Despite dmick’s and my desire to go out and sign a Lance Lynn or Alex Cobb-caliber starting pitcher to round out the starting rotation (for which there are compelling reasons for and against), the rotation is pretty much set 1 through 5 for the upcoming 2018 season. The Cubs’ signing of Steve Cishek and Brandon Morrow also seems to fill the bullpen. Breaking with longstanding OV tradition, let’s take a look at those pitchers now, and not a month from now when our next post is due.
2017: 147.2 IP, 4.94 FIP, 4.27 xFIP, 6.8% K-BB
Steamer 2018: 137 IP, 4.23 FIP
Chatwood was one of the very first pitchers off the board when free agency started. His spin rate is so elite that it elevated to meme status. Unfortunately for Tyler and the Cubs, spin rate isn’t obviously correlative with results – if they were, Chatwood would have displayed much better results in his career. Chatwood has never pitched 160 innings or more in a season. All of that said, Chatwood is a Coors Field survivor, and his numbers (as with most pitchers) look much better if you …Read the Rest
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