Sometimes relievers finally have their stuff “click” on their 2nd or 3rd team, and in the case of Jorge Lopez, it has happened in a big way.
Lopez is sporting an ERA of 0.79 with 11 saves in 34.1 innings of work in 2022. Pitching in the AL East is a very difficult task, yet Lopez has made it look easy this year.
Adding an arm like Lopez to pair with the electrifying stuff of Helsley, Hicks, Cabrera, and Gallegos could put the Cardinals bullpen on the level of their division rival the Milwaukee Brewers. The pressure it would take off the rotation, especially come October, would be immense as games would be shortened for the club. The club would be wise to present a package to Baltimore soon.