Peter Schmuck grades the Orioles (Week 16)
Every Monday during the regular season, columnist Peter Schmuck grades the cumulative performance of the Orioles in six major areas during the previous week.
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Starting rotation( DOUG KAPUSTIN / REUTERS / July 14, 2013 )
The Orioles were fortunate to escape the final week before the All-Star break with a 4-3 record after losing the first two games of the four-game series against the Rangers. They were also fortunate because the starting rotation had a 5.40 ERA for the week, thanks to three very rocky outings by Jason Hammel, Scott Feldman (pictured) and Zach Britton. Feldman bounced back with a terrific performance Sunday and Wei-Yin Chen returned to the rotation with a terrific seven-inning start. Miguel Gonzalez and Chris Tillman also recorded victories as the O's salvaged the seven-game homestand. Still, it was not a great week overall.