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.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu will open the regular season in the starting rotation, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports.
Ryu, 30, missed the entire 2015 season and made only one start last season due to shoulder and elbow injuries. The lefty has looked solid in three spring appearances, however, yielding a lone run on five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in nine innings.
With Scott Kazmir likely to begin the season on the disabled list, that leaves Alex Wood and Brandon McCarthy to battle it out for the fifth spot in the Dodgers’ rotation.
Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a strained oblique, making it likely that he begins the regular season on the disabled list, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.
The Royals acquired Soler from the Cubs in December in exchange for reliever Wade Davis. Over parts of three seasons with the Cubs, Soler hit .258/.328/.434 with 27 home runs and 98 RBI in 765 plate appearances.
When he’s healthy, Soler is expected to find himself in the Royals’ lineup as a right fielder and occasionally as a designated hitter.