Orioles Bullpen Is Human Afterall

Josh Stinson

Image Credit: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

I really wasn’t disappointed in Josh Stinson‘s start against the Blue Jays today. Maybe my standards were low for the kid, but he kept the Orioles in the game, was fairly pitch efficient and bounced back after surrendering home runs. Sure, I would have like to have seen fewer baseballs cross over the outfield fence, but I didn’t think it was a bad start from a guy that was pitching with the Frederick Keys four days ago.

No, it wasn’t LEGEN-DARY, but Stinson gave the Orioles a chance to win.

Unfortunately for the Birds, Toronto ended their 17 straight extra-inning wins streak that dated back to April 11, 2012 with a 6-5 loss in 11 innings. Man, a one-run and extra inning loss for the O’s, stat nerds everywhere are smiling with approval.

For the first time in 2013, the O’s bullpen showed signs of overuse after a doubleheader on Saturday, short start from Jake Arrieta and Sunday and then a day game on Wednesday before a long trip out to Cali-forn-i-a.

Closer Jim Johnson, who I was bragging about this morning, earned the loss when he walked Maicer Izturis with the bases loaded. Johnson struggled to find the strike zone as he plunked Brett Lawrie just before Izturis’ go-ahead walk. JJ threw 24 pitches over his inning of work and has appeared in games four of the last five days. During that span, Johnson has thrown 64 pitches. I think it’s safe to say we won’t see him tomorrow night — yes, even in a save situation.

Darren O’Day has thrown 59 pitches in two appearances during the O’s series against the Blue Jays and 82 over his four outings since April 18. I’d expect him to get the night off in Oakland tomorrow as well.

The Orioles optioned Stinson to Triple-A Norfolk after the game and are expected to call up a reliever for the road trip. Zach Clark is the most obvious candidate for the role.

Zach Wilt is the Founding Editor of BaltimoreSportsReport.com and host of the BSR Podcast. He's a loyal Orioles, Ravens and Capitals fan who is obsessed with baseball, loves traveling, In-N-Out Burger and Walt Disney World.

5 Comments

  1. Greg

    April 24, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    I said earlier that if you look at his basic line for the game most of the O’s pitchers would kill for it. 5 2/3 innings, 76 pitches, 5 hits 1 walk, 3 K’s. It is just that 4 of the 5 hits went over the wall!! I was pretty impressed overall with him today

  2. Magic At The Yard

    April 24, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    I was surprised that Johnson came in the game at all. He worked in the previous two games and this was not a save situation.

  3. 9inchnails

    April 24, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    4 F’ing home runes! WTF, he pitched like a Hot Carlrusty trombone.The Intimidator have been collaborating with Spy. He pitched like a minor leaguer today. If this was the LA Angels, he would have given up9 hrs. Looked like batting practice out there!

  4. MGW

    April 25, 2013 at 7:27 am

    It’s going to happen. These guys are human.

  5. 9inchnails

    April 25, 2013 at 7:42 am

    These guys are human and I am ok with that. I am not ok bringing up a minor leaguer who isn’t ready.