Five times this season Jake Arrieta has thrown at least six innings and allowed zero or one run, but unfortunately he’s given up at least four runs in his other 13 starts and the Orioles have finally seen enough.
Arrieta’s latest clunker was last night versus the Angels, as he failed to make it out of the fourth inning and fell to 3-9 with a 6.19 ERA before the Orioles demoted him to Triple-A.
Baltimore showed quite a bit of patience with Arrieta because he’s a former top prospect who’s still just 26 years old, every few weeks he’s hurled a gem, and his 89/31 K/BB ratio in 101 innings overall is actually pretty solid, but at some point a contending team can’t keep throwing away games.
He’ll be back in the second half, although with a 5.27 ERA in 58 career starts it’s worth wondering whether the Orioles should see if Arrieta’s raw stuff would play up better in the bullpen.
Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.
Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.
Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.
Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.
The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.