Chen Gem, Young Blast, Sink M’s. O’s Take Series Opener 4-0.

Featured, Sports and Bets — July 25, 2014 at 7:06 am by

The Run Down

A lot of stat people these days like to discount the win stat when it comes to starting pitchers.  They say that ERA and WHIP are truer indicators of how a pitcher is really throwing.  They are probably right, and I’m not here to argue semantics, sabermetrics, and nerd baseball, but there is something to be said for a pitcher who gathers wins.  Often times a pitcher who wins a lot is able to throw a specific pitch at a crucial time.  He may not always be dominating, but he gets out of jams and keeps his team in a position to win.  Of course. sometimes he just gets a lot of run support, but that’s not the point.  The point is that for much of the year Wei-Yin Chen has been that crafty starter who, while not overpowering or “lights-out”, is still able to make pitches to get out of jams and put himself, and his team, in a position to win. Last night though, Chen was not that.  Last night Chen pitched a real gem of the shut-out variety.  Eight innings of grind ’em out and beat ’em up, baseball.

Chen scattered five hits over those eight innings and he also fielded his position, making a gold-glove type play on a soft tapper from the bat of Robinson Cano.  Chen scooped the ball with his glove and softly tossed the ball, from his glove, to Caleb Joseph, who tagged out James Jones who was streaking home.  For some reason my computer suddenly won’t allow me to embed MLB videos, but find it somewhere, the play is worth a look.  Here is a lame pic of Joseph tagging out James.

Update: Can only embed the lame 5:00 instant replay version, but it’s better than nothing.

Add to this Chen Gem a four run third inning for the Orioles, which was capped by an Earl Weaver off the bat of Delmon Young, and you’ve got yourself an Orioles victory.  Ain’t the beer cold?!

And ain’t Delmon Young quite a signing.  Young is screaming for more at bats all while quietly doing his job off the bench and spot-starting as a DH and left-fielder.  He’s a role player who is batting .317 and coming up with plenty of crucial hits.  What a pro.

Other Game Notes

Caleb Joseph and Young were the only Birds with two hits on the night.

BTW, Chen has 11 wins and his ERA is under 4.00 (3.92)

Chris Davis had another hit!

It was an especially big win last night because the O’s have to face King Felix tonight.  Maybe Gausman will rebound and battle the Cy Young winner tough.

Next Up For The O’s:

Same place, same time

Guasman (4-3) vs Hernandez (11-2)

Let’s Go O’s!

 

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