Baltimore Orioles Starters Producing Under Buck Showalter
It's no secret that under Buck Showalter's reign, the Baltimore Orioles might as well be a different team. They are 26-15 since he came on board and the biggest reasoning has been the team's pitching.
Coming into the season, the rotation was supposed to be this young group of guys that were the future.
However, that image went out the window in the heat of summer when not a single one of them had an even mediocre ERA.
Well, under Showaler, the starting rotation has finally molded into what we expected...and even more. In the 41 starts, the staff is 19-11 with a 2.93 ERA.
Considering the fact that these numbers have been put up against some of the best teams in baseball, Orioles fans have got to be excited going into next year.
That being said, here is a list of the O's starters and how they have done under the new regime.
Matusz got off to a strong start this season, but his numbers took a very steep dive after the first month of the season.
The guy that we all assumed would be the AL Rookie of the Year became a guy we wanted sent back down to AAA Norfolk.
Under Showalter, Matusz has put his issues behind him and has been exceptional. He is 5-1 in eight starts and has compiled a 2.66 ERA in that span.
His last start was ended abruptly because of a line drive off of his arm, but the injury isn't serious and this lefty is looking like the O's top young slinger yet again.
I don't want to sound dramatic, but Buck's arrival might have just saved Bergesen's career.
Bergy has been beyond mediocre for most of this season, and it has been so bad that he has had two stints in the minors.
He is known as a ground ball pitcher, yet he has had trouble keeping the ball down in the zone and that has allowed hitters to drive the ball.
However, Bergesen has gone back to his old ways and is looking like he did in 2009. In eight starts, he is 4-1 and has a staff-low 2.37 ERA.
At 3-3 with a 3.78 ERA, Arrieta actually has the worst numbers on this list. They are still pretty amazing for a rookie, though, and over his last three starts, he has looked even fantastic.
On Thursday, Arrieta pitched six scoreless innings and perhaps looked better than he has all year.
Having pitched 173.1 innings this season compared to his 150.2 in 2009, it is very possible Arrieta has thrown his last pitch this season.
That being said, Orioles' fans have got to be excited to see him finish this year off strong.
Even with his sudden success this past month, 2010 will still be a year Kevin Millwood will want to forget.
After Millwood did not win a game until May and anchored the MLB's worst rotation for most of the year, Showalter has shown us the guy that we expected when Andy MacPhail traded Chris Ray for him.
Millwood has a 3.28 ERA, but just like most of this year, run support has been terrible. He is just 1-4 in eight starts despite having a very solid ERA.
Guthrie has been up and down all season, but it looks like 2010 will end with him being at his best.
In eight starts, Guthrie is 6-2 with a 2.64 ERA and has been the O's most consistent hurler.
With Kevin Millwood's contract expiring at the end of the season, I would be shocked if the Orioles didn't try to make him the ace of the staff going into 2011.
It didn't work in 2009, but this is a different guy and the staff won't be relying on him like it did back then.
When the Sept. 1 roster expansions took place, Tillman was amongst the first people called up because Showalter was eager to see whether the youngster could do any better under his watch.
Just like every other guy on this list, Tillman has been great.
In two starts this month, Tillman has a 3.00 ERA and batters are hitting just .175 against him (they were hitting close to .500 against him this season before Showalter).
All of a sudden, he is pumping out quality starts consistently and has gone from being a big question mark to being what he was last year: a guy who the organization thought could bloom into a second or third starter in a solid Orioles rotation.