Saturday, June 18, 2016

Chatwood-Chen matchup highlights matinee

Wei-Yin Chen can't seem to limit the long ball, while Tyler Chatwood has had no problem doing so. The two hurlers will face off as the Marlins and Rockies clash in the second of four games on Saturday at Marlins Park.
In his last time out against the Padres, Chen (4-2, 4.68 ERA) became the first Marlins pitcher to pick up a victory while yielding four home runs. The southpaw has allowed seven round-trippers over his last two starts and 15 this season, tied for second most in the National League behind Max Scherzer.
Trending in the opposite direction is Chatwood (8-4, 2.89 ERA). The right-hander has surrendered just six home runs in 84 innings and hasn't allowed one in five straight starts, despite three of those outings taking place at the hitter-friendly Coors Field. Chatwood has gone 3-1 with a 2.43 ERA during that span.
Both Chen and Chatwood have made just one career start against each other's teams, both resulting in losses. Chen allowed four earned over 6 1/3 innings in 2013 as a member of the Orioles, while the Marlins tagged Chatwood for six runs over four innings in 2012.
Three things to know about this game
• Chatwood owns a Major League-best 0.65 ERA on the road this season. Colorado has won all six of his starts away from Denver.
• In 76 career games against National League West teams, Giancarlo Stanton is hitting .306 with 52 doubles, two triples, 58 homers and 156 RBIs. Despite struggling of late, the power hitter leads all active players in slugging percentage against the N.L. West.
• Marlins second baseman Derek Dietrich returned to the starting lineup on Friday for the first time since Monday. He was hit by a pitch and sustained a bruised left foot in Monday's game against San Diego.

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