June 22, 2021

Ranking 7 best performances for Wei-Yin Chen with Miami Marlins (Fish Stripes)


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.


Jul. 2, 2018 vs. Rays

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…

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