Colorado Rockies: The Five Best Players of the 2016 Season
No. 4: Tyler Chatwood
Chatwood gave the term “road warrior” a great representation in 2016. A 8-1 record and a 1.69 ERA on the road showed his true dominance. Indeed, his production on the road was historic, as Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post noted:
"That road ERA is the lowest in the majors this season (minimum 70 innings pitched) and the lowest in Rockies history (minimum 80 innings). Colorado’s previous road ERA king was Jhoulys Chacin, who posted a 2.44 mark in 2013."
Coors Field wasn’t as friendly to him, as he finished 4-8 with a 6.12 ERA in 14 starts. For one reason or another, he simply didn’t have the same control and command at home than he did on the road. The stats are interesting – 11 HRs, 34 walks and 56 strikeouts at Coors, versus just four HRs, 36 walks and 61 strikeouts on the road.
Overall, he finished 12-9 and a 3.87 ERA in 27 starts. His 12 wins were the second best on the team behind Chad Bettis.
Whenever you break a franchise record for pitching you have had a successful season and is a rare feat for a Rockies pitcher. His road warrior performance in 2016 makes him an easy choice to be on this list.
Next: No. 3: Charlie Blackmon