Thursday, August 8, 2013

Blackley DFA'd, Chapman's Coming to Town

This morning Travis Blackley tweeted about being on waivers.
We all wondered if he didn't understand  the month of August...turns out he was announcing his own DFA before the Astros had the chance.

As tweeted by Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle -
So there we have it - another bullpen change. Let's hope this one has a positive effect.  More to come on Chapman, who's been pitching for AAA Oklahoma City, shortly.

Chapman, who came to Houston in the Bourgeois/Quintero trade with Kansas City, is 1-2 for OKC in 45 games (50.2IP), with a 3.20 ERA/1.54 WHIP. He has allowed 42 hits, while the Walk Bug bit him to the tune of 36 walks, or 6.4 BB/9. If it makes you feel better, Chapman walked 18 batters and April and May (101 plate appearances), and 18 walks since (128 plate appearances). May was a particularly bad month - when he allowed a .250/.449/.417 line with 10K:12BB. And that is mainly due to a rough five appearances in nine days when he walked nine batters.

This also makes Oakland the clear winner of the Blackley/Jake Goebbert trade. Goebbert was hitting 268/.352/.480 at Double-A Midland before getting promoted to Triple-A Sacramento. In four games with Sacramento, Goebbert is 3x9 with a double, homer, one strikeout and six walks.