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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

[Wei-Yin] Chen gives Orioles left-handed starter

I didn’t see an NMA animation for this, unfortunately :-(

In the latest move of the ongoing effort to stabilize their starting rotation, the Orioles officially signed left-hander Wei-Yin Chen out of Taiwan on Tuesday, agreeing to a three-year contract that includes a club option for 2015…

“It’s a unique situation based upon his age, the fact that he’s left-handed, our need and the acquisition cost was really [just] the cost of the contract,” Duquette said of Chen, who was not subject to a posting fee because he was released by the Chunichi Dragons…

Chen spent the past four years with the Dragons in Japan’s Central League, going 38-30 with a 2.48 ERA in 117 games (88 starts). The lefty posted a 2.68 ERA in 25 appearances last season and will be the first Taiwanese-born player in Orioles history, as Duquette, who also signed Japanese pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada earlier this offseason, continues to ramp up the organization’s international efforts.

Chen works off a fastball that routinely clocks in between 92-94 mph, and he is lauded for his exceptional command and use of a “slurve-like” breaking ball for his out pitch. His signing, coupled with Wada and the club’s trade for Dana Eveland, gives the O’s depth at the starting pitching position, fostering competition among their young hurlers and ensuring that setup man Jim Johnson will remain in the bullpen… While Wada could also be moved to the bullpen depending on what happens in camp, Chen figures to be solely used as a starter.

The District Attorney Posted: January 11, 2012 at 09:28 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. ajnrules Posted: January 11, 2012 at 11:09 PM (#4034790)
Don't worry. Give it a few days and there will be an animation.

Anyways, excited about this, not necessary because I think he'll do well, but that'll I'll get to cheer on a fellow Taiwanese player. It'll make up for missing seeing Fu-Te Ni.
   2. Ray (CTL) Posted: January 12, 2012 at 12:43 AM (#4034863)
Wei-Yin] Chen gives Orioles left-handed starter


Do people who think handedness matters for starters ever stop to think that it makes no sense? I can see the need for a lefty reliever (although even there teams can certainly get by without any), but a lefty starter?
   3. tshipman Posted: January 12, 2012 at 12:56 AM (#4034866)
Do people who think handedness matters for starters ever stop to think that it makes no sense? I can see the need for a lefty reliever (although even there teams can certainly get by without any), but a lefty starter?


Imo, handedness matters for starters for the following reasons:

1. Stadium configuration (Yankee Stadium historically for example).
2. Teams often do not take star lefties out of the lineup, and the platoon split for righties is smaller.
3. Game Theory--without lefty starters, there would be almost exclusively left-handed hitters.
   4. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: January 12, 2012 at 01:04 AM (#4034868)
Imo, handedness matters for starters for the following reasons:

1. Stadium configuration (Yankee Stadium historically for example).
2. Teams often do not take star lefties out of the lineup, and the platoon split for righties is smaller.
3. Game Theory--without lefty starters, there would be almost exclusively left-handed hitters.


This makes sense, but you still haven't answered the question of whether you ever stop to think that it makes no sense.
   5. Curse of the Andino Posted: January 12, 2012 at 02:47 AM (#4034896)
Do people who think handedness matters for starters ever stop to think that it makes no sense? I can see the need for a lefty reliever (although even there teams can certainly get by without any), but a lefty starter?


"Old School" baseball demands at least one left-hander in the rotation. And I'm remembering that from a year when the Orioles had not one, not two, not three, but four different soft-tossing lefties in the rotation at one point or another. One of the old Baltimore Sun reporters, think it was Steadman, indicated that he knew the Orioles didn't have a prayer in '88, 'cuz they had not a single quality left-hander anymore.

/For some reason, that article stuck with me, but I think even then I knew the Birds had other problems...
   6. Curse of the Andino Posted: January 12, 2012 at 03:02 AM (#4034900)
Anyways, excited about this, not necessary because I think he'll do well, but that'll I'll get to cheer on a fellow Taiwanese player. It'll make up for missing seeing Fu-Te Ni.


Two doors down from me is a home owned by someone connected with the Taiwanese Embassy Friendship Center, that usually houses an entire family which has been posted here. The inhabitants were pretty excited when Chien-Ming Wang got called up by the Nats, Chen Wei-Yin might interest them as well--he at least has the potential to throw harder than the other guys Baltimore's been signing lately.

   7. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: January 12, 2012 at 09:10 AM (#4034967)
tshipman's #3 matters more in aggregate than for a specific team.

I'll add that I think having a lefty starter matters more for playoff caliber teams than others - as:
1) I believe that these teams have, on average, a higher percentage of PA going to guys hitting lefty than non-playoff clubs. (Can anyone verify?)
2) Crispix's second point becomes a bigger deal.
3) Teams pursue more short-run strategies in the playoffs.
4) Each round is "winner take all" - not having a lefty may wash out as an advantage/disadvantage against a given team over the course of a season - but not a single series.

Having said that, I'd be very wiling to forego a lefty starter, if the circumstances seemed to call for it.
   8. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: January 12, 2012 at 09:13 AM (#4034969)
I thought MLB insisted that it's "Chinese Taipei," not Taiwan.

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