If you believe that the
Executive vice president Dan Duquette, who had been out of baseball for a decade, stockpiled pitchers in his first offseason with the Orioles, adding to the group of now-not-so-young arms compiled by his processor, Andy MacPhail, then practically running a shuttle that shuffled players from Norfolk and Bowie to
Whenever the Orioles needed a pitcher, Duquette and manager
Those additions helped the Orioles secure an AL wild-card spot.
So far this year, Duquette and the Orioles haven't had the same kind of success when reaching up their sleeves in search of pitchers to plug into their struggling rotation, which has a 4.85 ERA.
Given the early struggles of fifth starter
Who will Duquette turn to next in search of that needed spark?
Britton has been underwhelming in Norfolk. Ditto with Johnson.
The Orioles have lost six straight, all at home, though to be fair, closer Jim Johnson has now uncharacteristically blown three straight saves, putting the spotlight on the club's shortcomings.
The Orioles have often won games in 2013 in spite of mediocre starting pitching. But with
It’s a long season, but to hang around in the