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2018 Dodgers Review: JT Chargois

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After being acquired by the Dodgers in February, JT Chargois showed signs of being an effective reliever. Slowed by mechanical issues and injury, he didn’t play a factor in the postseason.

What went right

Outside of a shaky stretch in May that saw him give up seven runs over 3 23 innings in five appearances, Chargois did well to prevent runs when he was summoned from the bullpen. The right-hander limited opponents to a .155 average and had a 1.57 ERA in the other 34 games he pitched in.

Overall, Chargois struck out 40 batters in 32 13 innings, displaying a mid-90s fastball to go with a good slider at times.

“He’s got a big arm,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said back in spring. “It really comes out at a lower slot, but the ball has life.”

What went wrong

As the season moved past the opening month, Chargois began to lose some command of his slider. The issues with his mechanics led to a trip to Oklahoma City with the Dodgers optioning him after the aforementioned slide from May 9 to May 22.

“For Chargois, it was more about trying to clean some things up with the delivery,” Roberts told the media in May. “The slider’s been inconsistent. He’s definitely part of the solution. But to get him out of the every-day fire, or whatever it is, of trying to perform up here, give him a chance to catch his breath.”

The Dodgers brought Chargois back to the big leagues after 15 games in OKC that saw him post a 1.80 ERA. The 27-year-old allowed only four runs (three earned) the rest of the way in 15 13 innings but missed over a month with what was described as nerve irritation.

Chargois would finish the season with four blown saves and gave up four home runs on the season. Three of the home runs came against left-handed hitters, who combined for a 1.053 OPS in 33 plate appearances against him.

Inheriting 19 runners throughout the year, Chargois allowed eight to score.

2018 particulars

Age: 27

Stats: 2-4, 3.34 ERA, 39 G, 40 SO, 15 BB, 4 HR, 3.87 FIP, 1.268 WHIP, 11.1 SO/9, 4.2 BB/9

Salary: $550,000

Game of the year

There were four instances where the right-hander pitched a clean inning with multiple strikeouts, but the game we’ll choose here was a perfect inning against the Diamondbacks May 3.

With the Dodgers down 2-1, Chargois set down Chris Owings, Nick Ahmed and Paul Goldschmidt in order and ended up with the win after the Dodgers took the lead in the very next frame.

Roster status

Chargois has one year, 62 days of major league service time and is out of options.