The Los Angeles Angels signed pitcher Jesse Chavez in the offseason with the hopes that he could help with injuries to the teams starting pitching.
For the Los Angeles Angels and Chavez, the 2017 season has thus far been a story of long balls and eating innings. Chavez has certainly had some games that were near gems. Unfortunately, for the pitcher, who had a 4-6 record on the season, when he is off he is typically way off.
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Chavez currently spots a 5.09 ERA, the result of surrendering four or more runs on four different occasions. Coupled with a 3-run, one inning relief appearance and 13 HR allowed in 58.1 IP and Chavez finds himself on the bubble.
Chavez can little afford to continue his poor outings. Chavez also cannot continue giving up hone runs to the opposition. The Los Angeles Angels may be a team once again nearly pulled apart by injuries, however they will not be able win with a pitcher who surrenders 3 HR in a single game.
Currently, Chavez does sport a positive WAR. However, as the Angels look to have some pitchers begin rehab assignments with the hope of returning and potential options in the minors, Chavez could find himself going from starter to demoted to Triple A.
Overall Grade: C-. Chavez has certainly had positive contributions to the Angels this season. However, Chavez, like the Angels, needs to do better than .500 (or worse.)