What to do with Pedro Strop – MLB BaseballThursday, June 13, 2013 21:17
The Baltimore Orioles have a problem with Pedro Strop.
What to do with Pedro Strop
Baltimore Orioles manager, Buck Showalter, is facing a tough decision in the coming days as pressure mounts on under-fire pitcher, Pedro Strop, to fall back into the minors following a losing seventh inning against Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon.
Strop hit the mound midway through the seventh following Jason Hammel’s respectable opening that earned just two runs. The reliever was necessary as Hammel had filled two bases already but Strop failed to deliver the sting usually found in his fastball, eventually conceding four runs and even hits before being booed off.
The boos that echoed around Camden Yards were clearly audible and Baltimore’s 9-5 defeat surprised many MLB betting news pundits. The team were in control up to Strop’s arrival on the hill and Hammel looked comfortable pitching into his 80th inning of the season, but Showalter took the change decision midway through and quickly realised his mistake.
“[Strop is] just not getting results,” Showalter told the Baltimore Sun. “He understands it. Nobody cares more about pitching well for this team than Pete.”
Strop has now gone 0-3 on relief stints this season and, if he were at any other team, he’d be in the minors before the last supporter left the stadium. Yet Showalter will likely keep the Dominican in his bullpen, for Baltimore have very few options in defence right now.
As fans betting MLB World Series will no doubt be aware, the Orioles have the second worst pitching stats in the American League, having recorded a 4.55 ERA by close of play Wednesday. They have conceded 313 runs (only Toronto and Houston have gone more) and regularly struggle to force walks.
The only reason Baltimore are in contention in the AL East this season is because of their fantastic offense, which boasts AL leading slugger, Chris Davies, and guarantee base hitter, Manny Machado. Nate McLouth is also a solid first-base maker while Adam Jones has 14 homers already this season.
What the Os need is a tight bullpen and Showalter will not chuck Strop because of it. The 28-year-old will probably keep his head down for a bit, not pitch against Boston this weekend series, and come back next week ready to start afresh.
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