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I'll Take A Burger, Fries, Oh Yeah, And Some Pitching Please

Written by: Tony Martin

Right now, the Orioles pitching has to be one of, if not, the worst in Major League Baseball. I guess we knew this coming in to the season, but I don't think this was expected. This past week, the orioles went 2-4 with a the pitchers posting a whopping 6.11 ERA, that includes the 4-2 12 inning victory on Friday night and the 2-1 win on Saturday.

I'm excited to see some of the arms down in the minors. They brought up Bergesen, who to this point, has done an adequate job, he is 1-2 with a 5.49 ERA. He has shown spots of brilliance in his debut against the Whitesox and this week against the hated Yankees. It seems that once he gets through the 5th inning, he tires, which, I believe will get better the more he pitches. My opinion is Bergesen will be in the opening day rotation next season.

The opening day rotation, with the exception of Uehara, has been a big disappointment. In my opinion, Guthrie would suit better in the long relief roll, Eaton is better now that he has been released, Hendrickson should do well in the bullpen, but did not fair well as a starter, Simon was not pitching well when he went down, that could have very well had to do with the possible career ending injury, but I believe the only person from the 2009 opening day starting pitching rotation that should still be in the 2010 rotation is Koji Uehera, who is the only starter who has constantly done well.

My picks for the 2010 opening day rotation are Koji Uehera, Brad Bergesen, Rich Hill (based on his first two starts of this season) and two more that are now in Triple A or Double A that show they deserve to be in Baltimore during the rest of this season and in spring training next year. I didn't count on a winning season, just hoped, but with the promising offense, when the Orioles do get some pitching, they will indeed be a force in the AL East.


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