Tyler Chatwood's stock is on the rise now that he's finally out of Colorado, having joined the Cubs on a three-year, $38 million deal. The results at home over the past two seasons have been ugly, with Chatwood posting ERAs north of 6.00 at Coors Field in both 2016 and 2017, but his road splits hint at solid, back-of-the-rotation potential. He had a 1.69 ERA on the road in 2016 (80 innings), and he followed that up with a 3.49 mark in 2017. Perhaps he wasn't as good as that latter number would suggest, as Chatwood benefited from a .217 BABIP on the road -- especially low for a groundball pitcher (58.1 percent groundball rate last season). He also saw a significant uptick in walks year-over-year (4.7 BB/9), and a low-50s first-pitch strike percentage will limit his command, but the team context is now favorable and more faith in the changeup could help him neutralize lefty batters.
Chatwood signed a three-year contract with the Cubs on Thursday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. The deal is apparently worth $38 million over the three years, according to Muskat. While Chatwood posted an unremarkable 4.69 ERA across 147.2 innings last season, his splits were significantly better away from his home ballpark (hitter-friendly Coors Field). The 27-year-old posted a 6.01 ERA while opponents hit .302 against him in 17 starts at home, while those marks sat at 3.49 and .200, respectively, in his 16 starts away from Coors Field. He'll slot into the back end of Chicago's rotation next season.
Chatwood (8-14) allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five batters through five innings in a losing effort against the Marlins. After returning from the bullpen, Chatwood posted a 1.83 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 6.9 K/9 over his first four September starts, which included two outings at Coors Field. Unfortunately, this was a mediocre showing against Miami, and he lines up for a tough start at home against the Dodgers to finish the year, so it's probably best to look elsewhere.
Chatwood (8-13) gave up three runs on five hits and two walks over six innings in Wednesday's 4-0 loss to the Giants. He struck out four. Chatwood had won two games in a row coming in -- his first victories since mid-June -- but despite failing to extend that streak, he did manage to post his first quality start since July 6. The 27-year-old righty has predictably had trouble building on his relatively successful 2016 campaign, as his combination of inconsistent control and making half his starts at Coors Field isn't friendly for fantasy purposes.
Chatwood (7-12) earned the win over the Dodgers on Sunday, allowing five hits and two walks over five scoreless innings. He struck out five. Chatwood made the most of his 75 pitches, and the Rockies' bats and bullpen did the rest to secure a four-game series sweep. The 27-year-old earned another look in the rotation with a solid showing out of the bullpen in August. He's far from trustworthy, but Chatwood is taking steps in the right direction, and it looks like he may now get the Padres in back-to-back starts (one at home).
Chatwood allowed four hits and three walks with three strikeouts over three scoreless innings in Tuesday's no-decision against the Giants. Chatwood got the start in a bullpen game for his team, throwing 61 pitches as the first of nine pitchers used. Only 28 of those offerings went for strikes, so he did well to hold the opposition off the board in what ultimately ended as a 9-6 win. Unless he gets stretched out and put back in the rotation full time, Chatwood will continue to hold minimal value. He could get another chance to prove himself Sunday against the Dodgers.