The O'S Will Never Win Until Their Pitching Staff Steps Up

Jason KimCorrespondent IMay 1, 2010

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 06:  Catcher Matt Wieters #32 and pitcher Kevin Millwood #34 of the Baltimore Orioles have a conversation at the mound against the Tampa Bay Rays during the home opener game at Tropicana Field on April 6, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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The Baltimore Orioles. You need another Rays 2008 season for them to actually have a chance, especially in the AL East with the Yankees, Rays, Red Sox, and the improving Blue Jays.

Their offense is actually pretty much solid with Miguel Tejada, Nick Markakis, Matt Wieters, and Adam Jones.

But it's their pitching staff that's screwing them up.

Kevin Millwood was acquired this past offseason to be a #1 guy in the rotation along with Jeremy Gutherie and Brian Matusz.

Though so far, Matusz is the only one with a win in the starting rotation.

Sigh.

Their bullpen was improved with Mike Gonzalez to close out games but now is on the disabled list. There is not certain closer. Gonzalez looks as if he will struggle in the American League.

For this Baltimore Orioles to actually compete in their competitive divison, their pitching staff needs to step up: the rotation, the bullpen, and the closer.

Another sigh.

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