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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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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

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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

Wei-Yin Chen faltered on Wednesday and took his fourth loss, yielding four runs over five innings to the Blue Jays.

Chen entered the start having been on a run of good pitching, but the Jays were up to the challenge. The lefty was taken for eight hits and a pair of walks, though he did manage to strike out six. Jose Bautista struck a big blow, hitting a two-run home run in the second inning to double the Jays' run total. Chen, with a 3.90 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP, and a 96/23 K/BB ratio, will try to right the ship on Monday in a home start against the Yankees.
Aug 6 - 10:05 PM

Wei-Yin Chen delivered another impressive outing in Friday's victory over the Mariners, allowing just one run on five hits over 7 1/3 innings of work.

The veteran left-hander punched out eight on the night while walking only one. The only blemish on his evening was an RBI double by Kendrys Morales in the fourth inning. Now 12-3 on the season, he'll head into Thursday's start against the Blue Jays in Toronto with a 3.76 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 90/21 K/BB ratio.
Aug 1 - 9:56 PM

Wei-Yin Chen blanked the Mariners for eight innings Thursday, combining with Darren O'Day on a five-hitter.

Chen fired seven shutout innings against the Red Sox back on June 11. Since then, he'd allowed three earned runs or more in five of six starts, and didn't surrender less than two in any. That stretch saw his ERA spike from 3.76 to 4.21. It's back down to 3.96, a number he'll defend against the Angels next week.
Jul 25 - 12:59 AM

Wei-Yin Chen improved his record to 9-3, allowing three runs over 5 2/3 innings as the Orioles won by a 4-3 margin over the Nationals on Thursday.

Chen narrowly outpitched Gio Gonzalez and received just enough run support to eke out the victory. The lefty yielded eight hits without a walk while striking out six. Chen will go into the All-Star break carrying a 4.15 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, and a 75/18 K/BB ratio.
Jul 10 - 10:06 PM

Wei-Yin Chen earned his eighth win, allowing two runs over six innings as the Orioles wrapped up a 5-2 victory on Thursday.

Chen battled through a rainy evening in Baltimore, allowing six hits and walking two while striking out four. Chen is now 8-3 with a 4.12 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP, and a 69/18 K/BB ratio. He'll go up against the Nationals on the road in his next start.
Jul 3 - 11:48 PM

Wei-Yin Chen allowed five earned runs over 3 1/3 innings in a loss to the Rays on Saturday.

It was the shortest start of his career. The Rays got to Chen for seven hits -- including three home runs -- pushing his season ERA from 3.84 to 4.19. He will try to bounce back next week against the Rangers.
Jun 28 - 7:32 PM

Wei-Yin Chen blanked the Red Sox for seven innings Wednesday, combining with Darren O'Day and Zach Britton on a four-hit shutout.

If there's any good news for the Red Sox, it's that they somehow salvaged a game during a three-game series in which they were limited to one run in 27 innings. Chen struck out a season-high seven tonight. He's been a solid, reliable starter for the Orioles since arriving prior to 2012, but rarely has he been spectacular. This is the first time since May 12, 2013 that he's gone a start without allowing a run (and he pitched only five innings that game before suffering a strained oblique that sidelined him for nearly two months).
Jun 12 - 12:02 AM

Wei-Yin Chen pitched well in a no-decision against the Athletics on Friday, surrendering just two runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Chen struck out four and didn’t issue a walk in the ballgame. The only scoring against him came on a pair of solo home runs off the bats of Josh Donaldson and Derek Norris. He left in line for his seventh victory of the season, but the Orioles bullpen was unable to hang on for him. Chen will bring a 4.13 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 50/11 K/BB ratio into Wednesday’s start against the Red Sox.
Jun 6 - 10:45 PM

Wei-Yin Chen allowed five runs, including three home runs, over five innings in a no-decision against the Brewers on Tuesday.

All five of the Brewers' runs came via the homer, as a Carlos Gomez three-run home run preceded solo shots by Mark Reynolds and Khris Davis. He gave up seven hits in total, striking out six. The rough outing raised his ERA to 4.50 after being at 3.69 two starts ago. He's got a pretty good shot to get back on track Sunday at the Astros.
May 28 - 12:19 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Caleb Joseph
2Nick Hundley
3Matt Wieters
1B1Chris Davis
2Steve Pearce
2B1Jonathan Schoop
SS1J.J. Hardy
3B1Manny Machado
2Kelly Johnson
3Ryan Flaherty
4Jimmy Paredes
LF1David Lough
2Alejandro De Aza
CF1Adam Jones
RF1Nick Markakis
DH1Nelson Cruz
2Delmon Young
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Tillman
2Bud Norris
3Miguel Gonzalez
4Wei-Yin Chen
5Kevin Gausman
6Johan Santana
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Zach Britton
2Tommy Hunter
3Darren O'Day
4Andrew Miller
5Brian Matusz
6Brad Brach
7Ubaldo Jimenez
8Evan Meek
9Joe Saunders