The 7th best bullpen in MLB…why did Baltimore keep an ‘8.57 ERA’ starter?

This is a notable choice. The seventh-best bullpen in the majors (3.74 ERA) has a pitcher with an 8.57 ERA., the official website of Major League Baseball, covered the news of Japanese major leaguer Shintaro Fujinami (29) joining the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday.온라인바카라

Fujinami left his first big league team, the Oakland Athletics, for Baltimore in a one-for-one trade for left-handed pitcher Eastern Lucas.

Fujinami made his major league debut this season via the posted system (closed competitive bidding). With a four-seam fastball that sits in the low 90s, many were eager to see if he could prove his dominance in the United States.

Despite the high expectations, Fujinami struggled early in the season. In 34 games (seven starts) this year, he was 5-8 with a 3.57 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in 49 1/3 innings. The problem was his fastball. Despite his overpowering stuff, he struggled with his command, as evidenced by his 31 four-pitch walks in 49⅓ innings.

A mediocre reliever who doesn’t seem to have much going for him based on his record this year. But why was he selected by Baltimore, a team with a solid bullpen?

It’s largely due to Fujinami’s rebounding performance.

Fujinami was so bad at the start of the season that he still had a 13.94 ERA a month after the start of the season. However, he seems to have adjusted to the league. In June, he pitched 11 1/3 innings and posted a monthly ERA of 3.97, and this month, he has a 2.25 ERA in eight innings. It is also encouraging to see that his four-pitch count is slowly decreasing.

According to, “Fujinami’s primary weapon is a four-seam fastball that averages 98 mph and tops out at 102.1 mph. But he also regularly throws a splitter, cutter and breaking ball.”

“Baltimore needed more relievers to bridge the gap between starting pitcher and set-up man Jenrry Cano and closer Felix Batista, especially as the team was looking for options outside of the two right-handed pitchers in Cano and Batista,” he continued, explaining how the Orioles acquired Fujinami.

Meanwhile, the Orioles are 58-37 on the season (as of Oct. 20) and in first place in the American League West. The Orioles needed to bolster their bullpen if they were to have any hope of making the postseason.

Fujinami could revitalize the Baltimore bullpen, and it will be interesting to see how he performs in a different environment as he continues to adjust to the league.

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