In what can be described as a bit of a shocker, the Baltimore Orioles have interest in free agent pitcher Roy Oswalt, according to Jon Heyman.

Oswalt, who has been linked to the Rangers, Red Sox, and Phillies over the last few weeks, would be a huge addition to a young and over-achieving rotation for the O’s, who currently lead the AL East by one game over the Tampa Bay Rays. Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen, Brian Matusz, Tommy Hunter and Dana Eveland haven’t exactly been spectacular for the O’s this season, compiling a 17-13 record with an ERA of 4.31. The bullpen has been the strong suit for the team, posting a 2.31 ERA and 7.17 K/9.

The three-time All-Star had his 2012 option declined by the Phillies this past off season. He has recorded 20 wins a season twice, both with the Astros.

On this date last season, Baltimore was 22-24, last in the division.  They haven’t been to the playoffs since the 1997 season, when they failed to make it past the Indians in the ALCS.

Comments (4)

  1. A win-loss record for a pitcher on Getting Blanked to illustrate the success of their pitching? I’m a little surprised we didn’t hear about the number of save opportunities the bullpen has successfully converted. Who is this Darren Kritzer character?

    • While I do agree with you, the fact that Oswalt had two 20 win seasons while pitching for the Astros is pretty impressive. That means he had 20 wins without benefit of playing against the Astros to pad his numbers. IMO, that’s impressive regardless of how silly the W counter is.

      • It’s ok, we can relax, RBIs weren’t used so this wasn’t a total breach of the Official Dustin Parkes Getting Blanked SABR Style-guide.
        The use of pitcher wins probably just cost Kritzer a warning and a toe.

        That being said… I’m a Jays fan and, as much as I miss shitting all over the OriLOLes (another slowly fading term), I can’t help but taking a little bit of shadenfreude from the fact that any team other than Boston or New York is leading the division. It was the same with Tampa before they stopped being all cute and 2% precocious and started whipping the shit out of the jays at every opportunity… now they terrify me.

        Something tells me the Orioles aren’t going down the same road. Namely the fact that they’re the OriLOLes. I’d love it if they signed Oswalt. It means that the Yankees and Boston, both desperately in need of pitching, don’t get him, and putting him in Baltimore is like taking him out of the equation altogether. Because if there’s one thing that’s consistent about the OriLOLes’ organizational strategy, it’s this:

        They’ll find some way to fuck it up.

  2. How many people are contributing to GB? So many new people in the span of 3 weeks.

    If you guys are expanding on the web, why not get more face time. Everyone obviously likes GB so show it off to the masses. Live@theScore is the next, logical step.

    Get it done, Sansone!

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