The Orioles are required to set their 25 man roster by Wednesday afternoon. It appears that the most difficult decisions will be with the seven pitchers in the bullpen. At this point, barring the DL or a trade, it looks like RH Luis Ayala, RH Matt Lindstrom, RH Pedro Strop, RH Jim Johnson, and LH Troy Patton
are locks to make it. That leaves two spots. LH Zach Phillis has certainly earned one, but if LH Wada doesn't make the rotation you would have to think he gets it.
That leaves RH Kevin Gregg.
Is there anyone
left in Birdland that trusts
this guy with the game on the line? I cringe whenever he comes into the game. This spring hasn't been any different than last year. HRs and walks. At least he's consistent. I watched him pitch in a game last week and he seemed to get strike two on each batter and then nibble until he walked the guy or grooved a pitch that got hammered.
Compare that to Pat Neshek. All he has done this spring is pitch to an ERA of 0.00
in nine innings over ten appearances. He's allowed THREE hits and ZERO walks
while striking out eight. The choice should be a no-brainer until you consider that Gregg is due 5.8M this year. Thanks Andy MacPhail.
I know it's not my money but I would cut ties with Gregg and keep Neshek in the bullpen. I understand he can be assigned to AAA and can be promoted if they cut Gregg after the season starts but WHY reward Gregg with a roster spot for the same lousy pitching he made his trademark last year. I mean, I understand that we will be lucky to win 85 games this year but why not put the best 25 players on the field for EVERY GAME instead of carrying an expensive failure until he costs us four or five losses?
What do you think, and WHY?