It’s a simple formula. Wei-Yin Chen pitches and batters fail to score.
After a seven-inning “No, No” the last time he was on the bump, can the Miami Marlins’ pitcher continue his early season dominance?
Left-hander will take the mound in Philadelphia on Tuesday trying to replicate the exceptional seven no-hit innings he threw against the Mariners last week. Chen was pulled from the game during his no-hit bid when his pitch count reached the century mark. He enters the start with a 2-0 record, a 3.94 ERA and 1.063 WHIP in 16 innings this season.
It’s a long way from where he was last season. This is the pitcher the Marlins envisioned when they signed him last offseason to a deal to join the rotation from Baltimore.
According to MLB.com, he will face Philadelphia for the fifth time in his career and the fourth time with the Marlins. His only scoreless start facing the Phillies came as a member of the Orioles in 2015 when he threw eight shutout innings with nine strikeouts.
The Phillies tagged Chen for multiple runs in all three starts last season, two of which came at Citizens Bank Park. In those three starts, Chen posted a 5.51 ERA.
Philadelphia's offense consistently put runs on the board last year against Chen, something they struggled to do throughout the season. Phillies hitters are 31-for-82 (.378) against Chen.
The Marlins have reworked the rotation with the additions of Dan Straily and Edinson Volquez. Chen has showed more control than last year and is healthy after a second half of the season that was virtually lost due to injury.