At this point in the season, it seems that all O’s fans are feeling that “Orioles’ Magic.” To those O’s faithful, this year has proven that “Orioles’ Magic” is definitely alive and well.
There are any number of players who have delivered in the clutch and have outplayed expectations. As a whole, the pitching staff has far exceeded expectations (with the exception of Ubaldo Jimenez). Consistency has been a theme for the pitching staff for most of the season. Largely thanks to the staff, the O’s find themselves seven games up in the AL East, despite a projected fourth place finish. Can we give some credit where credit is due though? Wei-Yin Chen is having the best season of his career and is continuing to play well as we head towards October.
Chen joined the Orioles prior to the 2012 season after spending four seasons playing in Japan’s Nippon Baseball League. Chen, who hails from Taiwan, has always been a consistent performer, but coming into 2014, he had a career record of 19-18.
This season, things have really come together for the Orioles’ southpaw and he’s put together a phenomenal season. Chen’s 13 wins lead all Orioles and, as of August 29, were 12th best in the majors. His 3.76 ERA is lowest he’s posted in his career, and Chen has nearly four strikeouts for every walk he’s allowed.
Chen’s best season of his career is coming at the best possible time for the O’s, who are playing some of their best baseball as of late. There is increasing pressure being put on the pitching staff to keep runs off the board due to Manny Machado’s season-ending knee injury.
In his last 10 starts, Chen has posted a 6-2 record. He has not logged more than one loss in any month yet this season and his opponent batting average has dropped each subsequent month. For the Orioles to continue to win, Chen will be integral.
Pitching is what it takes to win in October and with the play of the Taiwanese ‘MLB Show’ cover athlete, Wei-Yin Chen, the O’s look poised to make a run at the AL pennant and possibly the World Series.