Peter Schmuck grades the Orioles (Week 8)
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( Hannah Foslien / Getty Images / May 10, 2013 )
The pitching crisis continues. Orioles starters struggled all week and -- for the first time this year -- they were largely performing without a net. The combination of great relief and timely hitting that has gotten the starters over the rough spots all year was not so much in evidence, and that was clearly reflected in the results. Jason Hammel (pictured) continues to search for the command that made him so successful (when healthy) last year. Wei-Yin Chen and Miguel Gonzalez languished on the disabled list. And Freddy Garcia has yet to get into the win column. Chris Tillman is the de facto ace of the staff at the moment, but a big performance Tuesday night went for naught and the O's went on to lose all five games for the week.