In the preview to this game, I made a point of voicing my displeasure for Tyler Chatwood and his incessant nibbling at the corners. After this game, I have to say... well, I have to say nothing because Chatwood stepped is game to correct his flaws and now the cat's got my tongue.
Angels 9, Orioles 3
It wasn't that I ever gave up on Chatwood, in fact, quite the opposite. I've been actively rooting for the kid since he got called up. All the sabermetricians have been harping on him for his poor peripherals, but I've been patiently waiting for him to turn those stats around (and he is, by the way) enough to get them to change their tune. But his previous start was such a step in the wrong direction that my faith in Tyler had begun to waiver, well, waiver no more.
A bounce back start for Chatwood was never out of the question, especially since he has had a habit of alternating good and bad starts, but for him to come out and carve up Baltimore for seven innings by striking out five batters and issuing no walks was more than I could hope for. But that wasn't what impressed me the most. 86 pitches. That's all he needed and it exemplifies what a step forward he took.
There was no nibbling, there was no wasting pitches. It was just attack, attack, attack from the first pitch to the last.
Now instead of trying not to lose my faith in Chatwood, I'm going to have to do my best to not get too excited, at least not until he shows this same aggressiveness in his next two or three outings.