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Sick of efficiency, O's plan to send Uehara to bullpen

Dec 6, 2009, 4:47 PM EDT

Koji Uehara headshot.jpgWhile some continue to believe the fantastical idea of the Orioles as big spenders this offseason, Roch Kubato of MASN Sports writes that Koji Uehara will be used as a reliever in 2010.

posted a 4.05 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 48/12 K/BB ratio over 12 starts in 2009, but his debut campaign was cut
short with a torn tendon in his right elbow in June.
His FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) of 3.56 hints at even better results to come, if healthy. Uehara was recently given permission by his doctor to begin throwing at his home in Japan.

has stated a willingness to be a reliever, but it’s kind of a silly
notion when you realize Orioles starters had a major-league worst 5.37
ERA to go along with a 1.52 WHIP (28th in MLB).

Sure, the Orioles have Brian Matusz,
Chris Tillman, Jeremy Guthrie, Brad Bergesen and a host of
fifth-starter candidates in-house, but isn’t Uehara exactly the type of efficient starter
the Orioles should be looking for?

  1. Bill - Dec 6, 2009 at 6:14 PM

    He was used as a closer in Japan for two years prior to coming to the states. Last year he had a tendency to go four innings and then fall apart. He also made two trips to the DL because his arm couldn’t hold up. Having to go to your bullpen in the fifth inning isn’t a very efficient way to use your pitching staff. I think the bullpen would be an efficient place to put Koji.

  2. Jeff V. - Dec 6, 2009 at 6:49 PM

    Bill is right check out Koji’s splits for the first time through the order as opposed to the third time. Yes he is efficient, and for 80 pitches a start he was a joy to behold but he just did not have the stamina to go even 100 pitches last season, and that was before he hurt his arm.
    If the O’s had a rotation full of inning eaters they could take a shot at five great innings a start from Koji next year, but with a bunch of kids in the rotation it would unduly tax the bullpen.

  3. OsandRoyals - Dec 6, 2009 at 8:04 PM

    The above comments are completely correct. The Os would probably take the 4-5 innings every game except that he probably won’t be. His arm injury was not corrected with surgery and his second DL stint came about after re-injuring it. The Os have decided that coming out of the bullpen will put less stress on the tendon, and with this they now have a lock-down closer instead of watching their bullpen implode like it did after Sherrill was traded.

  4. Juliane Asbell - Jan 16, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    Very interesting read. Thanks.

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