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THE WINDY ERA
(Jose Quintana & Tyler Chatwood)
BEAST DOME NATION.
Over the past few years, the Chicago Cubs have become the best team in the NL Central hands down. Even with the Cubs currently in 4th Place in the NL Central, the Cubs are still the odds on favorite to win the Division.
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The Cubs have made a few moves this off season to bolster their pitching staff. They lost two huge arms in Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis, but brought in Tyler Chatwood and Brandon Morrow. Despite those moves, a rotation that features the burnt out Jon Lester followed by Jose Quintana and Yu Darvish. The Cubs have enough arms to make a playoff run. However despite the talented arms, the Cubs Rotation is getting crushed, outside of Lester!
Darvish ERA 6.86
Quintana ERA 7.78
Kendricks ERA 4.08
Chatwood ERA 4.60
I truly do believe that Yu Darvish no longer has the arm talent he once had. Too many surgeries, a deep playoff run last year. Yu no longer can stun hitters. In regards for him, I would not seek out a trade.
However both Jose Quintana and Tyler Chatwood are the best BUY LOW pitchers on the market. Let me explain why.
Jose has been a BEAST for a majority of his career. The first 5 years of his career his ERA was in the 3.5+ Range which is impressive considering he was on a Horrible White Sox Team facing amazing AL Central offenses in Detroit in their prime, as well as Kansas City when they were somehow the best team in baseball. A move last year to the Cubs at the trade deadline made Quintana go from ELITE to BEAST. While the stats have yet to come from the trade, Quintana is 100% healthy and the NL Central offenses do not have much power at all. Nothing compared to the AL Central. Quintana went 7-3 in 14 starts with the Cubs last year, and wins will come for the Cubs.
To explain why Quintana has been bad this year. Weather. First start against Miami was a fluke giving up 6 ER in 6 INN. After that he faced a Braves team in freezing weather where the defense could not make plays. Then he got shelled in Colorado. 17 ER in 3 Starts this year, while his other start was an impressive shutout against the Brewers, in Milwaukee.
Regardless, weather has been horrific for the Cubs this year and Quintana is going to get back to his vintage numbers. Not worried at all and neither should you. This is the best time to Buy Low there will ever be.
Chatwood has been someone I’ve been high on since day 1. He was actually the first player I wrote an article about this year.
Chatwood has had his starts pushed back every week. Every single week, Chatwood would be starting twice only to see weather push his start back. You can easily see that weather is hurting his game early on.
6 Walks in Game 1
7 Walks in Game 3
The Strikeout totals are great in his first 3 starts, 18 Ks in 15 2/3 INN, but 14 walks early on is not going to get it done. While you may want to think this is just Tyler, walks has never been an issue in his career. The games he are pitching are freezing and coming off weather delays which not only throws off your timing when you are expecting to start and do not, but it is also hard to grip the ball. Chatwood is throwing 97 MPH and he is hitting a lot of spots. I expect Tyler to fully rebound into an ACE that can carry you down the stretch.