Brewers release Jhoulys Chacin

What a difference a year makes. Jhoulys Chacin was the ace of the Milwaukee Brewers pitching staff in 2018. In 2019, he was designated for assignment and has since been released by the team.

Chacin struggled this season posting a 3-10 record with a 5.79 ERA. The 31-year old was placed has been in the injured list since late July.

This latest move continues to add to the Brewers ‘opening day curse’ dating back to 2015.

Kyle Lohse, Wily Peralta, Junior Guerra, Chase Anderson and now Chacin each failed to perform up to expectations after getting the ball on opening day.

Over 35 starts in 2018, Chacin posted a 3.50 ERA helping the Brewers all the way to the NLCS.

The Brewers will need someone else to step up as a starter if they hope to make a run into October baseball this season.

Brewers make roster moves, Chacin designated for assignment

The Milwaukee Brewers shook up their roster on Saturday afternoon. One move was pretty shocking.

Opening day starter and the ace of the Brewers’ 2018 run to the NLCS, Jhoulys Chacin has been designated for assignment.

Cory Spangenberg has been selected from Triple-A San Antonio. Milwaukee has sent down Ben Gamel to make room for Spangenberg.

There is no doubt Chacin has had a down year. He’s struggled all season long. However, this move still comes as a surprise considering the lack of depth in the starting rotation.

In 19 starts this year, Chacin posted an ERA of 5.79. Maybe there really is an “opening day curse” in Milwaukee. The last five opening day starters for the Crew all had poor seasons or injuries. Kyle Lohse in 2015, Willy Peralta in 2016, Junior Guerra in 2017, Chase Anderson in 2018, and now Chacin this season. Guerra and Anderson have turned it around and been contributors this year.

Spangenberg has been terrific in Triple-A this season. His batting average is sitting at .309 and he’s hit 14 home runs. He also has plenty of versatility and can play the infield or the outfield.

Gamel has had some big moments for the Brewers this season and is a fan favorite. But with the emergence of rookie Trent Grisham, Gamel’s playing time has decreased.

Jhoulys Chacin leaves game with ribcage discomfort

Milwaukee Brewers’ starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin left Wednesday’s game vs the Cincinnati Reds with right ribcage discomfort, according to Adam McCalvy of

Chacin hasn’t picked up a win since April 30. Look at pitcher wins any way you want but that’s a long time.

With Brandon Woodruff on the shelf for six weeks, this is another big loss to the Brewers’ pitching staff. Milwaukee remains just two games behind the Chicago Cubs for first place in the NL Central. Right now though, their starting rotation is in shambles.

Freddy Peralta or Adrian Houser could find themselves back in the starting rotation going forward, at least until Chacin or Woodruff return.

Brewers bats go cold, fall to Padres 2-0

The Milwaukee Brewers couldn’t find any life offensively as they fell to the San Diego Padres 2-0 on Monday night.

Jhoulys Chacin made his return to the mound off the IL but it was the opposing pitcher who was the story of the game. Joey Lucchesi mowed through the Brewers lineup in his seven innings of work. He gave up just three hits and three walks without surrendering a single run.

It was only the third time this season Milwaukee has been shut out. The last time coming on June 4 against the Miami Marlins.

Chacin wasn’t as impressive. He surrendered two runs on six hits while striking out a season-high seven batters in his four-plus innings of work.

Next up, the Brewers (40-32) will look to take game two of the three-game set with the Padres (36-37) on Tuesday. Brandon Woodruff (8|13.87 ERA96 SO) will get the start for the Crew opposite of Logan Allen who is making his big league debut. First pitch is scheduled for 9:10pm.

Brewers place Chacin on injured list

On Saturday the Brewers placed starter Gio Gonzalez on the 10-day injured list. Now, on Sunday they place another starting pitcher, Jhoulys Chacin, on the 10-day injured list.

Chacin, who is coming off his worst outing of the season on Friday, was placed on IL with a lower back strain.

Milwaukee also recalled right-handers Jacob Barnes and Taylor Williams from Class AAA San Antonio. Catcher Jacob Nottingham was optioned to that club to open up the second roster spot needed.

In 12 starts this season, Chacin has gone 3-7 with a 5.74 ERA and a 1.483 WHIP. He was recognized as the ace for the Brewers staff last season but hasn’t lived up to his performance from a year ago.

The Brewers are now extremely thin at starting pitching and could be ready to give Jimmy Nelson a shot.

Chacin struggles, Brewers fall to Pirates 9-4

It’s been a difficult season for Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin. His troubles continued Friday night as Milwaukee fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-4.

Chacin walked in three runs in the third inning giving up a total of six Pirates scores in the frame. 23 of his 39 pitches in the inning were balls allowing three hits and four walks.

