Orioles Eyeing Starting Pitching

Featured, Sports and Bets — January 27, 2014 at 8:57 pm by

So while it seems I’ve been pretty negative, like most of you, about the Orioles off-season, I’m going to try and flip the script here and stay mildly positive for once. Take it easy folks, there hasn’t been any good news yet, but Dan Connolly of the Sun has reported that the Birds were still at least eyeing a few starting pitchers. Ervin Santana, Bronson Arroyo, and Ubaldo Jimenez are all on the O’s radar.  Here my thoughts on these guys.

 Bronson Arroyo:

 Bronson will turn 37 before opening day, so he’s no spring chicken. He is an innings eater though, which is something the Orioles could really use. In 8 of his last 9 seasons he’s pitched at least 200 innings. The one year he didn’t reach 200, he still threw 199, so I’m going to go ahead and give him that one and call it 9 straight. When talking about these three starters, I would say Arroyo is the most likely of the candidates to end up in Baltimore, as he’s likely to be the least expensive.

 

Ervin Santana:

 

Ervin hasn’t had a winning record since 2010, but personally, I don’t put too much stock into wins and losses for a pitcher. His career ERA happens to be identical (4.19) to that of Arroyo.  Ervin is coming off somewhat of a better year last year than Bronson as he posted a 3.24 ERA.  You might recognize the name here, and he certainly would be a good addition, but the numbers don’t lie;  there’s no Ace here.

 Ubaldo Jimenez:

A career 3.92 ERA is slightly less than the other two starters being mentioned here.  His 3.30 ERA last season wasn’t bad, in fact that’s great, but it was his lowest ERA since a phenomenal 2010 season. Since that 2010 season there’s been some rough spots. In the three seasons that followed ’10, Jimenez posted ERA’s in the high 4’s and low 5’s, reaching up all the way to 5.40 in 2012.  If we land Ubaldo we just have to hold our breath and hope we are getting get the good version of Jimenez, not the bad one.

So we have three good, but not great, starters. Let’s hope the Orioles do more than just watch other teams continue to sign guys.  These pitchers aren’t the front line ace we were dreaming of,  but at this point beggars can’t be choosers.

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