The Chicago Cubs’ Tyler Chatwood had strong numbers against the Cleveland Indians. And since it will take place against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, it should be even better.
This year, the Chicago Cubs‘ Tyler Chatwood will get his second start against the Cleveland Indians. He went six innings, allowing one run on four hits. He struck out five but also walked five as well. It was his first win as a Cubs player, and since then he hasn’t stopped winning. He didn’t factor into the decision against the Braves or the Cardinals, but both of which they lost.
But on the history side, Chatwood has been very good against the Indians. In his career, he’s pitched to a 1-1 record with a 3.46 ERA in four games. He’s walked 14 batters, but also struck out 14, as well. The walk numbers you don’t have to get real excited about. He tends to walk just as many as he’s struck out. And somehow, he manages to get the job done with runners on-base.
Walking the line
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Chatwood seems to live a life of a high-wire act at times. But somehow, he seems to get out of it more so than not. The scary part? The Indians are first-place in the Central Division.
The not so scary part? The Indians are one game UNDER .500 at the top of the division, one game ahead of the Detroit Tigers. Even with the way the Cubs are playing, they’re doing better than the Indians.
For Chatwood, he’ll need to try and keep his pitch count down if he hopes to get deep in the game. For him? Don’t walk batters. At least as few as possible.
This will be what Chatwood hopes will be the biggest key to his game. Remember, Maddon pulled him in a tie game against Atlanta. Just look how that came out?
So for Chatty, he needs to get through six innings of work and turn it over to the bullpen. They aren’t always on point (especially Justin Wilson), but they can be damn near lights out. If anything, hand it over with a lead to then and let them do their thing.