Chatwood will start Thursday's game against the Braves, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports. He led off a piggyback with Albert Alzolay earlier this week and gave up two earned runs in four innings while recording just one strikeout. Since Alzolay will be starting Tuesday's game, it seems likely that Chatwood will have a fluid role after working as a sixth starter next week.
Chatwood allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and one walk across four innings in a no-decision Thursday against the Mets. He recorded one strikeout. Chatwood allowed an unearned run in the second inning before surrendering a two-run home run to Pete Alonso in the third. Although he put runners on base at a high rate and recorded just the lone punchout, he induced eight groundball outs to help him avoid further damage. Chatwood was overshadowed by rookie Adbert Alzolay, who picked up the win in relief, and the latter could get the next turn in Kyle Hendricks' vacated spot in the rotation. In that scenario, the veteran would remain in his role as a long reliever and occasional opener.
Chatwood will make a spot start Thursday against the Mets, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports. After posting a 5.30 ERA and walking more batters than he struck out in his first season in Chicago, Chatwood has a much stronger 3.60 ERA this season, though his 14.1 percent walk rate remains far too high. He'll make at least one start in place of Kyle Hendricks (shoulder).
Chatwood recorded his first save of the season and the third of his career Saturday against the Reds, tossing a scoreless ninth inning while allowing two hits. Chatwood somewhat surprisingly got the ball with a two-run lead in the ninth inning. He allowed back-to-back singles to start the inning but got out of a potential jam via a double-play grounder and a flyout. It's unclear if his usage Saturday was purely the result of a taxed bullpen or if he's earned the occasional high-leverage opportunity moving forward.
Chatwood (3-0) picked up the win Wednesday against the Phillies, as he tossed four innings of one-run ball in relief. He allowed three hits and a walk while striking out three. The only blemish for Chatwood was an eighth-inning solo home run by Andrew McCutchen. It was encouraging to see the righty only issue one walk, as control was his biggest issue in a disappointing 2018 campaign. Chatwood has cut back on the walks this year, and he's excelled in his new long-relief role, posting a 3-0 record and 2.86 ERA through his first 28.1 innings.