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Wei-Yin Chen | Starting Pitcher

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/21/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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The Orioles will exercise Wei-Yin Chen's $4.75 million option for 2015.
It's obviously a no-brainer move. Chen has proved to be a bargain, as the O's paid him just $11 million over the last three seasons to post a 3.86 ERA and 1.27 WHIP across 86 starts. He'll be an integral part of their rotation again next season. Oct 17 - 9:43 AM

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Wei-Yin Chen was solid but not good enough Tuesday, getting charged with two runs on seven hits and a walk over 5 1/3 frames in the ALCS Game 3 loss.

Chen struck out four and all seven hits he allowed were singles. He gave up an RBI groundout in the fourth, though, and the go-ahead run came home in the sixth on a sac fly by Billy Butler after the lefty exited the game. The Orioles will turn to Miguel Gonzalez in Game 4 as they look to stave off elimination.
Oct 14 - 11:19 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that Wei-Yin Chen will still start Game 3 of the ALCS against the Royals on Tuesday.

Monday's scheduled game got pushed back to Tuesday because of rain, but Showalter isn't making any changes. Chen allowed five runs over just 3 2/3 innings in Game 2 of the ALDS against the Tigers back on October 3.
Oct 13 - 4:47 PM

Wei-Yin Chen looked good early but lost it in a hurry Friday, allowing five runs over just 3 2/3 frames but escaping with a no-decision in a 7-6 win over the Tigers in Game 2 of the ALDS.

Chen allowed just one baserunner through three scoreless innings to start off the game, but he was lit up in the fourth for six hits -- including back-to-back homers -- before being lifted. The good news for the Orioles is that Kevin Gausman and Brad Brach yielded just one run over the next 4 1/3 frames before the O's rallied to take the lead. Miguel Gonzalez will take on David Price Sunday as Baltimore looks to close out the series.
Oct 3 - 4:32 PM

Wei-Yin Chen will start for the Orioles in Game 2 of their ALDS matchup with the Tigers.

Chris Tillman is starting Game 1 on Thursday. Chen went 16-6 during the regular season with a 3.54 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 136/35 K/BB ratio in 185 2/3 innings. He'll be facing off against Justin Verlander on Friday.
Oct 2 - 2:21 PM

Wei-Yin Chen gave up three runs -- two earned -- in six innings Saturday in a loss to the Blue jays.

Toronto got to him for two runs in the third inning on a pair of RBI doubles and then one more run in the fifth on a Christian Walker fielding error. Chen allowed five hits in all and issued one walk. He struck out three. The left-hander will finish the 2014 regular season with a cool 16-6 record, 3.54 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 136/35 K/BB ratio in 185 2/3 innings.
Sep 27 - 6:36 PM

Wei-Yin Chen picked up his 16th win by holding the Blue Jays to two runs in 5 2/3 innings on Monday.

Chen is the first Orioles left-hander to win 16 games since Jimmy Key in 1997. Actually, he's just the second Orioles pitcher using either hand to win 16 games this millennium, joining Chris Tillman (16 wins in 2013). Since 1990, they've had only one pitcher win more than 16 games; Mike Mussina did it four times.
Sep 15 - 10:51 PM

Wei-Yin Chen tossed seven innings of one-run ball in Wednesday's 10-6 victory over the Red Sox.

The lone run he allowed was on a Xander Bogaerts solo shot in the bottom of the seventh inning. Chen was dominant, yielding only three total hits and zero walks while fanning four. He'll carry a 15-4 record, 3.59 ERA, and 1.21 WHIP into his next start at home versus the Blue Jays. Baltimore is 27 games above .500.
Sep 10 - 5:07 PM

Wei-Yin Chen did not allow a run in six innings of work on Friday.

Chen struck out three and walked three, scattering four hits. Neither he nor Tampa starter Alex Cobb factored into the decision in this one. The 29-year old has a 3.69 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 119/31 K/BB ratio and a 14-4 record. He'll shoot for win fifteen when he faces off with the Red Sox in his next start.
Sep 6 - 1:44 AM

Wei-Yin Chen struck out seven while allowing four runs over 6 2/3 innings in Sunday's win over the Twins.

Chen gave up a two-run homer to Trevor Plouffe in the fourth, one of eight hits allowed on the afternoon. Chen has been plenty good this season, owning a 3.83 ERA through 26 starts, but the fact that he's among the league leaders in wins at 14-4 speaks to the fluky nature of the statistic. Even so, Chen and the Orioles will surely take it. The left-hander will square off with the Rays in Tampa on Friday.
Aug 31 - 5:11 PM

Orioles optioned LHP Wei-Yin Chen to the Gulf Coast League Orioles.

It's just a paper move, as Chen will rejoin the rotation on Sunday. Steve Clevenger has taken his spot on the roster.
Aug 27 - 3:20 PM

Wei-Yin Chen got a no-decision despite failing to make it through the fifth inning as the Orioles defeated the Rays 4-2 on Tuesday.

Chen didn't have his best stuff on Tuesday, failing to record a strikeout on any of the 22 batters he faced. Overall, he yielded seven hits and three walks. He was lucky to have only allowed the two runs, as Brad Brach bailed him out to finish off the fifth inning. Chen has a 3.76 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP, and a 109/28 K/BB ratio. The lefty, still 13-4, will match up against the Twins at home on Tuesday in his next start.
Aug 26 - 11:37 PM

Wei-Yin Chen improved to 13-4 after allowing three runs in 7 1/3 innings Wednesday against the White Sox.

Darren O'Day and Zach Britton combined to make a 4-3 lead stand up. Chen is now just two wins away from being the fourth Orioles left-hander to get to 15 in the last 30 years. Jeff Ballard had 18 in 1989, Jimmy Key had 16 in 1997 and Erik Bedard had 15 in 2006. Before that, Orioles lefties like Dave McNally, Mike Cuellar, Mike Flanagan and Scott McGregor used to do it regularly.
Aug 20 - 11:11 PM

Wei-Yin Chen fired seven innings of one-run ball Friday in a no-decision against the Indians.

Chen held his own with Corey Kluber taking care of business on the other side, giving up just four hits and one walk to go along with six strikeouts. The only run scored on a solo homer from Zach Walters in the fifth inning. It was a solid bounceback performance after he gave up four runs over five innings against the Blue Jays last time out. Chen will bring a 3.76 ERA into a start against the Cubs next week and makes for an appealing matchup play.
Aug 16 - 12:03 AM

Tuesday's game between the Yankees and Orioles has been postponed due to inclement weather in the forecast.

The two teams will make the game as part of a doubleheader on September 12. Tuesday's starters, Shane Greene and Wei-Yin Chen, will presumably be pushed back a day.
Aug 12 - 2:55 PM

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C1Caleb Joseph
2Nick Hundley
3Steve Clevenger
4Matt Wieters
1B1Steve Pearce
2Christian Walker
2B1Jonathan Schoop
2Alexi Casilla
SS1J.J. Hardy
3B1Chris Davis
2Kelly Johnson
3Ryan Flaherty
4Jimmy Paredes
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LF1David Lough
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CF1Adam Jones
RF1Nick Markakis
DH1Nelson Cruz
2Delmon Young
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Tillman
2Wei-Yin Chen
3Bud Norris
4Miguel Gonzalez
5Kevin Gausman
6Johan Santana
Relief Pitcher
R1Zach Britton
2Tommy Hunter
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4Andrew Miller
5Brian Matusz
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