I play in a 19-team league here, so I picked Chacin up on a flyer the day of his first start and he's been gravy the two starts since.
So I've been watching him closely all three starts. Personally, he's been great so far, but my hunch is that he'll start getting blown up before the season is out, maybe by the all-star break or so. He has a bit of a funky delivery, and I wonder if that's part of what's throwing batters off the first times teams see him. I never heard of Chacin as a rising star in the organization, he just kinda showed up last September and took everybody by surprise. He's definitely not a strikeout pitcher, more of a guy who finds a way to throw the right pitch at the right time, induce a lot of ground outs and pop ups. Pat Tabler (Jays commentator) really likes this guy, though, he became a convert the other night, said he was really good at having an idea what he was doing out there strategically, i.e. throwing exactly the pitch that a batter wouldn't be expecting in a given situation.
I wonder if Chacin is just one of those guys who comes up out of nowhere and blows guys away for a while, but then after teams see him a few times they start figuring him out and he gets tonged. Even if that's the case that might suggest leaning towards playing him early on while he's hot, before teams start figuring him out like that. I'm kinda leaning towards starting him against the Yanks on Thursday, for no other reason than I left Hampton on the bench last night and I don't like the idea of leaving another quality start on the bench, that was a quite disgusting experience.
I am still kicking myself for it today. (I personally think I hate wasting good starts more than dislike having a starter get tonged.) But the Yankees have seen Chacin before, so that will be quite interesting. On top of the fact that they're the Yankees and they usually own the Blue Jays at the Skydome. After that his next start is against the D-Rays, that will be another team seeing him for the second time, although the Rays don't scare me enough to stay away from him there.