Peter Schmuck's Orioles grades for June 16, 2014
Every Monday during the regular season, Baltimore Sun columnist Peter Schmuck grades the cumulative performance of the Orioles in six major areas during the previous week.
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Starting pitchers: A( Jonathan Ernst, Getty Images / June 14, 2014 )
The week was another classic good-news, bad-news scenario for the Orioles rotation, which delivered a quality start in each of the club's seven games of the week. Orioles starters averaged 6 2/3 innings per start and had a sparkling 1.54 combined ERA. So what's the bad news after Bud Norris led the way by giving up just one earned run in 14 2/3 innings in his two starts? The team -- and the rotation -- went an ambivalent 4-3 in those seven games. Well, they can only throw the ball. They can't hit it, except in the interleague games, of course, and there weren't any of those last week. Guess this proves that win-loss records for starters are often deceptive.