Phillies: Five things to watch for vs the Rockies

Jul 9, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of the sunset in the sixth inning of the game between the Colorado Rockies and the Philadelphia Phillies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 9, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of the sunset in the sixth inning of the game between the Colorado Rockies and the Philadelphia Phillies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 7, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood (32) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
May 7, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood (32) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /

Keep an eye on Tyler Chatwood

As alluded to earlier, the Rockies pitchers take a major hit when pitching at home thanks to the thin atmosphere. A perfect example is 27-year-old Tyler Chatwood, whose home vs away stats are day and night, not just this year, but in his career.

In fact, Chatwood might be an interesting option for the Phillies come free agency this winter.

Feb 16, 2017; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood (32) throws during a workout at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 16, 2017; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood (32) throws during a workout at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports /

A career ERA of 4.28 in 106 games scares away most of the marketplace, but consider Chatwood not making 15 appearances at home every season.

Chatwood’s ERA in Colorado is awful, sitting at 5.16 in 289.2 innings for the Rockies. Outside of the unfriendly confines, the righty has a 3.32 ERA in 263.1 innings. Opponents hit nearly 50 points better against Chatwood in Colorado compared to the road.

Some of the Phils hitters also have Chatwood’s number; Franco is 2-5, Rupp is 3-5, and Galvis is 2-6.

So keep an eye on Chatwood this week when he faces the Phillies, because not only may he surprise you, but he could swap his purple and black for some red and white.

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