With one of the worst pitching staffs in baseball, the Baltimore Orioles are looking for anything and everything to help out and change that distinction. Besides aiming for a Johan Santana to join the rotation at some point in June, the front office has been active in assembling the right trade for Chicago Cubs‘ ace Jeff Samardzija.
This needs to happen if Baltimore wants a chance to contend for a World Series or to even sniff the playoffs.
Currently, the Orioles’ pitching staff has posted a mediocre 4.33 ERA that ranks 27th in the league and just 17 quality starts — ranking last in the entire league. To make matters worse for Baltimore, the starting pitcher with the best ERA is Bud Norris with just a 4.04 mark — that number won’t win championships.
Ranking near the bottom in nearly every major statistical pitching category is enough reason to make a move for one of the best young aces in baseball.
According the Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago, the Orioles are the leading team of interest in the Samardzija sweepstakes — and it makes sense.
With one of the most potent lineups in the majors — including the league’s home run leader — the Orioles need to put more of an emphasis on pitching and take some pressure off the big bats. Samardzija would likely welcome a trade to a team that has a chance to make the playoffs like the Orioles.
He would continue to be an ace and his 1.68 ERA and 64 strikeouts will be welcomed in Baltimore.
When you have one of the lowest ERAs in baseball yet have just a 1-4 record, it’s time for a scenery change — and that’s what is happening with Samardzija.
Baltimore needs to get this done.
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