Peter Schmuck grades the Orioles (Week 24)
Every Monday during the regular season, Orioles columnist Peter Schmuck grades the cumulative performance of the Orioles in six major areas during the previous week.
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Here's all you have to know about the performance of the starting rotation last week: The Orioles hitters were 3-for-37 with runners in scoring position in the four-game series against the beleaguered Chicago White Sox and still won three of those games. Bud Norris, pictured, was the only pitcher who made two starts and he split them, throwing a very good game last Monday and then faltering in Sunday's series finale against the White Sox. Zach Britton's 2 1/3-inning start against the Cleveland Indians didn't help, but the rotation still put up solid combined stats, going 3-2 with a 3.51 ERA. Over the weekend, the starters gave up just seven earned runs in 26 1/3 innings for a 2.39 ERA. Grade: B