On waivers waiting to see my fate. Hopefully someone could use a lefty the rest of the way. Everything happens for a reason!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.
— Travis Blackley (@Travis_Blackley) August 8, 2013
As tweeted by Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle -
#Astros add LHP Kevin Chapman. Travis Blackley DFA. #MLBSo 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.
— Brian T. Smith (@ChronAstros) August 8, 2013
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.