Final push provides chance to evaluate
As postseason hopes fade, O’s taking longer glance at rotation candidates
NEW YORK — With the Orioles’ postseason aspirations not much more than a pipe dream, one of the most important things the club can accomplish over the final two weeks of the regular season is taking stock of potential starting pitching options for the team’s pending rotation overhaul.
Only two starters from this year’s rotation, right-handers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman, are expected to return in 2018. The club owns a $12 million club option on left-hander Wade Miley for next year, so it’s possible he returns. But right-handers Chris Tillman and Ubaldo Jiménez will become free agents, as will trade deadline acquisition Jeremy Hellickson. One of the Orioles’ biggest weaknesses has been the inconsistency of the team’s starting rotation, a group that returned intact from last year’s postseason run. The Orioles starters entered Saturday’s game in New York with a 5.60 ERA, the worst in the American League and 29th out of 30 major league teams. The Orioles rotation has also logged the fewest innings (779) of any team in the AL, an indication of the short starts TV: Radio:
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Starter Jeremy Hellickson and the Orioles continued their struggles in New York with Hellickson giving up six runs in three innings in a 9-3 loss Saturday.