Chavez didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 9-8 win over the Astros, surrendering seven runs (six earned) on seven hits -- including three home runs -- and two walks over 5.1 innings while striking out three.
It was a wild night at Globe Life Park, with the two teams combining for nine homers and Chavez only escaping his third straight loss thanks to a late Texas rally from an 8-4 deficit. The right-hander now has a 3.84 ERA and 62:19 K:BB through 68 innings, and with the Rangers getting two off days next week, Chavez should receive some extra rest before his next start.
Chavez (3-4) took the loss Saturday, allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out three over five innings against Minnesota.
The 35-year-old permitted three runs in the second inning and two more in the fourth as he could not get big outs with men on base. Chavez had done well in his previous three starts, throwing 17.1 innings and allowing just four earned runs with an 18:0 K:BB. He'll take a respectable 3.30 ERA and 1.29 WHIP into the All-Star Break along with a 59:17 K:BB for the season.
Chavez (3-3) yielded four runs (three earned) on five hits across six innings Sunday, striking out eight and taking the loss against Tampa Bay.
Most of the damage against Chavez came in the fourth and fifth innings, when he allowed three runs, including a solo shot from Tommy Pham. His season ERA bumped to 2.97 in 57.2 innings. For now, it appears that Chavez should stick around the Rangers' rotation. He is scheduled to make his next start in Minnesota on Friday.
Chavez (3-2) picked up the win Tuesday, allowing one unearned run on five hits over 6.1 innings while striking out seven in a 5-3 victory over the Tigers.
It was the 35-year-old's longest outing in over two years, and while the quality of the opponent has to be taken into consideration, Chavez bought himself some job security in his new role as the Rangers' fifth starter. He'll carry a 2.79 ERA and 48:15 K:BB through 51.2 innings into his next outing Sunday in Tampa Bay.
The Rangers confirmed Thursday that Chavez will enter the rotation as the club's new fifth starter, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
He'll fill the spot previously occupied by Drew Smyly and Joe Palumbo, who were both banished to the minors after ugly showings as a long reliever and starter, respectively, over the last two days. Chavez has made 74 career big-league starts, but he's been deployed as an opener for each of his four "starts" this season. As such, he could face a restricted pitch count in his first two turns through the rotation while he transitions from a bullpen role, though he did build up to a season-high five innings while working behind Palumbo in Wednesday's 10-4 loss. Chavez's first start will come Tuesday in Detroit, per Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Chavez allowed one run on four hits while striking out three over five innings of relief in Wednesday's loss to the Indians.
Chavez was needed early and picked up the bullpen as rookie starter Joe Palumbo couldn't get out of the third inning. This was the second straight appearance in which Chavez threw multiple innings -- he tossed three scoreless frames as an opener last Friday. The Rangers bequeathed their fifth starter job to Palumbo prior to Wednesday's start, but they may be rethinking that decision. If they are, manager Chris Woodward may want to consider Chavez, who has made 70 career starts in the majors, not including his four appearances as an opener this season.
Chavez gave up one hit and struck out four over three scoreless innings as the opener in Friday's 7-1 win over the Reds.
Even though it was his longest appearance of the season, the veteran right-hander didn't last long enough to qualify for the win, but Chavez got the Rangers headed in the right direction, firing 32 of 47 pitches for strikes. He'll likely remain in a long-relief/opener role, but his 3.35 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 38:15 K:BB over 40.1 innings comes with two wins and six holds, giving him modest fantasy value in some deep formats.
Chavez will serve as the Rangers' opening pitcher for Friday's game at Cincinnati, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Chavez will receive his fourth start of the season with the Rangers expected to have a bullpen day Friday. He'll be filling the spot in the rotation that was vacated by Drew Smyly, who could end up picking up the bulk of the innings in relief after transitioning to a bullpen role. Chavez has not surrendered a run in his previous three starting appearances while posting three strikeouts and allowing only two hits over 3.2 innings.
Chavez (2-2) took the loss Wednesday, giving up a run on two hits and two walks in a third of an inning against the Red Sox.
Chavez hadn't allowed a run since April 30 -- a span of 22.2 innings -- but was unable to locate during the ninth inning Wednesday. He threw just six strikes among his 17 pitches, eventually walking Mookie Betts with the bases loaded. Chavez lowered his ERA from 8.79 to 3.51 during the streak and re-established himself has an important piece in the Rangers' bullpen.
