Nobody is satisfied with how Wei-Yin Chen’s Marlins contract played out (not even Chen himself). Miami committed to Chen for five guaranteed years; he missed time with injuries during each of the first three, then spent the fourth exiled to an irrelevant mop-up role. On Wednesday, he was literally exiled from the 40-man roster. The veteran left-hander is on the verge of being released despite the $22 million still owed to him.
But there were bright spots! For a Marlins team that often had to lean on mediocre starting pitching from 2016-2018, Chen was nearly as effective as his rotation mates. When healthy, he showed glimpses of being the steady strike-thrower Scott Boras marketed him to be.
Sorting all of Chen’s Fish outings by Game Score (51 is the National League average), I have identified the seven best. Perhaps he can tap into this potential more consistently by going to a new environment with much lower expectations.
6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K on 77 pitches (69 Game Score)
Chen has faced Tampa Bay more than any other opponent in his career, holding them to a 3.53 earned run average across…