Peter Schmuck grades the Orioles (Week 25)
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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What the Orioles definitely didn't need at this intense point in the season were a couple of injuries to decimate the starting rotation, but Miguel Gonzalez left Sunday's game early and Bud Norris is dealing with some elbow soreness. Gonzalez pitched well in his two starts and almost everyone was solid, but with the offense struggling to score more than three runs per game, the combined 4.17 ERA of the rotation last week just wasn't enough to get it done. Jason Hammel returned Friday night, which should help, but Buck Showalter may need a fill-in starter this weekend. Grade: C+