A log has gone wrong for the Colorado Rockies this last half of the season but at least one thing is going very well of late. Starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin has pitched as well as anyone in the world of Major League Baseball over the last ten games. For the situation that the Rockies find themselves in I believe that Chacin might be one of the few good things to hang on to. This team wasn’t that bad over the course of the first half of the season so they will have a lot of hope going into 2014. Chacin is most certainly a huge reason why.
Good pitchers are after all a rarity over the years in the home area of the Rockies anyway. The Rockies currently have a few that are doing well but Chacin repeatedly proves that he is as good as anyone on the team or in the entire National League. During the last ten games he has pitched 68.1 innings with a 2.11 ERA, having given up 16 runs and struck out 51 batters, having only walked 17. Take a look at the stats of others over that time frame and you’ll find not many that have pitched better.
Of course his record over that time is only 5 – 4 but that has a lot more to do with the team behind him than the man on the mound. If he can stay consistent over the course of one entire season he could be potentially good enough to garner a few votes for the 2014 Cy – Young award. Yes, I said that and yes he is potentially that good if he remains consistent.