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A Look at the Baltimore Orioles Rotation and How It Stacks up Against League and Each Other

May 22nd, 2014 at 9:25 AM
By Josh Michael

Blame it on one of the worst, if not the worst outing of the season last night by a Baltimore Orioles starter, but we thought it would be a good time to take a look at the Orioles starting rotation and how they stack up against the American League as well as each other.

'Chris Tillman' photo (c) 2013, Keith Allison - license: 

Incase you missed it, Chris Tillman had a horrific outing last night as he did not record an out in the second inning and allowed eight runs (six earned), but keep in mind, he did throw a complete game shutout in his previous outing.

Before we get into how each Orioles starter compares to each other, let's take a look at how the entire rotation stacks up against the rest of the American League.

Baltimore's starters have an ERA of 4.22 in 44 games and have tossed 254 innings, while allowing 119 earned runs, 29 home runs, 86 walks, and have struck out 201 batters.

Currently, the Orioles starters rank 10th in the AL in ERA, 14th in innings pitched ( all but two teams in AL have played more games than the Orioles 44, so that number is a little skewed with fewer games), have allowed the 7th most earned runs, the 6th most home runs, the 6th fewest amount of walks, and their 201 strikeouts rank 13th out of the 15 American League teams. Baltimore starters have allowed a .267 opponents batting average, which is 9th in the AL and there 1.38 WHIP is also 9th. Lastly, the Orioles starters have averaged 5.8 innings per start which ranks 8th in the AL.

So as you can see, the Orioles starting rotation is in the middle of the pack in most categories, especially those that do not directly relate to the amount of games they have pitched, meaning innings. Yes we understand all pitching stats relate to the amount of games you pitch, but you understand what we are saying.

Overall the starting rotation does need to be better, but being in the middle of the pack is, believe it or not, an improvement from last year when the Orioles found themselves near the bottom in most pitching categories, so they have improved over last year.

So that is how they look as a whole against the rest of the AL, but how do each Orioles starters compare to each other. For the sake of this comparison, we will not include Kevin Gausman, who made one start, as the other five starters have made the remaining starts for this team.

'Bud Norris' photo (c) 2013, Keith Allison - license:

Orioles Starting Pitchers
Bud Norris243.5886.2920614331.13
Wei-Yin Chen523.6985.7919310331.45
Chris Tillman424.21105.7727723441.39
Ubaldo Jimenez254.595.7726623481.48
Miguel Gonzalez234.5385.4622714411.42

So there are the numbers, are you surprised by any of them? Some may be surprised to see just how good Norris has been for the Orioles as it is easy to see that right now, Norris is the actual ace of the staff and his WHIP of 1.13 is very good. Tillman's start last night greatly hurt his innings per start number as he was averaging 6.3 innings per start prior to last night.

Each member of the rotation, with the exclusion of Norris, can get better and needs to get better. Now there are encouraging signs as both Chen and Gonzalez have been much better recently and outside of his last start, Jimenez has been much better in May than he was in April.

Whether you think someone stinks or not in the rotation, keep in mind that there is no one knocking down the door in AAA Norfolk with their numbers and even Gausman is struggling to get going with the Tides, so this is your starting rotation for the time being with only an injury looking to lead to a change.


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Tags: Baltimore, Baltimore Orioles, Baseball, Bud Norris, Chris Tillman, Kevin Gausman, Miguel Gonzalez, MLB, Ubaldo Jimenez, Wei-Yin Chen

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