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Wei-Yin Chen | Starting Pitcher

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (30) / 7/21/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Wei-Yin Chen was hit hard in a no-decision against the Tigers on Friday, surrendering six runs on 10 hits in just 3 1/3 innings of work.
Despite getting knocked around the field, Chen did manage to punch out six without issuing a walk in the brief outing. It was easily the worst start of the year for the 30-year-old southpaw, who had surrendered more than three runs just once in his first 19 starts. Even after this debacle, he'll carry an impressive 3.24 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 102/26 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's start against the Athletics in Oakland. Jul 31 - 10:42 PM

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Wei-Yin Chen earned the win on Sunday facing the Rays, allowing only two runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Both runs came on back-to-back solo homers hit by Evan Longoria and Logan Forsythe in the fourth inning. Chen gave up six hits overall while walking one and striking out three. He has allowed three or fewer runs in 11 consecutive starts now, and boasts a terrific 2.88 ERA with a 1.13 WHIP and a 96/26 K/BB ratio over 121 2/3 innings. Chen opposes the Tigers at home in his next outing.
Jul 26 - 4:08 PM

Wei-Yin Chen lost to the Yankees on Tuesday after giving up three runs in 6 1/3 innings.

The lefty did so on 10 hits, but didn't walk a batter and struck out three. The Yankees broke through with run-scoring doubles in the second and sixth innings in a relatively low-scoring affair. Chen has a 2.86 ERA with a 1.12 WHIP and a 93/25 K/BB ratio in 116 1/3 innings. He'll do battle with the light-hitting Rays in his next outing, a road start.
Jul 21 - 10:29 PM

Wei-Yin Chen allowed three runs -- two earned -- over eight innings Sunday in a loss to the Nationals.

Chen gave up eight hits but walked none and fanned seven in the strong outing. It just so happened that he was facing Max Scherzer, who's on an incredible roll. Chen finishes the first half of the season with a brilliant 2.78 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 90/25 K/BB ratio in 110 innings.
Jul 12 - 3:58 PM

Wei-Yin Chen tossed seven innings of two-run ball, but was left with a no-decision as the Orioles lost 4-2 to the Twins in 10 innings on Monday.

Chen allowed four hits and three walks while striking out five. Like opposing starter Phil Hughes, the only two runs the lefty allowed scored on solo home runs: to Torii Hunter in the first inning and to Aaron Hicks in the second. Chen's underrated season continues, as he is brandishing a 2.82 ERA with a 1.10 WHIP and an 83/25 K/BB ratio in 102 innings. He will close out the first half with a home start against the Nationals.
Jul 6 - 11:12 PM

Wei-Yin Chen tossed eight dominant innings in a win against the Rangers on Wednesday, allowing only two runs.

Chen scattered four hits and a walk while striking out two. Both runs came on solo home runs by Shin-Soo Choo and Ryan Rua in the third and fourth innings, respectively. Chen had also pitched well on Friday in his return to the Orioles' rotation. He now owns a 2.84 ERA with a 1.11 WHIP and a 78/22 K/BB ratio over 95 innings. The lefty will take on the Twins on the road in his next outing.
Jul 1 - 9:27 PM

Wei-Yin Chen looked good in his return to the Orioles rotation on Friday, allowing two runs on seven hits over six innings in a no-decision against the Indians.

The southpaw whiffed five on the night while walking a pair. All of the damage against him came via the long ball, with Ryan Raburn and Brandon Moss each belting solo home runs. He'll look for further improve upon his sparkling 2.90 ERA when he does battle against the Rangers on Wednesday.
Jun 26 - 11:36 PM

Orioles recalled LHP Wei-Yin Chen from High-A Frederick.

The Orioles wanted to give the veteran southpaw some extra rest and skip a start, so they made a controversial move by sending him down to High-A for a week. He'll bring a 2.89 ERA and 1.12 WHIP into Friday's matchup against the Indians.
Jun 26 - 6:52 PM

Wei-Yin Chen is slated to rejoin the Orioles' rotation on Friday against the Indians.

Chen was sent down to High-A Frederick last week in a controversial move. The southpaw boasts a 2.89 ERA this season and will be a good play versus the Tribe's left-handed heavy lineup.
Jun 21 - 12:16 PM

Orioles optioned LHP Wei-Yin Chen to High-A Frederick.

Chen was going to be skipped in Toronto because the Blue Jays excel against left-handed pitching, so the O's decided to open a roster spot by moving him to the minors for a bit. Chen tossed eight scoreless innings against the Phillies on Monday, lowering his ERA to 2.89.
Jun 16 - 4:16 PM

Wei-Yin Chen held the Phillies scoreless over eight innings, earning the win on Monday.

It was a combination of the Phillies' feeble offense performing as advertised and Chen pitching effectively. The lefty limited the opposition to four hits and a walk while fanning nine. Chen has quietly put together a sterling 2015 campaign, owning a 2.89 ERA with a 1.12 WHIP and a 71/19 K/BB ratio over 81 innings. He'll look to repeat the performance over the weekend in a tough road match-up with the powerful Blue Jays.
Jun 15 - 9:46 PM

Wei-Yin Chen struck out a season-high nine in a no-decision during Thursday afternoon's 3-2 win over the Astros.

Chen's previous strikeout high this season was seven, which he achieved in back-to-back starts in mid-May. Against the Astros, the only runs to smudge his line came on a solo homer by Hank Conger in the third inning and a sacrifice fly by Evan Gattis in the fourth. He scattered five hits over 6 1/3 innings while walking two. With a career K/9 of 6.9, Chen's not going to pump up the K count too often, but even with his relatively low strikeout rate, he remains one of the most consistent starters in the bigs and currently boasts a 3.18 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 57/17 K/BB ratio over 68 innings. Chen will have a chance to strut his stuff against the Red Sox next Wednesday.
Jun 4 - 5:16 PM

Wei-Yin Chen overcame some early troubles against the Rays on Saturday, eventually lasting seven innings while surrendering three runs on six hits.

There was talk of Chen being pushed back from this start with undisclosed soreness, but he was able to give it a go. He surrendered solitary runs in each of the first three innings and served up solo home runs to Steve Souza and Joey Butler in the second and third innings, respectively, before settling down to give the Orioles seven innings. The home run continues to be a dark shade on what's been a very good season--he's allowed 10 long balls in 61 2/3 innings. Homers aside, Chen is posting rock solid numbers across the board, with a 3.21 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 48/15 K/BB ratio. He's been the model of consistency this season, having allowed three or fewer earned runs in nine of his 10 starts. Assuming there's no setback with his injury, he'll face the Astros in his next outing.
May 30 - 6:17 PM

Wei-Yin Chen will start Saturday against the Rays.

Chen recently dealt with some undisclosed soreness, but it's apparently not a major concern. The southpaw has a 3.13 ERA and 44/14 K/BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings over his first nine starts this season.
May 28 - 4:15 PM

Wei-Yin Chen could have his next start pushed back.

It's not clear exactly what's ailing Chen, but the Orioles have listed his spot Saturday against the Rays as to-be-determined. There should be an update soon. Chen owns a sharp 3.13 ERA, 1.189 WHIP, and 44/14 K/BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings (nine starts) this season.
Source: MASN
May 28 - 1:13 PM

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