Chicago Cubs: What kind of role could Tyler Chatwood play next season?

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Chicago Cubs: There is no room for Chatwood in the starting rotation

To put it frankly, Chatwood was horrendous in his first season with the Cubs. As a starter, he posted a 5.16 ERA, his highest since 2012. He ended up pitching just 96 total innings in 20 starts before being removed from the starting rotation.

His Achilles heel all was actually, well, himself. He never really got hit all that hard, his main problem was throwing the ball over the plate. In 11 of his 20 starts last season, Chatwood ended up walking five or more batters. He ended up posting an 8.35 BB/9 ratio while walking 88 batters.

Chatwood’s 88 walks as a starter are only two less than Lucas Giiolito’s 90 walks, which led the majors. Oh yeah, Chatwood also pitched 77 innings less than Giolito did. Among other Cubs starters, Quintana walked 68 batters on the year which was second-most behind Chatwood.

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