Manager Craig Counsell went to the bullpen as Freddy Peralta relieved Chacin in the inning. Chacin gave up seven earned runs on six hits, walking four in his 2.2 innings of work. With his latest performance he fell to 0-4 with a 6.46 earned run average in five starts in May. For the season, Chacin dropped to 3-7 with a 5.74 ERA in 12 outings.

Keston Hiura was a bright spot as he hit a three-run homer in the fourth to help the Brewers cut into the lead. Hiura finished the day 3-4 from the plate.

Milwaukee (32-26) is set to take on Pittsburgh (28-28) in game three of a four game set Saturday afternoon. Brandon Woodruff (7|13.22 ERA75 SO) is set to take the bump opposite of Nick Kingham (1|18.28 ERA, 28 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 3:05pm.

Brewers can’t complete sweep, fall 7-1 to Dodgers

The Brewers were hoping for better results Sunday against the Dodgers but couldn’t get anything going. Milwaukee fell to Los Angeles 7-1,

Jhoulys Chacín got roughed up in his third start of the season. He couldn’t make it through the third inning, giving up six runs on six hits and walking three. In his last regular season start at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 2, Chacin was rocked for nine runs, including three homers.

Chacin talked about what went wrong for him.

My slider wasn’t working today. Not for lefties or for righties. I just couldn’t command it. Those guys hit a lot of homers, but they also take a lot of walks, too. You have to throw strikes and make good pitches.

The Dodgers’ pitching was fantastic. In what was supposed to be more of a ‘bullpen day’ Ross Stripling exceeded expectations. He went eight innings, gave up only one run on four hits and walked one.

Milwaukee ended their road-trip with a 2-4 record. They were swept by the Angels but were able to take two of three from the Dodgers.

Next up, the Brewers (10-6) return to Miller Park to begin a three-game set with the St. Louis Cardinals (9-6) on Monday. Freddy Peralta (1|06.91 ERA19 SO) will get the start for Milwaukee. The Cardinals will counter with Dakota Hudson (0|12.79 ERA, 10 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 6:40pm.

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Last strikes: Diamondbacks 2, Brewers 1

PHOENIX – Fourteen last strikes from the Milwaukee Brewers’ 2-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night at Chase Field.

1. The Brewers struck first in the fourth inning on a Travis Shaw RBI-double to right field over the outstretched glove of Arizona’s Steven Souza Jr. Christian Yelich opened the inning with a double to the wall in left-center field just past the dive of Chris Owings.

2. The Diamondbacks struck back in the bottom of the frame after Daniel Descalso drew a leadoff walk and later came around to score when Souza Jr. grounded into a double play to push the run across. That was the only damage that starter Jhoulys Chacin would warrant, but it wasn’t the last time a leadoff walk came back to bite the Brewers.

3. Chacin was excellent for Milwaukee as he pitched seven innings, allowing one run on a pair of hits while striking out seven.

4. “He pitched outstanding,” manager Craig Counsell said of Chacin’s outing. “He pitched beautifully, through seven innings strong, really had the ability to probably keep going. But it was an outstanding performance.”

5. After a bit of a tough start to the season, he’s been everything a team could ask for and more from a back of the rotation starter. This is now three starts in a row, and six of his last seven in which Chacin has allowed two runs or less.

6. “I felt pretty good. I felt that I was making pitches from the first inning,” Chacin said after the loss. “My slider was really good today. I think the key today was my changeup. I threw a lot of changeups today and it was working against the lefties that they had.”

7. It’s not fair to ask the bullpen to be perfect on every single night. That’s something that just isn’t going to happen, and they were not perfect on Tuesday as Arizona was able to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth.

8. Taylor Williams entered the game in the eighth replacing Chacin. He promptly allowed a leadoff walk to catcher Jeff Mathis. Mathis was then replaced by pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by pinch-hitter John Ryan Murphy.

9. Williams was pulled in favor of Boone Logan after the sacrifice bunt. Logan got David Peralta to ground out for the second out of the inning before intentionally walking Chris Owings. Logan then allowed an RBI-single to Descalso to give Arizona the lead.

10. With the Brewers having a seemingly plethora of terrific bullpen arms, it did seem curious that Williams was the one called upon in that spot. It was later revealed that Jeremy Jeffress was unavailable to pitch due to a stiff neck.

11. “It was Taylor for two hitters there and then we were going to go to a lefty,” manager Craig Counsell said after the game. “[Jeffress] was down, he’s had a stiff neck for the past couple days. He’s doing better but we didn’t want to use him tonight.

12. “It’s the walk that hurts you there. You think, bottom of the lineup, you’ve got to throw strikes to those guys and it’s the walk that ends up hurting you.”

