Tuesday, June 15, 2010

When Does Rick Kranitz Start Feeling the Heat?

Just a quick thought...

Lots has been written about the failures of Oriole hitting coach Terry Crowley over the past few years.

But why is the Oriole pitching coach seemingly immune from such criticism?

The Oriole pitching staff has an ERA of 5.33, the worst in the American League. This is not new. Baltimore also had the worst AL ERA in 2009 and the second worst ERA in 2008. Kranitz has presided over the pitching staff for all three seasons.

Want to look at the advanced stats? They are and have been dead last in the league in FIP and xFIP over the past three seasons as well.

It's not as if Kranitz has had absolutely nothing to work with. There have been some young arms come to Baltimore that are highly regarded. Thus far, none of them look ready to take the next step. Chris Tillman looked completely lost last night. Ditto with (at times) Brian Matusz.

And over the past three seasons, Kranitz has failed to assemble any semblance of a bullpen. That's what good pitching coaches do...they take marginal pitchers and/or kids from AAA and teach them how to pitch for an inning or two. There are guys in this system with the stuff to be good relievers...but for some reason they never seem to develop.

So...either lots of independent scouts and analysts were dead wrong about a lot of Oriole talent or the organization is doing a poor job of developing that talent for the major league level. I think Kranitz has to take some heat for that.

1 comment:

The Oriole Way said...

(nodding vigorously)