Tuesday's Red Sox-Rockies matchups: John Lackey vs. Tyler Chatwood

September 24, 2013 - 10:17 am
John Lackey faces off against Tyler Chatwood and the Rockies as the Red Sox open an interleague series at Coors Field on Tuesday. Lackey (10-12, 3.44 ERA) is coming off the best start of his resurgent season, a complete-game two-hitter against the Orioles last Thursday. Lackey did not surrender a hit until the seventh inning, and he finished with eight strikeouts as the Sox clinched a postseason berth. "Just an outstanding ballgame," manager John Farrell said. "The remake of John Lackey both physically and getting back on the mound and performing as he's done all year mirrors that of this team. It's been a remake and it's somewhat fitting that, to clinch a spot to get into the playoffs with him on the mound and to go nine innings the way he did, like I said, it was very fitting." In his previous two starts, Lackey had given up a total of 11 runs and 15 hits in 12 innings. Lackey originally was scheduled to pitch out of the bullpen in this series, but the Sox decided to move Jake Peavy back a day and give Lackey this start along with Sunday's regular-season finale at Baltimore. Lackey faced the Rockies once this season, on June 26 at Fenway. He allowed two runs in seven innings and struck out a season-high 12 in the 5-3 victory. The Rockies acquired Chatwood (7-5, 3.36 ERA) from the Angels after the 2011 season in exchange for catcher Chris Iannetta. After a seven-inning, 11-strikeout gem at home vs. the Brewers on July 26, Chatwood'€™s ERA stood at 2.48. However, Chatwood has experienced a horrendous five-game stretch since his win against Milwaukee. His ERA and WHIP in those five games are 6.86 and 2.14, respectively. The stretch features back-to-back games in which Chatwood could not make it out of the third inning, against the Braves on July 31 and the Reds on Sept. 1. Between those two dates, Chatwood spent a month on the disabled list with elbow inflammation. Chatwood took a loss against the Cardinals last Wednesday. He threw six innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and striking out one. The three-year pro faced Boston in 2011 with the Angels, in his only career start against the Red Sox. He took a no-decision in six innings, allowing two runs on six hits and five walks. Red Sox vs. Chatwood (RHP) Mike Napoli (6): .400/.500/.400, 1 walk David Ross (5): .400/.400/.600, 1 double, 2 RBIs Shane Victorino (5): .000/.200/.000, 1 walk, 1 strikeout David Ortiz (3): .500/.667/1.000, 1 double, 1 walk Dustin Pedroia (3): 1.000/1.000/1.000, 1 walk Mike Carp (3): .333/.333/.667, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout Jacoby Ellsbury (3): .333/.333/.333, 2 RBIs John McDonald has one double in three plate appearances against Chatwood. No other Red Sox batters have faced Chatwood. Rockies vs. Lackey (RHP) Michael Cuddyer (24): .318/.375/.864, 4 HR, 6 RBIs, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts Yorvit Torrealba (14): .286/.286/.429, 2 doubles, 6 strikeouts Carlos Gonzalez (12): .333/.333/.417, 1 double, 4 strikeouts Todd Helton (11): .400/.455/.800, 1 HR, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 2 strikeouts Jonathan Herrera (4): .250/.250/.250, 1 strikeout DJ LeMahieu (4): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Nolan Arenado (3): .333/.333/.333, 2 strikeouts Wilin Rosario (3): .667/.667/.1.000, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout Josh Rutledge (3): .000/.000/.000 No other Rockies batters have faced Lackey.