Coming into the four-game series against the New York Yankees, the Orioles sat at 16-20 and had lost their last 18 to the Evil Empire. After trading away Mychal Givens, Miguel Castro and Tommy Milone, the Orioles pitching staff was looking much different.
After a loss in game one of Friday’s doubleheader, the Yankees win streak against the O’s reached 19 games. Following an offensive show out in game two, the Orioles finally ended that streak with a 6-3 victory.
To the surprise of many Oriole fans, Keegan Akin was called to start Saturday’s game against Gerrit Cole. In his second major league start, Akin pitched better than anyone could have expected, truthfully out-pitching his counterpart, Cole.
In his two starts, Akin has struck out 14 batters and allowed just two runs. While allowing nine base runners in 9.2 innings pitched, he has been able to minimize the damage from his seven walks. Limiting those walks will be pivotal; however, if you watched these outings, a lot of those walks were very close battles that the young pitcher barely missed.
Unfortunately, Akin was a no-decision in this start and would not get the win, but he was a winner in my books in this start.
With a lot of new holes in the Orioles rotation, Akin has most certainly cemented himself a spot. He was a key part of the Orioles minor league system that has went from the bottom to top 10 under Mike Elias. Be ready to see more of this kid. We are aching for Akin!
On Sunday morning, Dean Kremer finally got the call he has been awaiting. He was told to report to Camden Yards to start his first major league game and made the 30 minute drive from the Alternate Site into Baltimore City to meet his new squad.
Another very long awaited farm piece, Kremer became the Orioles No. 10 prospect when he was traded as a part of the Manny Machado return. It was well worth the wait!
Through six innings, Kremer was electric, allowing just one hit to the Yankees. The only run scored on him was on a fielder’s choice, following a pair of walks and a single. With help from his offense, Kremer’s major league debut is one everyone around the league will hear about and one he will remember for the rest of his life.
Kremer was shutting down the Yankees lineup, finishing his outing by retiring 14 of his last 15 hitters faced.
Coming in to 2020, Kremer earned the confidence of everyone, as he went 9-4 with a 2.98 ERA in Double-A Bowie in 2019. He was a part of the 60-man player pool for the Orioles and got plenty of work in at the Alternate Site during this odd season.
Yes, I know it’s only been three starts between these two guys. With that being said, it should excite every Oriole fan, as we are finally seeing the tip of the iceberg that is the Orioles’ future as it breaks the surface!
What we have seen from these two kids in their three starts is long awaited and much deserved. All we can hope is that they can keep up that level of play consistently as they mature into major league pitchers.
Heads up Orioles fans! The future is near and now! Let’s Go O’s!
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