Jhoulys Chacin came back to the NL West after a year away and picked up where he had left off with Arizona. He was a cheap source of wins, earning 13 to go with decent ratios and a slightly-better-than-average strikeout rate (7.6 K/9). The problem is that he struggles with lefties as they have had a .792 OPS against him over the past three seasons while righties have had a much tougher time with a .647 OPS. He's a heavy groundball pitcher, and that skill allowed him to post a 1.79 ERA at home last season. His home park will be far less favorable in 2018, as he inked a two-year deal with Milwaukee in the offseason. With that, Chacin is likely better left for NL-only leagues.
Chacin is scheduled to start one of the Brewers' first three games of the regular season, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. The Brewers confirmed that Chase Anderson would receive the Opening Day nod March 29 in San Diego, so Chacin will face off against the Padres on March 30 or 31. Considering Chacin posted a 1.79 ERA across 100.1 innings at Petco Park last season as a member of the the Padres, he'll make for a strong streaming option across all formats in his first start, but his season-long fantasy value will be dependent on how he's able to navigate the unfavorable pitching environment in Milwaukee. Chacin posted a 1.24 HR/9 rate on the road last season, a scary prospect given that Miller Park has ranked no worse than 12th in the MLB in terms of park factors for home runs since 2008.
Chacin aims to throw more changeups this season, the Brewers' official site reports. Lefties hit for a .789 OPS off Chacin last year, well higher than the .602 figure posted by righties. Chacin hopes to combat that by throwing more (and better) changeups. He used the pitch at least 10 percent of the time in each of his six seasons with the Rockies from 2009 to 2014, but its usage had dropped to just 5.9 percent last season. Finding a way to be more effective against lefties is important for Chacin given the power boost left-handed hitters receive in his new home park.
Chacin allowed one run on five hits and two walks while striking out six batters over six innings in a no-decision against the Giants on Saturday. It's been a career year for the 29-year-old righty, as Chacin wraps up 2017 with a 3.89 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 7.6 K/9. It's also worth noting that he was dominant at Petco Park with a 1.79 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 7.5 K/9 over 16 starts. However, those home numbers also highlight how much Chacin struggled on the road. Looking ahead to 2018, with more consistency away from Petco, Chacin could quickly become a strong fantasy asset at a reasonable price.
Chacin allowed three earned runs on five hits across 4.1 innings of a 4-3 win over the Rockies on Sunday. He also walked two and struck out four, failing to factor into the decision. Chacin departed while the Padres were behind 3-0, but a late-game comeback spared him from his 11th loss of the season. He's only won once since Aug. 2 and now owns a 4.12 ERA and 1.30 WHIP, which are right in line with his career marks of 3.96 and 1.34.
Chacin allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five batters through five innings during Saturday's win over Arizona. He didn't factor into the decision. The veteran righty had settled into an impressive groove and entered Saturday's outing with a solid 3.07 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 7/6 K.9 over his previous 18 outings. The Diamondbacks are a daunting matchup, so it's probably wise not to overreact to Saturday's so-so showing. Additionally, it's important to highlight how dominant he's been at home this season with a 1.91 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. Those are matchup-proof numbers. Unfortunately, Chacin lines up to make his next start on the road at hitter-friendly Coors Field.