With just over a week until the 2021 Baltimore Orioles season begins, the Orioles are in the process of finalizing their roster. After previously mentioning that John Means will start Opening Day, the team has now announced that veteran pitcher and former Cy Young candidate Matt Harvey will be part of the big league club.
While he is no longer the pitcher that he once was with the Mets, Harvey was able to elevate his fastball, consistently hitting the mid-90s this Spring. After a rough first outing, he has been much more efficient in limiting his walks while increasing his strikeouts.
2021 Baltimore Orioles: Starting Pitching
While Means was a lock to start the season opener, the rest of the rotation was filled with question marks. The team traded veteran Alex Cobb to the Angels early in the Spring and with many young arms, the team knew they would need to add a few veterans to help balance the roster.
As a result, the team added former aces, Felix Hernandez and Matt Harvey. Both signed one-year deals with the club as they try to re-establish their careers in hopes of a more lucrative contract next offseason. For the 2021 Baltimore Orioles, the signings were to help cover innings and potentially flip the veteran pitchers for prospects at the trade deadline.
With Means and Harvey locked into the rotation, look for the Orioles to fill the rest of the spots with Dean Kremer, Keegan Akin, and Jorge Lopez. Meanwhile, Felix Hernandez was pulled during his last outing due to right elbow discomfort and it remains to be seen if he will factor into the plans for the 2021 Baltimore Orioles.
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