A big question mark among many fans this season was the Milwaukee Brewers starting pitching staff. But the constant from start to finish has been Jhoulys Chacin.
Chacin was another off-season signing by GM David Stearns but unlike Yelich and Cain, early on it was unclear what kind of impact Chacin would have this season.
Before you can be a productive player, you have to be an available player and Jhoulys has been both for Milwaukee this season. He has avoided injury and has made all 34 starts for the Brewers this year. He holds a record of 15-8 but the Brewers are 22-12 overall when Chacin takes the mound.
Overall in 2018, Chacin has been fairly consistent from start to start and has rarely had a game where he absolutely struggles. On the year, he has an ERA of 3.56, a WHIP of 1.182 and his opponents are batting just .223 against him. Chacin has been able to reduce the number of big innings against him as he has limited the long ball this year. He’s given up just 17 home runs this season, an even more impressive stat given how hitter friendly Miller Park is.
A big reason for Milwaukee’s success when Chacin is on the mound is due to how well he performs in the first three innings of games. This is a part of the game that has been a struggle for some of the Brewers starting rotation, but Chacin has done quite well early in games.
Chacin has an ERA of 2.74 in the first through third innings and has held his opponents to an average of only .201. When the Brewers have the lead entering the fourth inning, they have a record of 53-15 on the season.
Chacin’s makes this list because of his consistency and his success early in games. He has helped lead the Brewers to a number of victories in 2018.