Chen struck out eight in seven scoreless innings Friday against the Reds, allowing three hits and no walks in a no-decision. Chen had a fantastic outing Friday but was locked in a pitcher's duel against the Reds' Luis Castillo. Since the beginning of August, Chen has gone 3-3 with a 2.53 ERA in eight starts, recording 48 strikeouts in 46.1 innings. The left-hander sports a 4.66 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 25 starts on the year. He'll take on the Nationals in his next start in Washington.
Chen (6-11) allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out four over four innings Friday, taking the loss against Philadelphia. Chen gave up three runs in the second inning and two more in the fourth before leaving the game having thrown 79 pitches (47 strikes). He hadn't surrendered more than three runs in a start since July 30 against Atlanta prior to Friday's outing, posting a 1.84 ERA with 36 punchouts through his previous six performances (39.2 innings). He'll look for a better outcome Thursday versus Cincinnati.
Chen (6-10) took the loss Saturday at Pittsburgh, allowing three runs on five hits over four innings. He struck out six and walked two. Chen threw first-pitch strikes to only seven of the 18 batters he faced as he needed 86 pitches to get through four innings. The 33-year-old had a 1.44 ERA and 0.80 WHIP over his last five starts before Saturday and will look to regain that form against the Mets next Thursday.
Chen (5-9) allowed six hits and two walks while striking out 10 across six scoreless innings to earn the win Saturday against the Braves. Chen's 10 strikeouts were a season best, and he generated an impressive 15 swinging strikes in the process. He has turned in four strong August starts, allowing only four earned runs across 23.1 innings. Even with that stretch, his 4.91 ERA and 1.37 WHIP this season don't stand out. However, he has a 1.86 ERA in 63 innings at home this season, making him a viable streamer whenever he's pitching at Marlins Park.
Chen didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 7-5 extra-inning win over the Nationals, allowing two runs on five hits over 5.2 innings while striking out three. The southpaw exited the game in line for his fifth win of the year after throwing 83 pitches (54 strikes), but the Marlins bullpen wasn't able to make the lead hold up. Chen will take a 5.20 ERA into his next start Friday at home against the Braves.