Cole Irvin was supposed to help solidify the Baltimore Orioles rotation. Well, about that…
Irvin lasted just three outings with the Orioles, getting hammered thus far in 2023. Instead of letting him figure things out at the major league level, he has been optioned down to Triple-A as part of a series of roster moves as the Orioles look to bolster their pitching staff.
Cole Irvin not living up to expectations for Baltimore Orioles
He had been a surprisingly solid pitcher during his time in Oakland before heading to the Orioles. The A’s had acquired him for the ever popular Cash Considerations, stealing him from a Phillies team that was despite for pitching themselves. Irvin had a solid 4.11 ERA and a 1.244 WHiP over his 359.1 innings in Oakland, striking out 253 batters with 78 walks. He was a nice piece at the back of the rotation.
That has not been the case for the Orioles. He allowed 15 runs on 17 hits and eight walks over his 12.2 innings, striking out 13 batters. Opponents have posted a .951 OPS against him in 63 plate appearances thus far, belting three doubles and a pair of homers. Irvin has not been able to find any degree of success thus far in Baltimore.
It is still very early in his Orioles’ tenure. Irvin can still be a solid piece in the back of their rotation, especially as he is under team control for four more years. Chances are, he just needs some time in Triple-A to reset and then he will be back to himself. At least, that is what the Orioles are hoping for. Their postseason hopes may be riding on it.
Cole Irvin has been a disappointment for the Baltimore Orioles thus far. It did not take them long to send him down to Triple-A.