Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Chatwood gets call vs. D-backs in rubber game

Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood is picking up where he left off, nearly two full years ago.
Chatwood pitched five innings and ended up with a no-decision in the Rockies' 5-4 victory over the D-backs at Chase Field on April 29, 2014. But issues with the right elbow led to Tommy John surgery that July. In Wednesday afternoon's finale of the three-game, season-opening series with the D-backs at Chase, Chatwood takes the hill for Colorado.
Chatwood, who is 2-0 with a 4.15 ERA in four games (three starts) against the D-backs, will face lefty Patrick Corbin, who went 6-5 with a 3.60 ERA in 16 starts last season. Corbin had Tommy John surgery in March 2014.
Three things to know:
• After two homers in this Major League debut on Opening Day, shortstop Trevor Story homered off the D-backs' Shelby Miller on Tuesday to become the first Rockies player since Todd Helton in 1997 to homer in his first two Major League games.
• The D-backs do not have much history against Chatwood. Interestingly, slugger Paul Goldschmidt is 1-for-7 against him, but he also has drawn two walks and a hit by pitch for a .400 on-base percentage.
• Corbin is 5-1 with a 4.30 ERA in 10 starts against the Rockies. He has given up a .303 batting average, but the Rockies have to hit to get on base. He has issued the Rockies just eight walks in 60 2/3 innings.

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