Which Orioles' reliever do you trust the most right now?
The Orioles bullpen was supposed to be one of the team’s strengths in 2011.
It still might be.
But the Orioles starters aren’t going deep, forcing some of the relievers into roles in which they may not be successful.
And, regardless the role, some have been just plain awful.
In their past 17 games, the bullpen is 1-3 with a 6.20 ERA. The relievers have combined to give up 22 homers in 31 games.
Koji Uehara, the rock of the pen late last season, has allowed four walks and three homers in 11 2/3 innings this season. Uehara gave up five homers and five walks in 44 innings in 2010. And Koji has the second-best ERA in the bullpen (3.86) right now.
Who has the Orioles’ best relief ERA so far in 2011?
Yep, closer Kevin Gregg at 2.45, despite allowing 16 baserunners in 11 innings.
Frankly, I trust Gregg right now to get his job done more than any other reliever. Maybe that’s because all he has been asked to do lately is his role – and not go outside of his comfort zone like some of the other relievers due to short outings from the starters.
So here’s what I want to know -- and I am curious about your answer -- which Orioles’ reliever do you trust the most right now?
Daily Think Special: Which Orioles' reliever do you trust the most?