Chen has posted a 4.50 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 11:2 K:BB through 12 innings of relief in June, recording two holds in nine appearances.
It may not seem like much, but those numbers are a huge improvement for the veteran lefty on his first two months of the season as he transitions to a bullpen role. Chen is the highest-paid Marlin left on the roster -- he's earning $20 million this year and has another two seasons and $38 million left on his deal afterwards -- so if he can continue to find some success as a middle reliever or setup man, the team might just be able to find a taker for him by the trade deadline.
Chen gave up a hit and a walk over two scoreless innings of relief while striking out one in Thursday's loss to the Cubs.
While the southpaw's 9.69 ERA and 2.08 WHIP aren't going to attract much trade interest, Chen is showing signs of growing comfortable in a relief role, tossing six scoreless innings over his last four appearances with a 5:1 K:BB. The Marlins would love to shed his contract, but he'll need a longer run of success in long relief before that's got a chance of happening.
Chen was charged with 10 runs on seven hits -- including four home runs -- and two walks over two innings in Tuesday's loss to the Reds. He struck out three.
The veteran portsider threw 66 pitches (42 strikes) and while there's no silver lining here for his individual performance, Chen at least saved the Marlins' bullpen from being depleted in a 14-0 rout. He now has a nearly incomprehensible 24.75 ERA and has walked five batters in four innings as he attempts to transition to a relief role.
Chen didn't record an out, giving up a hit and a walk, to begin the ninth inning of Sunday's win over the Rockies.
It's interesting that Don Mattingly brought Chen in rather than Adam Conley to face two left-handed batters (Charlie Blackmon and David Dahl) in a save situation, but the veteran hurler did little to encourage the Marlins manager to repeat the experiment. Chen could need some time to adjust to relief work -- only four of his previous 174 MLB appearances came out of the bullpen -- but given his hefty contract, the club has plenty of incentive to find a role for him that might give him some trade value.
Manager Don Mattlingly announced Sunday that Chen will pitch out of the bullpen to start the season, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports.
The news isn't overly surprising as there's been indications throughout spring that Chen could be slated for some type of bullpen role. The team has yet to announce its official plans for the starting rotation, so the rest of that picture remains a bit murky.
Chen could occasionally be deployed out of the bullpen this season even if he breaks camp with a spot in Miami's rotation, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
The Marlins have yet to formally outline their rotation plans, but Frisaro suggests the club could be leaning toward carrying seven starters into Opening Day and using two of them as relief/spot-start options. With 12 runs allowed over 11.1 innings this spring, Chen hasn't helped his case for solidifying a permanent rotation spot, so he may be earmarked for one of the swing roles that Frisaro envisions. After demoting Jarlin Garcia and Brian Moran to their minor-league camp Tuesday, the Marlins are lacking in other lefty bullpen arms besides Adam Conley, which offers further incentive for the team to keep another southpaw in Chen on hand in relief, at least occasionally.
Chen gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk over four innings in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Braves. He failed to strike out a batter.
The results could have been a lot worse for the veteran lefty, but the Marlins turned three double plays behind him. Chen is still competing for a rotation spot to begin the season, but his 9.53 ERA and 5:3 K:BB through 11.1 spring innings aren't making a good case, and the Miami front office has incentive to limit his workload and consider him for a long-relief role -- his $16 million option for 2021 automatically vests if he throws 360 total innings over the next two seasons.
Chen (6-12) took the loss Wednesday against the Nationals, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks across four innings. He struck out one.
Chen registered three scoreless frames but was ultimately done in by an ugly second inning. He allowed all five runs to score in the second frame on a trio of singles, two walks, a double and an error, all before recording an out. The lackluster outing rounds out what was an inconsistent season for the southpaw, who posted some of the more dramatic home/road splits in recent memory (1.62 ERA at home, 9.27 ERA on the road).
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 (6-9) gave up one run and scattered three hits and no walks while striking out seven over eight innings Saturday in the Marlins' victory over the Blue Jays.
Chen cruised to his second consecutive win while allowing two or fewer earned runs for the fifth straight outing. This was the first time he has worked more than six innings in a start this season, while his 107 pitches represented his third-highest total of the year. His next outing is expected to come next weekend in Pittsburgh.
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.
Chen (4-9) allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks across six innings Sunday while taking the loss against the Mets. He struck out six.
Much of the major damage against Chen came via the long ball, including a two-run home run from Jose Reyes and a solo shot from Michael Conforto in the sixth which proved to be the difference. He could've easily fared better on the day, as Reyes' homer was preceded by an error and a wild pitch to keep the inning alive. Nevertheless, it was Chen's third quality start in the last five and the fourth time he'd allowed three earned runs or fewer in that stretch. He'll look to continue his recent success against the Nationals this weekend.
Chen (4-8) allowed no runs on one hit and two walks while fanning four across 5.2 innings Monday as he notched the win over the Cardinals.
Chen looked sharp following a shaky outing his last time out. He surrendered five runs over five innings July 30 in a loss against Atlanta. Through 18 starts this season, Chen owns a 5.48 ERA and 1.43 WHIP with a 66:36 K:BB over 88.2 innings. His next appearance is scheduled for Sunday versus the Mets.
Chen's start will be moved back to Monday against the Cardinals, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.
Chen has struggled on the road this season, owning a 10.27 ERA and allowing 11 of his 14 home runs away from Marlins Park. As a result, he will swap days with Dan Straily in the rotation, moving to Monday to better the team's chances in both contests. At home this season, Chen sports a 2.18 ERA with just a .208 opposing batting average, but the level of opposition remains rather equal.
Chen (3-8) allowed five runs on five hits and three walks across five innings Monday while taking the loss against the Braves. He recorded one strikeout.
Chen allowed two runs in both the second and third innings before conceding another in the fifth. He gave up solo home runs to Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuna, bringing his total to four long balls allowed in his last four starts. Chen's recent outings serve as a microcosm of his season -- he's delivered a pair of quality starts while allowing 12 earned runs over 9.1 innings in the other two. His ERA now sits at a hefty 5.86 to go along with a 1.49 WHIP and a 6.7 K/9. The veteran will look to bounce back this weekend against the Phillies.
Chen (3-7) earned the win Tuesday against the Braves by allowing three runs on five hits across six innings. He issued three walks and struck out four.
Chen has now tossed a quality start in four of his last five outings, although in the one non-quality start he allowed seven runs. The 33-year-old has a 5.65 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and unimpressive 61:31 K:BB, and lines up to face the Braves on the road next Monday.
Chen (2-7) surrendered one run on five hits and one walk while fanning eight as he was tagged with the loss Friday against the Phillies.
Chen pitched a solid outing, with his only earned run coming in the second inning off an Aaron Altherr RBI double. Chen has been inconsistent throughout the first half of the 2018 campaign: despite turning in an outstanding performance Friday, he surrendered seven runs across 4.1 innings in his previous start against the Nationals. Chen sits with a 5.75 ERA and 1.50 WHIP with a 57:28 K:BB over 72 innings heading into the All-Star break.
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