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It seems as if high-velocity relievers have become more and more common in baseball over the last decade. The Orioles have gotten in on the craze themselves with the employment of Miguel Castro and Tanner Scott. The problem is, however, that both of them are really bad this season.
Castro owns an 8.59 ERA this season, striking out just 13 batters to eight walks. As always, the 24-year-old is not pitching to the level that his “stuff” would seem to merit.
Scott has struck out an impressive 12 batters in just 6.2 innings of work, but he has also walked eight hitters and put together a 6.75 ERA, which is a touch better than his 7.02 FIP. The lefty has already made a couple of triples back to the minors, which the most recent coming this week, when he was demoted in favor of righty Shawn Armstong (his ancestors must have been pitchers too).
The Orioles ability to turn these two flamethrowers into dominant pitchers at the big league level will not make or break this rebuild. But they do need to develop hurlers with high-90s velocity and the ability to control it from time to time.
Links & Notes
Orioles, White Sox rained out; doubleheader Wednesday - USA Today
In case you missed it, the Orioles did not play on Tuesday due to weather in the Chicago area. They will play two today. Game one starts at 4:10 p.m. ET with game two to follow shortly after.
Dwight Smith Jr. on new coaches and team, his power and more - MASN Sports
It wasn’t too surprising to see Dwight Smith Jr. make the Orioles opening day roster. The team didn’t have many outfield options, and the former Blue Jays prospect had a big spring training. How long he would stick around, on the other hand, was up for debate. So far, Smith looks like the steal of the offseason. He may not be a franchise building block, but the 26-year-old could have an important role to play in the O’s return to relevancy.
Jesus Sucre Accepts Outright Assignment - MLB Trade Rumors
Pairing Sucre with Chance Sisco down in Triple-A Norfolk could be the best possible set-up for the long-term health of the organization. The defense-first veteran can work with the bat-first Sisco to, hopefully, improve his glove to an acceptable major league level.
Home run barrage (Ep. 32) - The Warehouse Podcast
Add a little more Orioles talk to your daily commute or workout with the latest episode of The Warehouse Podcast.
Orioles birthdays and history
Is it your birthday? Happy birthday!
Former Orioles pitcher Allan Ramirez turns 62 years old today. The righty appeared in just 11 games during the 1983 season while accumulating a 3.47 ERA, 115 ERA+, 5.00 FIP, 20 strikeouts and 30 walks over 57 innings of work.
2012 - The Orioles beat the Yankees 7-1. The victory is the 1000th of manager Buck Showalter’s career. It is also the first win for pitcher Brian Matusz in 11 months as he gone 0-12 with a 10.47 ERA in his 14 big league appearances in between.