Let’s get real for a minute…raise your hands really high, if you thought the Orioles were for real. OK, I thought that would be the response <as only a few held their hands up high>.
Have you noticed, everyone is looking for starting pitching? The Yankees second best starter is Andy Pettite, a guy just 3 starts back from retirement, the Red Sox are holding their breath for the next set back, the Phillies lose Roy Halladay for at least 2 months, the Angels lose Jerred Weaver and the list goes on and on.
What’s the point you ask? Well, it’s simple really- buy low and sell high is how the successful Wall Street wise guys make their money.
Jason Hammel, like the Orioles in general has been a terrific story for April and May. But his career ERA over 7 seasons in the big leagues is 4.84. Up until last night, it had been near 2.75 for this season. Prior to last night, Hammel had allowed 3 HRs in 55 IP-last night he gave up 4 in 6 1/3rd innings.
While I know it would seem like a giant step backwards, the question really is- would trading Hammel now make the most sense?