O’s need to stop fooling selves about rotation
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,