Dean Kremer’s Postseason Dud Ends Orioles’ 2023 Season
On October 10, Dean Kremer took the mound for his first career postseason game, but unfortunately, it turned out to be the last game of the 2023 season for the Baltimore Orioles.
Facing elimination in the best-of-three Division Series against the Texas Rangers, the Orioles turned to their 27-year-old right-hander in hopes of keeping their playoff hopes alive. However, things quickly went downhill for Kremer. He gave up three hits in the first inning, including a home run by Corey Seager. The second inning was even worse, with Kremer allowing four hits and five runs, including a game-breaking three-run homer by Adolis García. After recording just five outs, Kremer was pulled from the game, and the Orioles’ season came to an end seven innings later when the Rangers sealed the victory.
It’s unclear whether Kremer was simply off his game that night or if the recent terrorist attacks in Israel, where he resides for much of the year, weighed heavily on his mind. Regardless, it’s unfortunate that his postseason performance will be the lasting memory of his 2023 season. Throughout the year, Kremer had been a solid, if unexceptional, performer, establishing himself as a league-average MLB starter and a potential member of the Orioles’ rotation for the foreseeable future.
A Rollercoaster Season for Kremer
Kremer’s 2023 campaign got off to a rough start with a dismal April, where he gave up four or more runs in five of his six starts. However, he managed to stabilize his performance and posted a 3.59 ERA for the remainder of the regular season. The Orioles found success when Kremer took the mound, winning 21 out of the 26 games he started from May onwards. While he did have occasional rough outings, he consistently put the team in a position to win. Kremer also demonstrated durability, making 32 starts and pitching