Wei-Yin Chen - Baltimore Orioles SP

Last week I wrote that Wei-Yin Chen had been plagued by some horrific luck after his first two starts of the 2014 season. To summarize, the defense let him down. Opponents were posting a .476 BABIP against Chen over his first 10.2 innings pitched. He had surrendered 21 hits, but hadn’t issued a walk.

It just didn’t add up to me. I wanted to see what Chen liked like with better defensive play behind him. Well, we saw that on Monday night.

6.1 innings, five hits, one earned run. .263 BABIP against. That’s more like it.

Here’s what Buck Showalter told the media after the game, according to MASNSports.com’s Roch Kubatko:

“I thought balls went right at some fielders,” said manager Buck Showalter following a 7-1 victory over the Rays at Camden Yards. “We played real good defense. I didn’t think he was particularly… I thought they centered a lot of balls off him. We were fortunate tonight. Real good defense. Three double plays. Two behind him. They hit a lot of balls hard. Fortunately, we had people where they hit them.

“The baseball gods were kind to him tonight after not being kind to him early on.”

It’s way too early to judge a starter after his first two games.

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