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
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
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
|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|
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|
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
|Los Angeles Dodgers||35||47||74.5|
|San Diego Padres||32||45||71.1|
|Boston Red Sox||30||43||69.8|
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