Cubs vs. Braves: Chatwood vs. Wilson (Game 81)

CHC (43-37): RHP Tyler Chatwood (3-1, 3.69 ERA)
ATL (48-33): RHP Bryse Wilson (0-0, 8.31 ERA)
First pitch 1:20pmCDT

Although Tyler Chatwood's time with the Cubs has been disappointing so far, I find his story to be a point of some interest for 2019. He was relegated to the bullpen and likely candidate to be dumped in some fashion since before the season began. In the bullpen, he's put up a respectable ERA but somehow has still otherwise been valued at below replacement levels (-0.3 fWAR). In four outings of four innings or more (two starts), he's gone 18 innings and allowed four runs (three earned). His walk rate has improved over last year and is still terrible, at over five per nine innings. His high groundball rate has helped him work around walks some of that time. He's all but scrapped his off-speed stuff, throwing a fastball or a cutter 86.0% of the time. Will he find the zone frequently enough to mix in his slider or his curve? That could make the difference between a serviceable swing man and wasted roster space. Most recently, He pitched four innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on one walk and four hits, serving as the opening act for Adbert Alzolay's first career win. Current Atlanta hitters are 20-58 with a .926 OPS off of him. Freeman is dangerous as usual, and he's 8-16 off of Chatwood.

A fourth round draft pick in 2016, Bryse Wilson progressed steadily through the system and debuted with Atlanta in 2018. He's made five appearances, two starts, and now has a total of 11.1 innings pitched under his belt. That small sample of MLB stats is not so inspiring, but he has been pitching well in AAA this year: 3.79 ERA, 9.08 K/9, 1.84 BB/9. He mixes a mid-90s fastball with a changeup and slider that can both flash plus. He was just recalled from AAA--his last AAA start was a 6-inning appearance with no runs, five hits, and two walks. No current Cubs have faced him.


I don’t have the stomach to post today’s starting lineup for the Cubs. Can’t believe Cubs are slight favorites but baseball can happen at times

i was done with cargo before he even got here.  it was a now/low-risk pickup, but i'm ready for the cubs to move on.

Let me guess Descalso and CarGo are playing and Willy and KB are sitting. Close?

KB is playing but yes to the rest

schwarber / bryant / rizzo / baez / heyward(CF) / caratini / cargo(RF) / descalso(2nd) / chatwood

cookie monster is singing the 7th today...alright, then.

Cookie Monster was easily top 5%. He might be in the 7th-inning MVP running.

Valuable insight from last night’s Braves telecast regarding upcoming Yankees/Red Sox series in London:

- The Freeze will make an appearance

- There will be a mascot race involving Churchill, Henry the VIII, Freddie Mercury and Nessie

So........dead guy, dead guy, dead guy, mythical serpent.  Hard race to handicap.

DFA chatwood.

also, why the hell are the cubs interviewing a NASCAR driver cleveland indians fan in the 3rd inning?

ah, it's an NBC advertising moment for a race they're broadcasting this weekend.

also, DFA chatwood.

I'm all for an end to the Chatwood era (which was your favorite loss?), but cannot see Theo eating $13M for next year plus this year's balance. However, where does he fit on a NLDS/NLCS/WS roster?

Assuming health, isn't the Rotation -- Hendricks, Hamels, Lester & Darvish

Bullpen -- Kimbrel, Cishek, Strop, Edwards, Quintana, Kintzler, Alzolay, and the LHRP To be traded for?

This one was rough. Time has to be almost up on his attempt to find his control. I guess there's nobody really pushing him off the roster at this particular moment.

Going to go out on a limb here and say, "I don't think Chatwood has it today...."

Also, don't think Alzolay going back to Iowa is an imminent roster move.

Cargo tossed. Damn, there goes the offense 


Back to back strikeouts trying to kill this rally from CarGo and Descalso.

Who could have saw that coming?  I think Joe put this lineup together to jab a stick at Theo to prompt some roster movement. 

There’s a lot of very dead weight on this team. Descalso, Gonzalez, Chatwood for a start. Think we could safely jettison all three.

But Descalso has an OPS of .940 this year with runners in scoring position (39 PA). Kris Bryant only has an OPS of .762 with RISP (60 PA). If we are going to DFA anybody it should be KB... MONEYBALL!!!!!!!

Needed Descalso to mouth off after his K to get his ass out of the game too. Pretty sure I heard boos on the radio broadcast while Chatwood went to the plate (certainly surprised me that he wasn’t pinch hit for, guess Joe playing the long game with respect to not burning the bullpen early ... but stil)

I'm really struggling to see what Decalso (and for that matter, Gonzalez) brings to this team. Surely there has to be some replacement level bats on the waiver wire or tradeable hitters for prospects in the Top 25-40 range.

Or maybe just see what the red hot Robel Garcia can do.

Right now DD doesn't bring much, but I can't see him as the one being DFA'd.  He's too affordable & is performing way below an established track record. He's this year's Brandon Kintzler... that said, it would be a great time for him to hit the 60-day IL with a fingernail issue or something. 

i liked the signing.  2nd/3rd (though average at best D) with a bit of pop who doesn't demand a starting job for 2/5m sounded like a nice deal at the time to me.

i'm hoping for a rebound, but i dunno what to expect right now.

A long IL stint until September?

Descalso seems to have forgotten his swing change in Arizona. He currently has his highest groundball rate since 2013.

What a wonderful last two innings.

the kimbrel era has begun...

hell of a way to end the game by rizzo (after kimbrel doesn't cover 1st)...but hey...kimbrel gets his first of many saves.

cubs win, brews win, cards off-day

I'm so glad Rizzo bailed him out. That would not have been a good memory for a debut.

