Look Out Below Charm City

The Orioles have hit the proverbial iceberg and the scramble for the lifejackets is on.  It would be nice if the baseball season could mercifully end at the All Star break; but alas, the race to the bottom of the AL East has inevitably started and the O’s are leading the pack.  Props go to Buck Showalter for keeping these guys in the thick of it  and for closing the first half with a winning record, but with four fifths of the starting pitching staff either on the shelf or jettisoned to the minors, the trap door is open.

Unfortunately, this club needs to suffer a bit longer through the legacy and indiscretions of Andy McPhail and his predecessors and until a solid and dependable starting pitching staff can be assembled.  The Orioles have many shortcomings.  They can’t hit for average, strikeout way too much, have no team speed, and are horrendous on defense, but a lot of these can be overcome with good starting pitching.  We are now seeing the aforementioned magnified as the starters struggle.  Baseball is an odd game in that everyone is an individual performer, but when key individuals break down, pressure is brought to bear on the other individuals, and the pressure usually impacts the performance of the others in a negative way.  Deep starting pitching hides other defects; bad starting pitching greatly magnifies.  The O’s were surviving on decent starting pitching and leveraging their strong bullpen in the first half, but the bullpen is a Band-Aid.  I fully expect them to wither under the upcoming load and the cracks have already starting to form.

With Jason Hammel suffering again from a balky knee, MLB rookie, Wei-Yin Chen is the lone surviving starter.  Chris Tillman and Zach Britton are remaining artifacts from last year’s mess and are going to be given spots in the rotation.  These two along with Jake Arrieta, Brian Matusz, Brad Bergesen, Tommy Hunter, and Jason Berken were acquired/drafted/developed by the old regime and I am very doubtful are the permanent answer.  If Buck Showalter can bring these guys to the finish at .500 or better, he gets my vote for Manager of the Year.  Hang tough guys and Let’s Go O’s!

About Brian Penn

Avid sports fan and golf nut. I am a lifelong resident of the Washington D.C. area and love to follow the local teams. Also worked as a golf professional in the Middle Atlantic PGA for several years and am intrigued by the game to no end. I love to play and practice and am dedicated to continual improvement.
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