Tyler Chatwood was the leader of the Rockies' rotation, although his season was a tale of two halves. The right-hander came out of the gate hot, posting an excellent 2.89 ERA and 1.17 WHIP through his first 13 starts. Unfortunately, the good times ended as he injured his oblique in a mid-June start and mostly struggled thereafter. From July through the end of the season, Chatwood held an ERA just south of 5.00, walked over five batters per nine innings, and posted a 1.1 HR/9. His season home/road splits were night-and-day, as he sparkled on the road to the tune of a 1.69 ERA and an 8-1 record, but he was tagged at home for 11 home runs which led to an unsightly 6.12 ERA. It's tough to deny how good Chatwood is when he's locked in (and when he's away from Coors Field), but between the two Tommy John surgeries on his record and poor home numbers, there's enough downside here to push him to the endgame in mixed leagues.
Chatwood and the Rockies avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.4 million contract Friday, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports. Chatwood started a career-high 27 games for the Rockies last year, and while he struggled at Coors Field like many pitchers do, he did post a tidy 1.69 ERA over 13 road starts. It remains to be seen exactly where he will slot in, but he will head into this season with a spot in the team's rotation. He finished 2016 with a respectable 12 wins and 3.87 ERA, and another effective campaign would help him as he heads into free agency next offseason.
Chatwood (12-9) dominated the Giants over eight shutout innings Wednesday night, striking out nine while allowing just three singles and two walks. That's a heck of an impressive way to end your season -- this was Chatwood's biggest strikeout total of the year and arguably his best start, and it came against a Giants team that's desperately clinging to a wild-card spot. Chatwood wraps things up with a 3.87 ERA and 1.37 WHIP, but most of the damage against him came at Coors Field; on the road, he posted a sick 1.69 ERA and 1.11 WHIP, albeit with an unimpressive 61:36 K:BB.
Chatwood allowed our runs on nine hits and four walks while striking out five across six innings Thursday versus the Dodgers. Chatwood struggled with his command Thursday, throwing just 54 percent of his pitches for strikes, but he was in line for a win when he departed the game, before a bullpen implosion. Chatwood's splits are among the widest in baseball as far as starting pitcher are concerned, as Thursday's outing brought his road ERA to a sterling 1.88; compared to an inflated 6.12 at Coors Field. He will have the opportunity to finish the season on a high note Thursday in San Francisco.
Chatwood was shelled in Friday's start versus the Padres, allowing seven runs on eight hits and two walks across five innings. He struck out seven and did not factor into the decision. Chatwood pitched quite well against this same club just a week ago, but the thin air at Coors Field was unforgiving Friday, as he allowed four extra-base hits, including a solo home run to Luis Sardinas that chased him from the game with no outs in the sixth. Chatwood's ERA has risen to 4.13 and he will look to achieve a better result next time out, Thursday versus the Dodgers.
Chatwood (11-9) allowed just one run on five hits, struck out five and walked three over 6.2 innings in a victory over the Padres on Friday. The right-hander bounced back from his rough return from the disabled list last week to only yield one run, which came on a solo bomb in the second. Chatwood is now 11-9 with a 3.82 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 96 strikeouts in 139 innings this season. His next start will be Friday against San Diego again.