Steady it Goes for Baltimore
The Baltimore Orioles continue their hot start to the season. Their offense has proven to be as mighty as it was last year. That said the surprising success of their rotation has won them a fair share of close games. In the early going, their starters have performed excellently, even with 2016 staff ace Chris Tillman on the shelf. If their rotation can sustain this success once he returns, they’ll have one of the best staffs in Baseball.
The Orioles will be without one of their best in Zach Britton for awhile. With the amount of close games they’ve won, losing out on their All Star Closer for any time will hurt. Brad Brach now figures to handle most of the closing work. He’s more than capable of doing it, but it reduces the strength of their set up staff. They’ll hope Britton can come back in the 10 Days Time.
With the sluggish starts of their competitors, the Orioles have taken an early lead in the East. If they continue to fire on all cylinders, they can quickly build upon this lead. If their rotation falters however, they’ll have some problems.