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August 12, 2009 7:29 PM

Chacin struggles in first MLB start

It was something Rockies fans have been waiting for since last year: Jhoulys Chacin's (it's pronounced YO-lees cha-SEEN, by the way) first start in the big leagues.  Like opening your first Christmas present only to find a pair of socks, it was a disappointment.

Chacin only last 2.2 innings.  While he only allowed one hit, he walked six batters in that short amount of time and took the loss in a 7-3 Pirates win.  Josh Fogg, who most thought would be the starter, instead came on in the third in relief of Chacin.  While Fogg's outing wasn't that great, he did better than Chacin; in retrospect, the Rockies probably should have gone with the safe bet and thrown Fogg out there to start.  (What?  Tom wanted the Rockies to go with the safe bet?  Sure, seeing how we're in a very tight pennant race.  Right now the Rockies need to go with the guy who gives them the best chance to win.  And right now, that's Fogg, not Chacin.  Chacin probably will be as soon as, well, next month, though.)

Rockies fans shouldn't be worried at this point, as Chacin's command was never a problem in the minors.  In his minor league career he walked 2.5 batters per 9 innings.  Yes, pitchers normally see their walk rates go up when they reach the majors, but not this much.  Anyway, assuming Aaron Cook's big toe problem isn't a long-term issue, Chacin will move back to the bullpen for the rest of the season.

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