Chavez allowed a hit and struck out one in a scoreless seventh inning in Friday's 6-2 win over the Royals.
Chavez did not allow a run over 13 appearances in May, spanning 17.1 innings. His unsightly 8.79 ERA through April is down to 3.98.
Chavez will open Tuesday's game against the Mariners.
The Rangers have elected to deploy an opener for Tuesday's matchup, and Adrian Sampson will serve the primary pitcher once Chavez is lifted. The right-hander owns a 4.55 ERA and 1.48 WHIP with 23 strikeouts over 27.2 frames this season.
Chavez will serve as the opener Wednesday against the Mariners.
Chavez last pitched Sunday when he delivered two scoreless innings against the Cardinals, and could go for one or two innings Wednesday. It will be the 35-year-old's second outing as an opener this season. Adrian Sampson will follow as the Rangers' primary pitcher.
Chavez allowed a hit and struck out three over 1.2 innings in Friday's 7-3 win over the Cardinals.
Chavez had been expected to serve as an opener Saturday, but that plan was scratched because he was needed to help finish out Friday's game. He's experienced a resurgence of late, firing 7.2 scoreless innings over his last six outings. The ugly 8.79 ERA he carried April 30 is down to 5.73.
Chavez is unlikely to open Saturday's game against the Cardinals, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Chavez was reportedly in line to open Saturday's ballgame, but it appears that Ariel Jurado or a different reliever will toe the rubber for the Rangers. A starter will likely be named following Friday night's matchup.
Chavez is expected to serve as the Rangers' opening pitcher for Saturday's game against the Royals, Robert Falkoff of MLB.com reports.
Manager Chris Woodward noted that Chavez's opener assignment will be contingent on Shawn Kelley (infection) being activated from the injured list and available out of the bullpen once Saturday arrives. Assuming Kelley is back in the fold as anticipated, Chavez will likely be asked to pitch the first inning or two before turning the game over to primary pitcher Ariel Jurado.
Chavez will open Saturday's game against the Astros, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Chavez is slated to throw one inning before giving way to Drew Smyly, who's expected to handle the bulk of the innings. Chavez owns a 7.27 ERA and 1.90 WHIP with 13 punchouts over 17.1 innings this season.
Chavez allowed one run on two hits while striking out one over one inning in Friday's 8-6 loss to the Athletics.
What seems like a moderately ineffective relief appearance was worse. Chavez inherited three runners and allowed all three to score. For the season, he's stranded just two of eight inherited runners. The mechanical tweaks Chavez made last year that produced a career-best 2.55 ERA are not having the same impact in 2019. Friday's outing was the fifth time in seven appearances Chavez has given up runs of his own, and he has an 11.37 ERA.
Chavez has nailed down a spot in the Rangers' bullpen, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Chavez was roughed up in the Cactus League, giving up eight runs and 12 hits over eight innings, but his spot in the bullpen was never in doubt. The veteran right-hander excelled in 2018, which he credited to lowering his arm angle. He'll do a little bit of everything in the bullpen; from eating innings in mop-up duty when needed to working in high-leverage situations.
Chavez credits a tweak he made in his delivery that produced a career-best 2.55 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 2018, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
While he was with the Rangers early in 2018, at the behest of pitching instructor Hector Ortiz, Chavez lowered his arm angle slightly and released the ball more like an infielder. This resulted in an uptick in velocity and more movement on his fastball. From that point until he was traded to the Cubs on July 19, the right-hander compiled a 2.31 ERA while holding hitters to a .215 batting average in 35 innings. The success continued with the Cubs, for whom he had a 1.15 ERA in 39 innings. Back with the Rangers in 2019, Chavez figures to be a key piece in the bullpen.
Chavez agreed to a two-year contract with the Rangers on Tuesday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.
The deal is reportedly worth around $8 million, per Passan. Chavez opened the 2018 season with Texas before being dealt to the Cubs in July. He posted a combined 2.55 ERA and 1.06 WHIP across 95.1 innings with both teams, and was especially good after joining Chicago, notching four saves while posting a 1.15 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 42:5 K:BB across 39 innings for the Cubs. While he likely won't dethrone Jose Leclerc as the Rangers' closer, Chavez will be pitching some of the team's highest-leverage innings out of the bullpen.
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