13. That lead stood up as the Brewers were unable to get anything going against Diamondbacks closer Brad Boxberger in the ninth inning. Shaw reached on an error by Murphy behind the dish with one out, but Domingo Santana lined out to right and Jonathan Villar struck out looking to things.

14. The Brewers and Diamondbacks play the rubber match of this three-game set on Wednesday afternoon at 2:40 p.m. CT. Brandon Woodruff (1-0, 8.03 ERA) will start for the Brewers and Matt Koch (2-1, 2.43) will be on the hill for Arizona. Talk to you then.

Last strikes: Cardinals 6, Brewers 0

MILWAUKEE – Fourteen last strikes for the 14 total hits in Milwaukee’s 6-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.

1. Things didn’t get off to a good start for the Milwaukee Brewers for the second night in a row. Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler laced Jhoulys Chacin’s second pitch of the game into the left-center gap for a leadoff double. Chacin then attempted to pick off Fowler at second and the ball got past Milwaukee second baseman Jonathan Villar into centerfield. Villar was charged with an error on the play as Fowler moved up to third. A few pitches later Tommy Pham hit an RBI-groundout to third base and St. Louis took a 1-0 lead.

2. On the bright side for Milwaukee fans, the Cardinals didn’t open the game with back-to-back home runs as they did on Tuesday night.

3. Just because that was the case didn’t mean things weren’t difficult for Chacin against the top of the Cardinals order. In the third inning Fowler led off with a walk, Pham hit a ground rule double, and both eventually scored to make it 3-0. Fowler scored on a ground out for the second time, and Pham was able to cross the plate on a Marcell Ozuna RBI-single.

4. That didn’t mean that the bottom of the order didn’t do damage as well. Catcher Yadier Molina hit his third home run of the season off Chacin in the fourth inning. He later drove in another run on a sacrifice fly to left field in the sixth inning.

5. The sacrifice fly was potentially the best defensive play of the game. Leftfielder Christian Yelich tracked the ball into foul territory before making a sliding catch up against the wall. It was a really impressive play, even though a run scored on the play. Yelich later left the game in what was described by manager Craig Counsell as “oblique stiffness.” Counsell also said it’s likely Yelich is held out of the lineup on Thursday against Chicago lefty Jon Lester.

6. The same could not be said about the rest of the sixth inning, however. Villar made his second error of the game. St. Louis second baseman Kolten Wong reached base on an infield single that deflected off the glove of Milwaukee first baseman Eric Thames right to Villar. There was no play at first, however Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong attempted to each third base on the play.

7. Villar had the opportunity to try and throw DeJong out, but the bail got past third baseman Travis Shaw. That allowed DeJong to score and Wong to move up to second base.

8. That display was also the end of the night for Chacin. He finished with a final line of 5.2 innings pitched, seven hits, six runs (three earned), a pair of walks, and the home run to Molina allowed.

9. “Thought [Chacin] pitched much better tonight than he did in San Diego,” Counsell said of Chacin’s performance. “I thought his breaking ball was very effective tonight. I thought the first inning we gave him a run and I thought we were a little sloppy in the sixth inning and gave up a couple runs. I was encouraged by this outing. He needs his breaking ball and his breaking ball was sharp tonight.”

10. “I felt that I was throwing more strikes today,” Chacin said. “I was trying to keep the ball down. There was a couple pitches, the one for the homer for Molina, I felt I put it where I wanted but he put a good swing on it. I’m disappointed in my first two starts this year, but I won’t put my head down. I’m going to keep working on all my pitches.”

11. Milwaukee’s first scoring opportunity came in the bottom of the second as Domingo Santana and Villar reached base on consecutive pitches. Santana was hit by a Carlos Martinez slider to start things off and Villar followed with a single to centerfield. Santana later reached third on a Manny Piña sacrifice fly to medium-deep center but was unable to advance any further. Both men were stranded due to Eric Sogard and Chacin both going down on strikes to close the inning.

12. The next scoring chance for the Crew didn’t come until the bottom of the seventh inning. Martinez was lights out for the Cardinals, finishing with a final line of 8.1 innings pitched, four hits, two walks, and 10 strike outs. Martinez didn’t allow a base running from the second inning until the seventh when Santana knocked a single into left field. Piña also reached base with a two-out walk, but the Brewers were unable to do anything else as Sogard lined out to center to end the threat.

13. The Brewers tried to make things interesting in the ninth inning, but the 6-0 St. Louis lead was too much to overcome. Milwaukee loaded the bases with one out in the inning. Piña then knocked a weakly hit bouncer back to the mound, resulting in a 1-2-3 double play to finish the game.

14. The loss drops the Brewers to 4-2 on the young season. Milwaukee welcomes the Chicago Cubs to Miller Park on Thursday evening for the first game of a four-game series.