Chatwood - Cubs Ace/Stopper - with the W!!!(think about that, Yu)

Never a doubt!!! OK Maybe a little 

Got to savor this W today - good stuff

those are the kind of wins aaron sele used to luck into back in the day in TEX.

Cargo needs to can that leg kick.

I feel kinda bad for CarGo. I was always a fan of his. He just looks like toast.

Descalso looks like toast too, but I’ve always hated that guy. 

TB/MIN going to the 15, fwiw.

to the 18th...longest game by innings @target field.

TB wins in the 18th, 5-2, fwiw.

Back to back days for Strop - have some life on the fastball today? Never heard mph reading on the radio broadcast.  Good results regardless 

Both Cubs starting All Stars, Javy and Willson, are Jim Hendry guys. Cheers to Jim!

DJ LeMahieu gets the AL starting spot too.

after beating out tommy la stella for the spot.

this is a weird timeline.

seriously, though...happy that lemahieu can toss this in the face of the "colorado factor" critics who predicted mediocracy for him in NY.

DJ is also a Hendry guy

Alzolay slated to start Monday against the Pirates. Chatwood scheduled for next Friday (Cubs off-day)

Underrated Cub during Braves series: Kintzler. Pitched Monday, Wednesday and Thursday - one inning each day. No runs allowed, 3 hits, no walks and 3 Ks (50 pitches total). Suspect he’s not available tonight, along with Strop.  

we're still on chatwood, huh...

alright then.  whatever.  okay.


seriously, at what point does he get DFA'd?  he's gotta be glad there's a bunch of trash in the minors keeping his roster spot safe.

147.2ip 134h 121bb 120k, 5.06era 1.73whip

My (lame) attempt at Chatwood humor. Hopefully no more Chatwood starts while waiting for Hendricks return ...

yeah, i picked up on it...i'm just starting to really question how much longer he can even be a cub.  it truly helps that there's no one in the minors biting for his slot, though it could be argued some of the guys they keep shuttling up/down could easily own his roster slot.

the only thing he's got going for him is he's stretched out enough to throw 80-100+ pitches.

Maybe a trade to an AL team, with Cubs picking up majority of remaining contract.  Would be good for one of Chatwood or Montgomery to depart to keep that Iowa shuttle rolling along. Brach has been decent recently - hopefully he keeps trending that way but would think he can sense he either performs or gets out of the way (trade/DFA)

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  • Arizona Phil 3 min 41 sec ago (view)

    The Cubs have purchased the contract of RHP Justin Shafer (ex-MIA) from Kansas City (American Association) and he has been assigned to AAA Iowa. 


  • crunch 2 hours 14 min ago (view)

    he -really- needs to cue into this is a cubs broadcast and not a national/neutral broadcast.

    dude...don't get excited about marlins 3-run homers.


  • crunch 3 hours 41 min ago (view)

    lot of people wanted him when len left.  he's got a long game calling history, but not too much for baseball.  he did host "baseball tonight" for ESPN for a quite a while, so the game isn't a mystery to him.

    i find him a bit boring/dry.  some people like that he has that oldschool "announcer voice" thing going on.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 hours 59 min ago (view)

    He's uhhh.. not very good at it. Glad he wasn't the hire for the main role.


  • crunch 4 hours 13 min ago (view)

    wow...chris myers calling the cubs game for some reason (boog out for the MIA series).

    he is a marquee talent, but he's not been used to call a game as far as i know.

    also, zach davies looks like a kid in pajamas in those dark blue "wrigleyville" uniforms.


  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    t.williams threw a 25 pitch pen thursday


  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    tonight's game (thursday) is free game, btw.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have optioned RHP Robert Stock back to AAA Iowa, and recalled LHP Brad Wieck. 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have purchased the contract of RHSP Mike Hauschild (ex-TOR) from Lexington (Atlantic League) and he has been asigned to AAA Iowa. 

    The Cubs are clearly beating the bushes of indepenent league baseball. Hauschild is the sixth player acquired by the Cubs from independent league teams in the last month (Jose Almonte, Tyler Ladendorf, Tim Susnara, Matt Warkentin, and Jarod Wright are the other five). 


  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    (c) hendricks gives up at least 60 homers in the regular season

    seriously, though...wisdom has "slowed down" the past 10 days or so, but he still managed a couple homers.  he's got a damn good shot at 20+ even if bote+duffy come back to steal a little time from him.


  • Charlie 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    This Mets series is going poorly, so... off-topic question. Which of these outcomes do you currently think is more likely in 2021: (a) Javy hits at least 40 homeruns in the regular season, (b) Patrick Wisdom hits at least 20 homeruns in the regular season.


  • crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    wow...and he's done for the night.  that's not good...well, for mets fans.

    "right shoulder soreness"


  • crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    meanwhile...degrom with 8 Ks through 3 perfect innings.  he's also got a RBI single.


  • crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    and d.smith gets HBP.

    this is high end next level strategy.  you beat degrom by injuring everyone until they have to forfeit the game.  moneyballs.


  • crunch 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    ow...villar got nailed in the ear and the back of the head by a throw from lobaton on a stolen base.


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    CHARLIE: You are absolutely right.

    Granted there are existing rules prohibiting pitchers from using foreign substances, but you don't change enforcement protocols suddenly in the middle of the season. Pitchers should be given an opportunity to make adjustments during the course of Spring Training before any new enforcement policy is implememted.

    This can and should be addressed in the upcoming CBA negotiations. Not now.