Stearns pulls the trigger on Chacin
Milwaukee, W.I. ~ The Milwaukee Brewers had several offers on pitching, both starting and relief, coming out of the Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida. Well, the Brewers have signed two pitchers since Saturday, and today they signed proven veteran starter Jhoulys Chacin.
Last season, Chacin played for the San Diego Padres and he posted a 3.89 ERA and a 13-10 record, rebounding from a mediocre 2015 season with the Braves and Angels. He struck out 83 in 116 innings. Chacin;s weakness however is command and control. He walked a high 3.5 batters every 9 innings and hit a MLB high 14 batters last season. Chacin dominated the Brewers in his one 2017 start against them, as he allowed 1 run through 7 innings. Chacin is not a top-of-the-rotation starter, but he will fill a void in the back end that the Brewers need. This is even more of a valuable pickup for Milwaukee as they now can take their time nursing Jimmy Nelson with his injury.
Chacin put up a mere 1.56 ERA at Petco Park but struggled on the road as his ERA climbed over 6. Although Chacin’s career ERA may seem high he has an excuse because he’s played most of his career at Coors Field as a Rockie.
Chacin is a good pickup for the Brewers as he will be found at the back of the rotation.
By Jacob Szczap