Here's where things get a little tricky. The Orioles will most likely use a starting rotation of Kyle Bradish, John Means, Grayson Rodriguez and Kyle Gibson. With starting pitchers having a much shorter leash these days, you need arms in the bullpen capable of giving you three or more innings. Having a bullpen with Dean Kremer, Jack Flaherty and Tyler Wells allows the Orioles to put in a pitcher that is capable of just that should any of the projected starters falter.
Fujinami has lights out stuff and has been incredible at times this season, including seven consecutive appearances to start September where he only allowed four hits, walked two and allowed zero runs while striking out nine batters in 7.1 innings. Unfortunately, he has also been disastrous as times.
He allowed four runs on three hits and two walks over his next two appearances which only totaled 0.2 innings combined. Fujinami has been Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for the Orioles since they traded for him and even though he can be great, he is just too inconsistent to be trusted in the playoffs. Cole Irvin, Joey Krehbiel, and Mike Baumann would be potential roster replacements.
The Orioles have been the best team in the American League and have done so without any one player being a superstar. There is talent up and down this roster so Brandon Hyde will have some difficult decisions to make when it comes to the post season rosters. Regardless of which players are on the roster, I am just excited to see the Orioles take on October.