Sep 20, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Baltimore Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen (16) looks in in the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
#5 – Wei-Yin Chen
Chen only made four starts in September, and two of them were wins and quality seven-inning starts against the Royals and Rays.
His first start was a loss to the Yankees on the 7th of the month — a game where he got hit around with nine hits over five innings, yielding four earned runs on two homers. The long ball is his nemesis, which is why I think he’ll end up with the Mariners next year.
And his final start was a loss to the Red Sox where he deserved a better fate. But someone forgot to take the bats along to Boston. Chen only gave up two of the eight runs in the 8-0 loss.
It has been a solid year for Chen. He is not quite going to make it to 200 innings, being at 185 right now. But his ERA is at 3.35, which has had him hovering around the 10th-best spot in the American League. This is a solid starter … not spectacular, but very good. It was a good investment at a time when others have been less fulfilling.
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