Braves 2020 Player Review: Jhoulys Chacin

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Every team has a few guys that you simply forgot played by the end of the season. Fortunately with the darkest days of the rebuild now in the past, the number of players in this category has significantly dwindled over the last few seasons. The Braves aren’t using any reliever they can find to eat up innings or throwing everything at the wall in desperate hope that something will stick anymore.

But there will always be something of a revolving door element to this sport, and revolving doors mean someone is always on the way out. In Chacin’s case, he spent five innings in the 2020 door.

Jhoulys Chacin, The Win

Jhoulys Chacin did pick up a win this season. The Braves raced out to a 9-1 lead at Citi Field in the third game of the season, and Chacin took over in the fourth inning after Sean Newcomb struggled with his command. Chacin covered 3 ⅔ innings of what effectively amounted to garbage time, allowing just one hit on the way to a 14-1 Braves win.

Jhoulys Chacin, The End

That good feeling didn’t last long. Five days later Chacin was once again summoned to cover the middle innings against the Mets. Chacin was questionably brought in to face Pete Alonso with the bases loaded and the Braves trailing 3-2 in the fifth. but this outing got out of hand in a hurry.

Chacin issued a walk to Alonso that forced in a run, followed by another walk to Michael Conforto as well as hits to Yoenis Cepsedes and Robinson Cano. By the end of the inning the Mets led 8-2. Chacin gave up two more runs in the sixth inning, and that was the end of his night. The Braves came back to win 11-10 in one of the wildest games of the season, but Chacin was unceremoniously dropped from the roster after the game.

Just in case you want to forget about Chacin in 2020 and LOL Mets at the same time, we’ve got you covered.

In case you’ve been stuffing your face with turkey and its leftovers these past few days, you might’ve missed a great piece on Mike Soroka also by Alan.

12 thoughts on “Braves 2020 Player Review: Jhoulys Chacin”

  1. @1 Definitely agree that Camargo and Jackson are non-tender candidates. Really just love that Jackson is a middle inning multi-inning guy for $2M. Hard to beat that, and I’d rather have Luke Jackson at $2M than O’Day at $3.5M.

    Danny Santana really had a terrible season after being so good in 2019. I’d like him as a NRI, but not much more.

    Dan Winkler gave up a TON of baserunners (22 in 18 IP), but he also struck out a batter an inning and had a 2.95 ERA in those 18 IP. He’d be another interesting candidate to bring back.

    Matt Barnes is another guy who had a down year, and he’d be an interesting get at the $2M range. Struck out 31 guys in 23 IP.

    Cory Knebel got hit around pretty hard in his return from injury. I’m sure he’ll catch on somewhere that will pay him more, but that’s obviously a nice buy-low candidate.

  2. Been on vacation, so missed the Thanksgiving giving of thanks.

    I’m thankful that for the first time in my life, I cheer for some really fun players. We had a lot of really great players in years past, of course, but between Acuna, Albies, Dansby, Donaldson/Ozuna recently, and the way the rest of the team gels together, this is some of the most fun baseball I’ve watched. It’s one thing to win, and we’ve been doing a lot that, but they win while being entertaining. Very thankful for that.

  3. @Rob

    Not me. Give me someone that has elite results over expectations. Luke has literally had a 1/2 season where his performance matched his peripherals. He allows too many base runners and it’s been a career long problem.

  4. But you’re not going to get elite results for $2M. If I thought I was going to get Jackson’s 2019 for $2M – 72.2 IP, 3.94 ERA, 3.24 FIP, 106 K’s – I would take that in a heartbeat for $2M. Darren O’Day, for example, has never broken 70 IP in his entire career. I’m not sure you can spend $2M any better.

    This is largely based on my fear of starting pitching. If we threw $11M at Drew Smyly when he’s a 5 IP guy, then I think you need to highly value pitchers who provide league average results for multiple innings. And that’s something that WAR is missing. When you’re building a roster for 162, you really need those guys, and not just in losses.

  5. I agree that you need those guys but Luke has not historically done well in mop up innings, nor has he helped his team lose more efficiently (one of my favorite baseball terms Brent Blackwell uses on our podcast). He’s got a flair for the dramatics and does poorly in low to medium leverage innings. He’s an adrenaline junky that doesn’t keep base runners at bay enough to get adrenaline pumping innings. The Jacksons of the baseball world are a dime a dozen, but 50 innings of O’Day at elite level is a rarity.

    If you want a Luke Jackson replacement that will provide middle low leverage innings, there’ll be plenty of guys available to do that on a ST invite with a ~1MM salary.

    More to the point, 2019 Luke Jackson has been the exception, not the norm.

  6. It sounds like you think Jackson’s value is worth around $1M and I’m saying it’s worth around $2M. I can live with that. Maybe he signs closer to $1M, and that’d be great. So it’s really more about whether he deserves a spot in this bullpen or not.

  7. I have to agree with Ryan on this. I wasn’t crazy about Jackson in 2019, but I think that is the best we’ll ever get from him. I’m not necessarily a fan of Fangraphs, but their projection of a 4.60 ERA with a 1.47 WHIP for 2021 sounds about right. I think we have many minor leaguers who can match or exceed that kind of performance. I’m ready to move on.

  8. Mikie Minor’s off the board, the Royals brought him back for two years.

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