Why Chris Tillman Should Replace Tommy Hunter in the Orioles Starting Rotation

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Why Chris Tillman Should Replace Tommy Hunter in the Orioles Starting Rotation
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The Baltimore Orioles find themselves 10 games above .500 and are only two and a half games out of first place behind the red-hot New York Yankees despite inconsistent play from the starting rotation.

Jason Hammel and Wei-Yin Chen have been spectacular this season, and Brian Matusz has started to string together some quality starts. But both Jake Arrieta and Tommy Hunter have struggled so far this season.

The struggles of Hunter and Arrieta have led to many fans and experts alike to speculate that the O's will look to add a starting pitcher before the trading deadline. This is a likely scenario, but for the time being, there are some in house options available for the Orioles.

Among the pitchers in the minors Baltimore could turn to is the recently acquired Jamie Moyer, who has overachieved in two starts. I believe the O's should wait and see with Moyer, though. It is unlikely he can succeed in the AL East with his stuff.

Some fans are itching to see Zach Britton in Baltimore as well, but he has been ineffective at Triple-A and needs to string together some quality starts before he joins the big league squad.

Another option the O's could turn to is 24-year-old Chris Tillman. Tillman has struggled in his previous stints at the major league level, but it appears now that he could help the Orioles continue their dream season.

Tillman should replace Hunter immediately as the Baltimore Orioles fifth starter.

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