Wednesday he made an impact with his second relief appearance since July of 2012.

With Greg Holland getting a day off, it was Chatwood who got the call to close out a 3-2, 11-inning Rockies victory against the Indians in Cleveland, and he met the challenge. Chatwood earned the second save of his big-league career, his first since April 11, 2012.

Chatwood’s Career Relief Appearances

Date Opponent W L Sv IP H R ER BB SO #Pit
9/12/2011 @Oak L 6-3 0 0 0 3.1 5 1 1 0 1 55
9/16/2011 @Bal L 8-3 0 0 0 2 3 1 1 1 1 33
4/7/2012 @Hou L 7-3 0 0 0 2 4 2 2 0 3 38
4/11/2012 SF W 17-8 0 0 1 3 2 1 1 0 0 41
4/14/2012 Ari W 8-7 1 0 0 2 2 1 1 1 3 37
4/16/2012 SD L 7-1 0 0 0 1 3 1 1 0 1 27
6/29/2012 SD W 10-2 0 0 0 1 4 2 2 1 0 24
7/2/2012 @StL L 9-3 0 1 0 2.1 5 4 4 2 1 64
7/5/2012 @StL L 6-2 0 0 0 1.2 1 0 0 1 0 31
7/26/2017 @StL L 10-5 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 2 1 25
8/9/2017 @Cle W 3-2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 11
  W L SV INN H R ER BB SO #PIT
Totals 1 1 2 20 30 14 14 8 12 386

What was different this time, though, is in 2012 he finished off a 17-8 Rockies victory against the Giants by working the final three innings. Wednesday he got the call after Holland failed to convert a save for only the third time this year, and was dominate. And hr responded by not only throwing only 11 pitches — nine for strikes — but he retired the top three batters of the Indians lineup.

He struck out Jason Kipnis on three pitches to open the inning, and then got

Jason Kipnis

ground ball outs from Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez. Lindor hit the two-run home run off starter Antonio Senzatela in the third inning that gave the Indians a 2-1 lead.

The strike-throwing was a major event. A big factor in Chatwood being replaced in the rotation has been his lack of command. He leads pitchers in walks issue, and averaged 4.9 walks per nine innings as a starter.

2017 MLB Highest ERA as a Starter and Walks Issued

Player Team W L IP BB ERA   Player Team BB
Matt Moore SF 3 12 128.2 50 5.88 Tyler Chatwood Col 63
Tim Adleman Cin 5 9 109.1 44 5.35 Gio Gonzalez Was 58
Julio Teheran Atl 7 10 130.1 50 5.25 Robbie Ray Ari 58
Matt Cain SF 3 9 108.2 45 5.22 Carlos Martinez StL 54
Clayton Richard SD 5 12 139.1 40 5.17 R.A. Dickey Atl 53
Tyler Chatwood Col 6 12 113.2 63 5.07 Edinson Volquez Mia 53
Adam Wainwright StL 11 5 113.1 40 5.00 Matt Moore SF 50
Tanner Roark Was 9 7 125 47 4.82 Julio Teheran Atl 50
John Lackey ChC 9 9 119.2 37 4.81 Lance Lynn StL 49
Luis Perdomo SD 6 6 110.1 43 4.81 Jhoulys Chacin SD 48
Chad Kuhl Pit 47
Tanner Roark Was 47
Coors Field

The Rockies climbed back to two games above .500 on the road with Wednesday’s victory. They have had a winning road record only once in franchise history and that was 41-40 in 2008. They started out strong outside Coors Field, but have struggled recently.

The Early Good and Recent Bad of Rockies on the Road in 2017

Statistic  Through June 11 Since June 12
W-L 24-11 6-17
Runs/Game 4.9 3.5
Opp Runs/Game 3.5 5.7
Rockies Avg .260 .232
OBP .323 .289
Slugging .414 .355

The Rockies late-inning bullpen work has been a key part of the team’s success this season. The Rockies continue to lead Major League Baseball in saves and also in save conversions.

2017 MLB Top 10 Teams in Saves

Team Sv SvOP SV%
Colorado Rockies 37 49 75.5
Los Angeles Dodgers 35 47 74.5
Cleveland Indians 23 31 74.2
San Diego Padres 32 45 71.1
Baltimore Orioles 27 38 71.1
Cincinnati Reds 22 31 71.0
Boston Red Sox 30 43 69.8
Minnesota Twins 32 46 69.6
Chicago Cubs 29 42 69.0

The Rockies are off to the best start in franchise history and in position to claim a post-season berth for the fourth time. They had their struggles, but are off to a solid start in August, which is critical for them to maintain their wild-card position. They have had a winning record in August in 11 of the first 24 years of franchise existence, but have finished more than three games above .500 for the month only three times.

The Rockies Winning Records in August

Season W L Pct
2017 5 3 .625
2000 18 11 .621
1997 17 12 .586
2009 16 12 .571
2010 15 12 .556
2012 16 13 .552
2008 15 13 .536
1996 16 14 .533
2001 14 13 .519
2005 15 14 .517
1998 15 14 .517
2007 15 14 .517
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One thought on “Quick Hits: Chatting About Chatwood and . . .

  1. If the Rockies can keep a tight rein on their young starters for the rest of this season, we have a better than average chance of getting into the playoffs and being victorious.

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