Solidify the bullpen
When possible, set up your bullpen as:
- Darren O’Day
- Brad Brach
- Mychal Givens
- Donnie Hart
- Alec Asher
- Logan Verrett
- Richard Bleier
Why these seven? Well, they have the most major league experience, except for Tyler Wilson. It allows Wilson to be used as a spot starter. Also, these seven have the best ERAs for relievers except Gabriel Ynoa, who I think would also be better off starting at Norfolk.
Part of calming down the shuttle involves looking ahead. Several of these young pitchers being bounced around are likely going to be rotation pieces next season, with the possibility of losing Chris Tillman, Wade Miley and Ubaldo Jimenez. These guys need to be building up innings as starters.
Using the above seven gives you two left-handers in Hart and Bleier. It gives you two guys who can be long relievers in Verrett and Asher. It sets up your late innings but also allows you to use Bleier as a lefty specialist if you need to.
The Baltimore Orioles’ bullpen right now is a dumpster fire. No lead is safe, and fans are hiding each time the starter leaves the game.
But, part of that falls back on the starters. Yesterday I wrote about how the starting pitching hasn’t been terrible. But, it hasn’t been great either.
And when you repeatedly give up big leads like the Orioles have done in their last two games, something needs to change.
An improvement in the starting rotation to get deeper and hold leads will assist the bullpen in their efforts to solidify the bullpen.
But, the team also needs to take steps to help make the bullpen the best it can be. That started Wednesday, with the addition of a 7th reliever.