Tyler Chatwood’s night was short and ugly for the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night at Citi Field against the New York Mets.
The Colorado starter was pulled after just one out in Queens. It was, however, a horrific night for Chatwood despite its short length. The 27-year-old threw 19 pitches and just five were for strikes. One of those pitches was belted by Jay Bruce over the center field wall for a three-run homer to give the Mets a quick 3-0 lead.
Chatwood walked the first two batters he faced before pitching coach Steve Foster visited the mound. Yoenis Cespedes flied out to center after the visit but Bruce followed by blasting a 1-0 pitch far and deep.
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A four-pitch walk to T.J. Rivera caused a Colorado trainer and Rockies manager Bud Black to visit the mound. After watching Chatwood make a few pitches during the pause, Black pulled Chatwood and Chris Rusin was brought in from the bullpen.
Rivera would score on an RBI single later in the inning from Travis d’Arnaud, pushing the New York advantage to 4-0.
Chatwood’s short stint is just part of a rough season for the right-hander. He entered the game 6-10 with a 4.42 ERA in 18 starts. That includes a 5.11 ERA in July before Saturday night’s debacle.
It’s too early to know if there was an injury that caused Chatwood to not be able to find the plate on Saturday. However, it’s possible that Chatwood may be seeing his final days in the rotation. With Chad Bettis and Tyler Anderson both working to rejoining the Colorado rotation, Chatwood could find himself as the odd man out.
Additionally, Chatwood’s contract expires at the end of the season.
Colorado was hoping to get a vintage road start from Chatwood after Friday’s night clunker from Jon Gray started the Rockies’ second half on a sour note. Gray lasted just over two innings on Friday night, meaning Colorado’s starters on back-to-back nights didn’t even get through a combined three innings.
Note: It was later revealed that Chatwood strained his calf in warmups and tried to work through it. However, he couldn’t and was placed on the 10-day disabled list after the game.