Bruce Chen is making believers out of the AL. He’s already made believers out of the Kansas City Royals.
Chen has pitched in 21 games and now has two starts. His second start was a 3-2 winner on Tuesday over the Baltimore Orioles and it was a thing of beauty. He allowed one run, three hits and no walks. In 45.2 innings of work, his ERA is 1.97. An MLB pitcher can’t do much better than that.
He has definitely turned his pitching around in a major way this season. His career marks are 75-72 with a 4.51 ERA. He’s made an incredible turnaround from last season when he was 11-14 and had an ERA of 5.07.
Chen gave up a home run to Manny Machado but other than that, he threw good pitches and gained confidence as he had a lead to protect for his team. After he allowed the home run, Chen settled own and retired the next 10 batters. That’s the sign of a very mature pitcher who knows what it takes to get the job done. He continues to show signs of having a completely opposite season compared to least year.
His performance against a very good Baltimore team showed how much he has turned his pitching around this season and that he continues to get better. The Royals need to figure out the best way to use Chen.
Manager Ned Yost needs to keep using Chen and give him as many starts as possible. It’s entirely in the Royals’ best interests.