Oriole pitchers Kremer and Fry end season in minors; Mattson recalled for relief help - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Oriole pitchers Kremer and Fry end season in minors; Mattson recalled for relief help

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The Orioles expected Dean Kremer to be one of their starting pitchers this season. They expected Paul Fry to be one of the pillars in a strong bullpen. Neither has fulfilled those expectations.

“It comes back to command,” manager Brandon Hyde said Friday before the start of the final series in Toronto. “To be able to command in the big leagues, to be able to work ahead of hitters.”

Kremer, who was 1-1 in four promising late-season starts in 2020, began this season as the Orioles’ fifth starter. He struggled from the start and, after recording just one out and allowing six runs while walking five against Toronto on June 24th, he was demoted to Triple-A Norfolk.

Hyde thought Kremer needed an extended stay in Triple-A. Except for a spot start in the first game of the September 11th doubleheader against the Blue Jays, Kremer has been at Norfolk since late June, and he’ll conclude his season there on Saturday night when he’s scheduled to start against Durham.

Kremer was 0-7 with a 7.55 ERA with the Orioles. With the Tides, he’s 1-5 with a 5.09 ERA in 16 games, which includes four relief appearances.

“Dean is still a pitching prospect,” Hyde said. “He’s got pitches. He’s got a major league arsenal. He just needs to know how to use them and refine the command of all those pitches to become a starting pitcher in this division, this league.

‘You see the stuff. He’s had some success. He’s had some good starts. To be consistent, to be able to make 30 starts in the big leagues, you need to be able to pitch deeper in the game. You’ve got to be able to throw less pitches per inning. You’ve got to be able to get early outs. You’ve got to be able to put guys away when ahead. That starts with strike one, and that starts with having confidence with all your pitches to throw strikes.”

Fry, who allowed just one earned run in the season’s first month, imploded in August and allowed 17 earned runs in seven innings for a 21.86 ERA.

On August 28th, the Orioles sent Fry to Norfolk, expecting that he’d be back for the final few weeks of the season.


“Paul Fry had a great first half,” Hyde said. “He had too many walks in the second half. He was behind in the count a lot, and we were hoping to send him to Triple-A to try to pitch in a little bit lower pressure situation, get that feeling back that he had in the first half, and I hope he comes into spring training lights out, like he was in the first half for us. That’s the pitcher that he is.”

Fry’s struggles have continued at Triple-A, where he has an 8.22 ERA in 10 games. He, too, will end his season in the minors.

Mattson gets the call: Isaac Mattson was recalled from Norfolk for the final series of the season in Toronto. Mattson, who was one of four pitchers the Orioles acquired for Dylan Bundy from the Los Angeles Angels in December 2019, has a 9.00 ERA in three games with the Orioles. At Norfolk, the right-hander was 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA in 18 games.

Alexander Wells, who was the winning pitcher in Thursday after limiting the Boston Red Sox to one run in sixth innings, was optioned to Norfolk to make room for Mattson. With Thomas Eshelman starting on Friday night, the move gives the Orioles more depth in the bullpen.

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  1. CalsPals

    October 1, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    It was interesting to hear McDonald skirt the questions asked of him regarding doctoring the ball, he made it sound almost common place, to my point, right after MLB laid down the law many of our pitchers struggled, none more than Fry, makes you wonder…go O’s…

    • Rich Dubroff

      October 1, 2021 at 6:36 pm

      The crackdown began in June. Fry’s ERA in July was 2.79.

    • dlgruber1

      October 1, 2021 at 6:40 pm

      Followed in July by that 21.86. Possibly in July he “wasn’t with the program.”

    • dlgruber1

      October 1, 2021 at 6:41 pm

      Meant to say August, my mistake.

    • HmmmImNotSoSureAboutThat

      October 1, 2021 at 6:59 pm

      “I find you to be open-minded, eager to learn and willing to adapt.”

    • CalsPals

      October 1, 2021 at 7:12 pm

      I am when I get a convincing argument, I was in education since 1980 & coaching at the same time, I’ve not heard anything regarding WAR to convince me it’s something I need to embrace, I need to hear more than members of the media embrace it…go O’s…

  2. Buzz1979

    October 1, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    Absolutely no reason for Eschelman to be wearing an ML uniform, unless he’s in the stands!

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      October 1, 2021 at 8:34 pm

      I know that every game I go to see live I put on my uniform. Not sure what the heck that means, but I’m sticking to it.

    • CalsPals

      October 2, 2021 at 8:20 am

      Agree, maybe they should have had 26 of us play one of the games against the Red Sox, fantasy camp 2.0, I’d pay to do that & meet some of you guys…lmao…that would be a great week…Could we establish a War for one game?…go O’s…

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        October 2, 2021 at 12:29 pm

        Maybe we could recruit #1? Nah. Cool kids table only.

  3. Buzz1979

    October 1, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    Kremer looks like a young, long-haired Kurt Russell!

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      October 2, 2021 at 1:22 am


  4. johninbethany

    October 1, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    Kremer is making the Manny trade look pretty lousy. it’s been 3 years and we have absolutely no players that have made it in the majors. He was one guy I thought might be a sleeper in the trade.

  5. dlgruber1

    October 2, 2021 at 1:06 am

    Arizona is SERIOUS about wanting that #1 pick. They had a 7-0 lead and lost 9-7.

    • CalsPals

      October 2, 2021 at 8:22 am

      They really know how to tank…draft will be interesting…go O’s…

  6. Orial

    October 2, 2021 at 8:22 am

    Those two Fry/Kremer may just describe/typify the O’s pitching staff in 2021. Can’t say this organization hasn’t gone through plenty of pitching coaches or instructors so God only knows what to do. Spin rate–very possible with Fry. Psychiatrist–very possible for Kremer. Keep trying O’s/mgt.–you’ll eventually figure it out.

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      October 2, 2021 at 12:38 pm

      Hey Al … remember during in the first third of the season when all the Elias-ites at BB.com were talking about Chris Holt being some sort of pitching guru/whisperer? How when he was out a month their performence suddenly sagged? And how Elias’ system was ‘developing’ this collecton of noodle arms into becoming the next generation of Palmers and McNallys?

      Do you remember those days? Bwahaahaaahhhaaaahaahaaa

      • Orial

        October 2, 2021 at 1:01 pm

        Yes Ken I do remember and at least this person(me) has addressed that very coiincidence. First Holt was the second coming of Johnny Sain,goes on a sabbatical,then comes back the clueless Wizard without his bag of tricks. And all in one season. Now of course we don’t know exactly what Holt had to attend to so I’ll refrain,behave and leave it at that. I’m astonished at how not just a handful of pitchers BUT how 99% of the pitchers can come up awful. It’s almost impossible. Of course now my 99% will be corrected by a certain poster and have to be altered to 73%–if you get my drift.

        • Boog Robinson Robinson

          October 2, 2021 at 2:04 pm

          Too funny. 🙂

    • CalsPals

      October 2, 2021 at 1:18 pm

      LMAO, entirely true…go O’s…

  7. Icterus fan

    October 2, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    I don’t know a thing about Holt, nor how to rate his ability, so I’ll refrain from critiques of his performance.

    I do wonder, however if he would have fared better with some higher skill level on the staff?

    Would better pitchers make him look better?

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      October 2, 2021 at 8:37 pm

      Of course they would. That’s our point Icky.

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