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  1. Chen pitched 7 innings against the Yankees on Tuesday.

    Comment by Mike M — May 17, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

  2. It was actually 7 innings, not 5.2 innings.

    Comment by Buck Showalter — May 17, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

  3. 5.2 innings was the first time against the Yanks right so he’s only half wrong…Good analysis I picked him up in a dynasty league after he proved himself against some legit offenses and it’s looking good for now. A solid #3 pitcher is what I’m hoping for.

    Comment by chri521 — May 17, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

  4. And he allowed 0 ER, seeing as those two runs came from unchallenged fan interference (http://i811.photobucket.com/albums/zz37/ooterp/orioles/interference.gif)

    Comment by Xavier Avery — May 17, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

  5. Think you would have just missed it, but was a damn fine effort sir.

    Love some of the faces in that gif.

    Comment by Peter R — May 17, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

  6. Extreme flyball pitcher pitching in Camden with a tiny HR/FB percentage. This will definitely last.

    Comment by Donut3 — May 17, 2012 @ 5:21 pm

  7. Ha! I was actually watching that game but I forgot our game logs switched the default order recently… good catch.

    Comment by Jack Moore — May 17, 2012 @ 7:58 pm

  8. Hitters all say the same thing: He hides the ball well so his fastball jumps on you and his changeup is sick which makes his fastball look even faster. He showed a better curve in Japan then he’s shown here so hopefully that improves.

    Comment by eric — May 17, 2012 @ 10:42 pm

  9. Chen isn’t 25. He’ll be 27 in July.

    Comment by Romogenized Melk — May 18, 2012 @ 12:13 am

  10. Looks like from the charts he doesn’t mess around. Goes right after hitters. I think it’s great to see foreign players develop this kind of mentality (Ichiro? Darvish?) Gotta ask though, what’s going to happen to these entry barriers for our domestic organizations if this market becomes more popular? Does this mean more far east players in USA? Or bigger contracts for these kind of players? Thoughts?

    Comment by Jack Raff — May 18, 2012 @ 9:28 am

  11. Thanks for the great article.

    Could you clarify what you meant here: “Chen dominates the area three feet above the zone or higher — roughly the top fifth of the strike zone and everywhere above it.”

    Three feet above what zone?

    Comment by JR — May 18, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

  12. Wasn’t Chen supposed to be that import that topped out at 88 and people were worried his fastball wouldn’t be good enough for the MLB??? If this is the right guy I was thinking of, what the hell happened that he gained 7 mph from last year??

    Comment by A Guy From The World of Tomorrow — May 18, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

  13. The reports I read pre-season talked of his fastball being 92-94 mph, so I’m not sure about this.

    Comment by Sam Samson — May 18, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

  14. I believe there’s a mistake: “Chen dominates the area three feet above the zone or higher — roughly the top fifth of the strike zone and everywhere above it” should read “Chen dominates the area three feet above the ground or higher”

    Interesting that the K rates don’t match the whiff rates on his fastball. I know K rates in general tend to correlate with whiff rates (for all pitches combined), but is there a specific correlation with fastball whiff rates?

    Comment by AlanSP — May 18, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

  15. The guy you are thinking about is the orioles other offseason Asian signing,Tsuyoshi Wada, whose fastball sat about 88 (prior to the Tommy John surgery he just had).

    Comment by JR — May 18, 2012 @ 3:33 pm

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