Baltimore Hanging Tough
The Orioles ended up at an even .500 on the week and a half a game behind the Yankees. Baltimore faced some tough games and stood toe to toe with their foes all week, even in defeat. They took a series loss against the Detroit Tigers before taking the series against a division foe in Toronto. Baltimore’s biggest struggle during the week was their starting rotation. In six games, not a single rotation arm factored into the winning decision. Fortunately for the Orioles, their bullpen came up huge for them. Mychal Givens delivered in particular, and now has as many wins as as many members of their rotation.
The Baltimore offense bailed out the rotation big. As usual most of the Baltimore’s wins came in high scoring affairs, scoring at least four runs in every game aside from Sunday’s loss to the Blue Jays. Given how strong the Orioles rotation has been up until this point, the down week is probably a blip. If not, the Baltimore bats better keep producing big, or their team might end up in hot water. Baltimore gets some tough match ups in the Minnesota Twins and Houston Astros this week, good time for that rotation to get back in shape.
The Orioles better hope their rotational woes are just a blip on the radar. A team without Zach Britton for at least another 6 months can’t keep relying on their bullpen to bail them out.