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Jake Arrieta has pitched well, but is coming off a surgery.
Winning baseball games begins and ends with starting pitching. It is no secret and it has been that way since the start of the sport.
So far this season the O's starters have been among baseball's best.
Jason Hammel has found himself after coming over from Colorado in the off season and import Wei-Yin Chen has been even better than advertised, both have sub 3.00 ERA's.
Jake Arrieta with the exception of a couple starts has been dominant as well and has a ridiculously low WHIP of 0.991.
Brian Matusz continued to struggle at the start of this season, but has only given up one earned run in his last 12.1 innings. He looks to be turning a corner as a professional pitcher.
Tommy Hunter has been the other Oriole starter this season but was sent down earlier today partly because of ineffectiveness and partly because of the Orioles need for bullpen arms following yesterday's marathon game.
With most of the starters pitching well, there isn't a pressing need for Oswalt at the moment but in all likelihood that will change as the season goes on.
Circumstances can change quickly because of injuries and ineffectiveness. The Yankees appeared to have too much pitching and are now counting on an Andy Pettitte comeback to stabilize their rotation only one month into the season.
There are some experts that feel Hammel will slow down and with Arrieta coming off of surgery he could fall victim to fatigue as the season wears on. Chen could also slow down as his first season pitching in America reaches the dog days of August.
Rarely does a team avoid injuries to the rotation all season. The lefty Zach Britton is getting closer to rejoining the rotation, but one injury could derail the O's fantastic start this season.
Signing Oswalt would give the Orioles a top arm that would help them through any obstacles they face, whether it be injuries or ineffectiveness of current starters.