The LA Angels were in dire straights in mid-May as two of their starting pitchers had gone down with season-ending arm injuries and one pitcher had been sent to the minors for ineffectiveness. Enter Jhoulys Chacin.
LA Angels general manager Billy Eppler acted fast when Garrett Richards went down with an elbow injury in early May. By mid-May he had a deal in place with the Atlanta Braves for starter Jhoulys Chacin. Chacin had been signed by the Braves in the off-season and had been mildly effective in the first six weeks of the season.
Chacin looked really good in three of his first four starts. In his Angels debut he went seven innings giving up only two runs. His second start against the Dodgers was not quite as good going 4.1 innings giving six hits and four runs. However he bounced back in his next two starts going six innings giving up only three runs on five hits against Texas. He followed it up with one of his best starts of the season pitching a complete game four-hitter against the Detroit Tigers giving up only one run and striking out 10 batters for his first Angels win.
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Unfortunately Chacin had a terrible June going 1-3 with a 8.59 ERA in five starts and he lost his spot in the rotation to Tim Lincecum. Chacin could have sulked, but he took his role in the bullpen as a long man seriously. He pitched 18.1 innings in six appearances only giving up four runs lowering his ERA from 5.87 to 5.34 as he posted a 1.92 ERA during that span.
When Lincecum couldn’t get it together Chacin was given his spot in the rotation back again, but started out terribly with the exception of a 5.2 innings of shutout ball against the Yankees where he picked up his third win with the Angels.
Chacin again went back to the bullpen in favor of Alex Meyer and Daniel Wright in early September, but when Matt Shoemaker went down with a fractured skull Chacin was back in the rotation for the season’s final weeks and he finished with four outstanding starts pitching 24 innings giving up only two runs for a 0.75 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP.
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His last start in particular on the season’s last day was outstanding as Chacin pitched seven innings of shutout ball striking out seven to bring his ERA to 4.81 finishing with a 5-6 record for the Angels.
With what he has shown especially late in the season the Angels should take a long look at Chacin as he could be a valuable member of the 2017 staff either as long man in the bullpen or as a starter and he should be a cheap option which Mr. Moneybags (Arte Moreno likes).
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