Thus ends the Jake Arrieta-era in Baltimore.
And the Pedro Strop-era.
I don’t think the Orioles lose much by shipping those two guys off to Chicago for Scott Feldman, even though Feldman will be a free agent after this season.
It’s a “rental”, sure.
But a relatively cheap one.
Arrieta was done here. For whatever reason, he just can’t pitch consistently at the major league level. Not in Baltimore, at least. It wouldn’t shock me to see him go to the Cubs and have some success, but I can’t imagine the Orioles are going to regret this deal.
There’s nothing to say about Strop, really. You saw the games. Good luck in Chicago.
As for Feldman, we’ll see how he does in Baltimore with his 13-15 starts between now and October. If his ERA is under 4.00 per-game, I’d be thrilled.
It’s not a bad deal.
But I don’t think Scott Feldman suddenly vaults the Orioles to “can’t miss” status for the post-season.
You can’t make this stuff up.
The Orioles lost last night 5-2 to the White Sox.
John Danks was terrific for Chicago. Jason Hammel was decent for the Orioles. The game got out of hand when Buck Showalter fell asleep in the 7th inning and left Hammel in the game when he had a boatload of fresh arms in the bullpen ready to take over for the starting pitcher.
Adam Dunn hit a HR that landed on the runway at O’Hare airport.
The Orioles had runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs in the 8th inning and J.J. Hardy ruined the uprising by bouncing into a double play.
That’s the summary of the game as I saw it.
Here’s how Jim Hunter started the MASN post-game show with Rick Dempsey:
“Alright, let’s get going Orioles fans, I’m Jim Hunter, joined by Rick Dempsey, as the Orioles lose tonight five to two in Chicago in the start of a 3-game series. Tough night for Jason Hammel, Rick, as he gave up the long ball to Adam Dunn, put a few too many guys on base with the walk and had to battle some questionable calls from the home plate umpire along the way.”
It didn’t take 30 seconds for Hunter to start blaming the umpires.
John Danks outpitched Jason Hammel. Period.
The umpire had zero to do with it.
Yet, Hunter couldn’t even go through the first paragraph of his post-game monologue without blaming the umps.
It’s sad and aggravating and embarrassing and laughable all at once.
Oh, and it’s typical.
The best women’s basketball player in America joins me on Wednesday morning’s show (9:25 am — if you missed it, it’s in the Buy A Toyota.com audio vault at WNST.net).
It’s always a treat for me to chat with Elena Delle Donne, formerly of the University of Delaware and now a member of the Chicago Sky of the WNBA. She’s a fellow Lyme disease fighter and a terrific young lady who did the Blue Hens proud during her record setting four year run in Newark. I also think she’s going to be an Olympian when the next Summer Games roll around.
Two of the all-time greats passed away on July 3.
The greatest rock-n-roller of all time passed away on 7/3/71 — that would be Jim Morrison, former lead singer of The Doors.
Baltimore’s all-time best radio sportscaster passed away on 7/3/95 — that would be the great Charley Eckman.
Speaking of Eckman, I’ll tell my all-time favorite Eckman story at 9:45 am this morning. He traveled with the Blast soccer team for about twelve years of my career there…and if I have one great Charley story, I have a hundred. Anyway, I have a doozy of a story to tell today at 9:45. Again, if you miss it, check the audio vault.
Need a red wine suggestion for your 4th of July festivities?
Joseph Phelps cabernet.
Send me a thank you e-mail at your convenience.