Baltimore Orioles: Is Dean Kremer the new fifth starter?

Dean Kremer was called up from the IL to make the start for the Baltimore Orioles this afternoon. This of course in the series finale against Cleveland. Kremer and the Birds took the loss, but overall I’d say that Kremer had a decent outing. Kremer’s line: 4.1 IP. 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 K.

Kremer was lifted in the top of the fourth after throwing 67 pitches. Understandably, he was on a pitch count. This after being on the Injured List.

Kremer made one bad pitch; to Giminez in the first inning with two on. And the ball ended up in the stands, giving Cleveland a 3-0 lead early.

But neither Kremer, nor the bullpen gave up any further runs. And Kremer settled down, which is good to see. Pitchers are going to get themselves in trouble and give up runs. It’s how they bounce back that matters.

Ryan Mountcastle’s two-run homer in the fourth accounted for the Birds’ only runs of the game. And given how Cleveland’s starter, Plesax, pitched today, they may have been lucky to get those two runs. Plesac only made one bad pitch all day also. The only difference was there was only one runner on base at the time. As opposed to two runners on when Kremer made his bad pitch.

The Orioles are certainly hoping that Dean Kremer can be the fifth man in the rotation here for at least awhile. You’ll recall that they had a spot start last week – because there was no fifth starter. But Kremer was good out there today. Hopefully for his sake, that ends up being the case.

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