The sophomore campaign often is the roughest for pitchers, but Chen, who will be 28 in July, wasn't a normal rookie last year and he won't be a normal sophomore this season. He has never been intimidated by the level of competition, and he won't be in 2013.
It took a lot of inner confidence for Chen to turn down pitching for Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) in the World Baseball Classic. I'm sure there was a lot of pressure coming from his homeland. But he wanted to concentrate on this upcoming season and working with Orioles' pitching coach Rick Adair. And that should only help him as this season progresses.