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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
Contract: view contract details

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Wei-Yin Chen took the loss on Wednesday against the Mariners, surrendering four runs in seven innings.
The big blow came in the fourth when Justin Ruggiano slugged a two-run home run to left-center to push the Mariners' lead to 3-0. Chen gave up eight hits overall without issuing a walk and striking out four. The four runs represent the most he's allowed in a single start this season, a testament to how good he's been. The lefty has a 2.90 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP, and a 38/14 K/BB ratio over 49 2/3 innings. Chen will take on the Astros at home the next time he takes the hill. May 20 - 10:12 PM

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Wei-Yin Chen put in a typically strong start against the Angels on Friday, allowing just two runs over seven innings.

Chen pitched great, but Jered Weaver pitched a little better in the pitcher's duel and Chen was saddled with his second loss of the season. The two runs on his line came on a solo home run by Albert Pujols in the first inning and a sacrifice fly by Carlos Perez in the second. After that, Chen put things on cruise control. He struck out seven, walked one and scattered five hits during his time on the mound. Though Chen only has one win this season, his numbers are uniformly great, as he holds a 2.53 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 34/13 K/BB ratio in 42 2/3 innings. He gets a home start against the Mariners next time he toes the rubber.
May 15 - 9:37 PM

Wei-Yin Chen picked up his first victory of the 2015 season on Saturday, limiting the Yankees to one run on five hits over seven innings.

Chen punched out seven batters on the impressive afternoon while issuing just one walk. The only blemish was a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. He has been tremendous early in the season, compiling a 2.52 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 27/12 K/BB ratio across 35 2/3 innings. Chen will look to continue that dominance next Friday against the Angels.
May 9 - 4:03 PM

Wei-Yin Chen yielded just two runs over six innings in a no-decision as the Orioles came back to win against the Rays on Sunday.

The lefty gave up a home run to James Loney in the second inning and an RBI single to Logan Forsythe in the fifth, accounting for all of the scoring in the first five innings. Overall, he gave up seven hits and two walks while striking out four. Though he has an impressive 2.83 ERA, five of the 14 runs he has allowed this season are unearned. Chen also sports a 1.15 WHIP with a 20/11 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings. He'll match up with the Yankees in the Bronx in his next start.
May 3 - 4:55 PM

Wei-Yin Chen pitched a strong game against the Red Sox on Saturday, allowing just two runs over eight innings.

Chen surrendered just four hits while striking out five and walking one in the contest. Despite his sterling start, he didn't factor in the decision, though his team did ultimately pick up a 5-4 extra-innings win. Both runs Chen allowed came courtesy of a Mike Napoli two-run homer in the second inning. The 29-year-old's ERA now sits at 2.78 and he holds a 16/9 K/BB over 22 2/3 innings. He's been incredibly consistent since entering the majors in 2012, having never posted a single-season ERA higher than 4.07. Chen will try to keep on keepin' on against Rays in his next start.
Apr 25 - 10:19 PM

Wei-Yin Chen yielded five unearned runs over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Red Sox on Monday in Boston.

Chen was victimized by bad defense, but he made one of the Orioles' three errors and he also walked five batters, so the loss was warranted. Chen has a cool 3.07 ERA through three starts this season, but that's flanked by a 1.30 WHIP and 11/8 K/BB ratio in 14 2/3 innings. He'll try to show better control next time out against this same Red Sox team.
Apr 20 - 3:13 PM

Wei-Yin Chen allowed a pair of solo home runs, but was otherwise solid over six innings in a no-decision in Monday's loss to the Yankees.

Chris Young took Chen yard in the second inning to put the Yankees up 1-0, then Mark Teixeira went deep in the fourth to tie the game at 2-2. Other than that, Chen was solid, yielding only four hits and a walk in total while striking out four. It was an improvement over last Tuesday's start. Chen will try to keep improving in his next start in Boston against the Red Sox.
Apr 13 - 10:32 PM

Wei-Yin Chen was staked to a big lead but couldn't hold out for the victory, allowing three runs in 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Rays Tuesday.

Chen was handed a six-run lead but couldn't keep the Rays down, giving up four hits and two walks -- and requiring 96 pitches -- in the outing. He was pulled for Kevin Gausman with two on and one out in the fifth inning. Chen is usually better and should bounce back Monday against the Yankees.
Apr 7 - 10:59 PM

Wei-Yin Chen held the Braves to two runs over five innings Thursday in his final spring training outing.

The left-hander surrendered six hits, didn't walk anyone and struck out four. Chen appears to be ready for the regular season, as he now boasts a 2.45 ERA over 18 1/3 innings this spring. He'll start the Orioles' second game of the season.
Apr 2 - 9:52 PM

Wei-Yin Chen pitched three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, Tuesday in his start against the Yankees.

Chen struck out two and walked one. He's pitched five scoreless innings this spring, which is a nice change from his previous two months of March. He gave up nine runs -- seven earned -- in 9 2/3 innings in his first spring with the Orioles in 2013 and nine runs in 12 2/3 innings last year.
Mar 10 - 4:05 PM

According to agent Scott Boras, the Orioles haven't approached him about a contract extension for Wei-Yin Chen.

Chen has been a popular name in trade rumors this winter after going 16-6 with a 3.54 ERA this past season. Chen is making just $4.75 million next year, so he's certainly going to get a raise from someone prior to the 2016 season. Boras clients are notorious for wanting to test the open market, so even if the O's came calling there's no guarantee a deal would get done before Chen hit free agency.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 06:17:00 PM

League-wide interest in Wei-Yin Chen is "very high," according to Orioles executives who talked with Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.

The Orioles have received more inquiry about Chen than any other player, despite the fact that the team isn't shopping the lefty, Connolly said. The club had previously discussed a deal with the Angels in which they would acquire Howie Kendrick for Chen, but it ultimately went nowhere. Chen will make just $4.75 million next season and won 16 games in 2014, making him a valuable asset on the trade market but one who might ultimately be most valuable to the Orioles.
Sat, Dec 6, 2014 07:23:00 PM

Orioles exercised LHP Wei-Yin Chen's $4.75 million option for 2015.

It's a no-brainer. Chen has put up a 3.86 ERA and 1.27 WHIP across 86 starts over the last three seasons for the Orioles, proving to be a bargain after coming over from Japan. He'll be a big part of the Baltimore rotation again next season.
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 06:09:00 PM

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.
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 09:43:00 AM

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.
Tue, Oct 14, 2014 11:19:00 PM

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C1Matt Wieters
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1B1Chris Davis
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2B1Jonathan Schoop
2Ryan Flaherty
3Rey Navarro
SS1J.J. Hardy
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3B1Manny Machado
LF1Alejandro De Aza
2Delmon Young
CF1Adam Jones
RF1Travis Snider
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DH1Jimmy Paredes
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Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Tillman
2Wei-Yin Chen
3Bud Norris
4Miguel Gonzalez
5Ubaldo Jimenez
6Mike Wright
Relief Pitcher
R1Zach Britton
2Tommy Hunter
3Darren O'Day
4Brian Matusz
5Wesley Wright
6Brad Brach
7Jason Garcia
8Kevin Gausman
9T.J. McFarland
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