Challenges Pile Up For Orioles’ Starting Rotation As Bats Begin To Break Out

While it’s still too early to tell how long Chris Ellis will be out, the Orioles could be down two starting pitchers before the month of May. Todd Karpovich breaks down the challenges the Orioles face regarding the starting rotation with John Means done for the year and Ellis hurting.

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Orioles’ Pitching Staff Full Of Pleasant Surprises, But Bats Quiet In Early Going

Both the starting rotation and the bullpen have pitched well for the Orioles so far this season. “I am really happy with all of our pitchers,” Brandon Hyde said. “The starters are keeping us in the game. The bullpen guys are doing a great job coming in throwing strikes and that’s all you can ask.”

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Kevin Goldstein: Why FanGraphs Rated Orioles RHP Grayson Rodriguez As No. 3 Overall Prospect

FanGraphs recently rated Orioles prospect Grayson Rodriguez as the No. 3 prospect in all of baseball. “Grayson Rodriguez’s pure stuff, there’s just no contest, to be honest with you, between him and the other pitching prospects in baseball,” FanGraphs’ Kevin Goldstein said.

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Orioles See Positive Results From Young Pitchers … And More Opportunities On The Way

The Orioles are giving the ball to young pitchers and seeing some positive results, with Zac Lowther and Alexander Wells recently making starts and Mike Baumann getting promoted from Triple-A. “It’s always fun watching guys early in their career trying to figure things out,” Brandon Hyde said.

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Tyler Wells Emerging As Viable Option As Starter For Orioles?

After a sluggish start to the season,Tyler Wells could be pitching his way into the Orioles’ starting rotation. “He’s got the ability to be a starter or a reliever,” manager Brandon Hyde said, “and it’s really because of the development of his changeup, to be able to have multiple pitches.”

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Bright Spots Few And Far Between Recently For Orioles’ Struggling Pitching Staff

The Orioles have lost seven games in a row and have been outscored, 62-33, during that stretch. “Our bullpen is being used way too early and way too often and we as a whole have to be better at that,” Matt Harvey said. “I’m the first one to blame on all those issues.”

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