The Baltimore Orioles staff ace is 32-year-old right-handed pitcher Jeremy Guthrie. So far this season Guthrie has started 12 games, recording no shutouts but has two complete games.
The bad news for the Orioles: Guthrie is currently 2-8 with an earned run average of 3.71.
Guthrie is not exactly posting great numbers for an ace of a club.
After Guthrie, there are just young hurlers. They do not have the experience to bring the improving Orioles to the playoffs, but they are keeping the team in the games long enough that the Orioles can fight and win some close battles.
The next three starters are Jake Arrieta, Zach Britton and Brian Matusz. The experience of these three pitchers is a total of five years with one being a rookie, one in his second year, and the other in his third year.
All three pitchers are good prospects, but can they get it done in the AL East?
Brian Matusz is returning from the disabled list and is going to be making his second start of the season. His progression in his second season is yet to be seen.
Jake Arrieta and Zach Britton, on the other hand, are two very talented rookies.
Arrieta has a very respectable 7-3 record so far on the season. He also boasts almost as many strikeouts as hits given up.
But, he has a very high ERA—currently, it is at 4.93.
Zach Britton was not even in the equation coming out of spring training. He has since established himself, pitching very strong for Buck Showalter’s Orioles.
Fans think this 23-year-old is a future ace for the club. But can he cut it this season?
He has a very respectable 3.33 ERA and currently holds a 5-4 record.
Buck Showalter’s pitching staff is doing him justice in his first season as manager of the Orioles. They may not be producing amazing statistics, but they are giving the team the ability to win games.
The Orioles ultimately will not make the playoffs again or win the AL East, but this season should be able to give their fans hope, especially with this young starting rotation.