O’s need to stop fool­ing selves about ro­ta­tion

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SPORTS -

It all hap­pened so fast. Eleven days ago, the Ori­oles were one game out of the se­cond Amer­i­can League wild­card slot and play­ing bet­ter than any other team in their divi­sion. By the time they got to New York for the cur­rent fourgame se­ries against the Yan­kees, their play­off run was all but over. It’s not nec­es­sary to an­a­lyze what hap­pened be­cause any­one with a cur­sory knowl­edge of the sport could see that the O’s beat the odds by stay­ing in con­tention as long as they did with a start­ing ro­ta­tion that was more ex­plo­sive than their power-laden — but frus­trat­ingly in­con­sis­tent — lineup.

The only ques­tion is whether they can do any­thing about that be­fore they re­turn to Sara­sota, Fla., next Fe­bru­ary to pre­pare for a sea­son that could be the last stand for both the nu­cleus of the bat­ting or­der and the front of­fice.

Ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent Dan Du­quette has a knack for find­ing the oc­ca­sional di­a­mond in the coal bin in the se­cond-tier pitch­ing mar­ket, but it’s go­ing to take more than that to fix what ails his team. The Ori­oles have to go out­side the or­ga­ni­za­tion to ac­quire or sign at least one solid start­ing pitcher or they will start next sea­son in the same un­cer­tain state as they did this year.

No doubt, you’ll hear a lot over the next few months about the po­ten­tial of young Miguel Cas­tro to de­velop into a solid starter,

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