The Angels announced Sunday that Chacin has been dropped from the starting rotation and will move to the bullpen, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. Chacin was blasted for five runs on 12 hits and two walks over only 4.2 innings in his start Friday against the Red Sox, mirroring a broader trend of terrible outings. Since tossing a 10-strikeout complete game against the Tigers on May 30, Chacin has covered only 26.2 innings in his last six starts, going 1-4 with an 8.78 ERA and 2.36 WHIP. Nick Tropeano is set to assume Chacin's spot in the rotation and should be in line for a two-start week.
Chacin gave up 12 hits, five earned runs, and two walks over 4.2 innings in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Red Sox. He struck out four. The right-hander really unraveled in the fifth, an inning in which he'd entered with a 2-0 deficit. Chacin actually retired Dustin Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts before falling victim to a 348-foot homer by David Ortiz. That seemed to rattle him, as he proceeded to give up a single to Jackie Bradley, Jr, an RBI double to Brock Holt, and an RBI single to Christian Vazquez following an intentional walk of Travis Shaw. The 28-year-old has been hit hard for the last month, as he's surrendered 44 hits and 27 runs (26 earned) over 26.2 innings in his last six starts. Now sporting a bloated 5.87 ERA and 1.58 WHIP, Chacin will try to stop the bleeding next Wednesday versus the Rays.
Chacin (2-4) allowed four runs on six hits over 4.2 innings in a loss against the Athletics on Saturday. He didn't strike out a single batter and walked four. Things haven't gotten any better for Chacin since being traded from Atlanta to Los Angeles. He has allowed at least four runs in each of his last four appearances, and since pitching a complete game on May 30, Chacin has yielded 21 runs over 22 innings (8.59 ERA) in the last five outings. He is now 3-6 with a 5.64 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 54 strikeouts in75 innings with both the Braves and Angels this season. His next start will be Friday against the Red Sox.
Chacin continued his slide down the mountain Monday against the Astros, allowing six runs (five earned) in two-plus innings. Chacin simply couldn't find the plate Monday, as he walked five of the 17 batters he faced, and hit Marwin Gonzalez with a pitch in the first inning. The 28-year-old has had pinpoint control for most of the season, but has surrendered 13 free passes over 17.1 innings in June. Chacin will find relief in his ground ball rate on occasion, but doesn't strike out enough hitters to get away with that many base runners. He will take a bloated 5.56 ERA into his next start Saturday against the A's.
Chacin allowed four runs through five innings Tuesday, but was able to pick up his second win of the season against the Twins. He struck out two and issued a walk in the contest. Chacin has the command and ground ball rate to string together some quality outings in his spacious home ball park, but has struck out more than four batters in just four of his 12 outings this season. Owners were likely hopeful that Chacin had turned a corner following his complete game against the Tigers last month, but the 28-year-old hasn't pitched more than 5.1 innings in any of his three starts since then, and has allowed 12 runs over that span. He will take a 5.00 ERA into his next start against the A's on Saturday.