Thursday, May 3, 2012

What They're Saying About Jhoulys Chacin's Demotion

In case you haven't heard (or couldn't watch), yesterday's game was pretty fun. Heaven & Helton

Of course the big story after yesterday's game was the demotion of right-hander Jhoulys Chacin to Triple A - Colorado Springs. It certainly wasn't an unexpected piece of news after his rough outing on Tuesday night capped a brutal first month to his season. And if you back to 2011 you'll find his stretch of hot garbage actually extends all the way back to last June. 

If those painful visuals and numbers still left some doubt in your mind that Chacin needed physical and mental maintenance away from Coors Field, I'm sure the stinging words from manager Jim Tracy after the game made it clear it was only a matter of time... 

"Our starting pitching tonight was awful."

"I need to sleep on it, but you just can't go out and pitch like that. You just can't"

So there you go.  

I'm not sure anyone has a firm understanding or explanation as to what exactly is wrong with Chacin. Who knows, there may be a lot of somethings wrong that will take weeks, if not months, to iron out. The answers just aren't there, but the bloggers and writers have jobs to do and several of them have been weighing in over the past 24 hours.

Here's a quick rundown.

Troy Renck wrote the following article BEFORE Chacin was optioned, explaining his reasons for why it needed to happen. Denver Post

Renck and Patrick Saunders then teamed up for a follow up piece that discusses the Rockies options going forward. Denver Post

Thomas Harding has more in his notebook, including further comments from Jim Tracy & Bob Apodaca.

Rafael Rojas Cremonesi, who does a wonderful job covering baseball in Chacin's home country of Venezuela, weighed in with his perspective shortly after the move was announced. Purple Row

David Martin thinks it's time to take a real long look at Bob Apodaca. He may be right. Not only have the results been shaky at best over the past few years, but it just may be time for a different perspective when it comes to pitching in Denver. Rockies Review

Travis Lay analyzes Chacin with fancy graphics. Blake Street Bulletin

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