Pedro StropIt was Brian Matusz that gave up the game-tying home run to Yoenis Cespedes in the ninth inning of Sunday’s 9-8 loss to the Oakland Athletics, but I can’t get upset at the O’s lefty specialist. For one, Cespedes had no business hitting that pitch out of the ballpark, what he did was pretty amazing. And secondly, Orioles closer Jim Johnson would have been in the game if Buck Showalter wasn’t forced to use him in a save situation that Pedro Strop created in game three.

I’ve seen a lot of finger pointing about the O’s loss to the A’s in the finale and I personally agree with Jabby Burns that winning series is all that matters. However, I do feel that Pedro Strop’s issues need to be addressed.

The 27-year-old righty from the Dominican Republic has again shown issues with his command over his first 11 appearances of 2013. Strop has blown two saves and was charged with the loss yesterday. His 0.75 K/BB isn’t cutting it at the Major League level and smart hitters know they probably won’t see a fastball in the strikezone.

In his outing on Saturday, only two of his six pitches were thrown in the zone (both sinkers).

Pedro Strop strikezone plot April 27, 2013

Check out pitches one and six, sinkers way up in the zone, those pitches are always intended to be thrown down and show just how much of a mess Strop’s mechanics truly are at this point.

Last season, Strop relied heavily on his slider when his fastball command suffered, but even that pitch seems to be suffering at this point.