• Apr

    Removing Gregg from the pen is the right move

    When you look at the Orioles current bullpen you can see how each guy has a role, all expect Kevin Gregg.

    Johnson - Closer
    Ayala - Set-up
    Strop - Set-up
    O-day -  middle relief/setup
    Lindstrom - middle relief/setup
    Patton - LOOGY/middle relief

    It's too early to call Chen a five inning pitcher, but he's struggled mightily both times he's gotten into the sixth inning. Well, what if he is just a solid five inning guy? He may still get you six innings occasionally, maybe even seven on his best days, but chances are you are going to need some pen work. So the Orioles may need a three inning bridge guy who can come in and get you into that setup/closer situation.

    Dana Eveland would be a good choice in my opinion because it would free up Patton to stay fresh for those tough left-handed batters in close games. Jason Berken is also on the 40-man and has been lights out so far, and we've seen how effectively he can be over 2-3 innings stints when his slider is working.

    Either way, what's clear is that the Orioles need a long-middle man and Kevin Gregg is not helping this team. He's a sunk cost and his poor contract was not part of this regime.

    The Orioles are showing some true spunk here in the early going, but its just a matter of time before we're going to need more innings from the pen and it's pretty clear that Gregg is not better than any of our current options in the setup/middle man roles.

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Tony Pente

Tony has owned and operated Orioles Hangout since 1996 and is well known for his knowledge of the Baltimore Orioles organization from top to bottom. He's a frequent guest on Baltimore-area sports radio stations and can be heard regularly on the 105.7 FM The Fan. His knowledge and contacts within the Orioles minor league system and the major league baseball scouting industry is unparalleled in the Baltimore media and is known as an expert on the Orioles prospects.