Chafin walked one and struck out one over a scoreless eighth inning in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Cubs. Chafin has not allowed a run over his last five outings, a stretch that includes two holds. He's mostly a lefty specialist and often throws less than an inning, which makes it difficult to find a role for him in a fantasy lineup.
Chafin retired the lone batter he faced in Friday's 15-8 win over the Red Sox. Chafin was called on at the most critical juncture and got the left-handed-hitting Rafael Devers in the sixth inning with the bases loaded. Facing one or two lefties has become Chafin's role, and he filled it nicely Friday, giving Devers nothing to hit and inducing a meekly hit groundball back to the mound. It may be a stretch to call any moment in a 15-8 game a high-leverage spot, but one poorly located pitch would have cut the Diamondbacks' lead to two while giving Boston momentum. Instead, Chafin got the one batter he needed to, called it a night, and the Diamondbacks tacked on another eight runs before it was over.
Chafin struck out one over a scoreless inning Saturday against the Cubs. Chafin is expected to serve a back-end role in the bullpen, along with Greg Holland, Yoshihisa Hirano and Archie Bradley. The first three members of that group pitched Saturday and threw the ball well; Chafin, Holland and Hirano combined for three scoreless innings. Those are the kinds of things a manager looks for as the team gears up for the regular season.
Chafin signed a one-year, $1.945 million contract with the Diamondbacks on Friday to avoid arbitration, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports. Chafin had a good year out of the bullpen for the Diamondbacks in 2018, posting a 3.10 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 9.7 K/9 across 49.1 innings. The 28-year-old's 2.65 FIP also suggests some room for improvement as he should once again serve as a situational left-hander for Arizona.
Chafin was credited with his 13th hold of the season after retiring the lone batter he faced in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Mariners. Chafin was the first reliever summoned from the bullpen after starter Zack Greinke exited with two outs and two runners on in the top of the seventh inning. As per usual, Chafin aced the lefty-on-lefty matchup with Robinson Cano, inducing an inning-ending groundout in five pitches to end the Seattle threat. Chafin owns a 2.13 ERA and 9.4 K/9 for the season, but the impact of that production has been limited due to his low innings count, as he's frequently been called upon to face only one or two hitters over his 61 appearances.