Peter Schmuck grades the Orioles (Week 27)
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 / September 29, 2013 )
For much of the past month, the starting rotation pitched well enough ¿ assuming decent offensive support ¿ to propel the Orioles into the postseason, but the big hits didn't come at the right times. Oddly enough, the starters showed signs of fatigue this past week, but the O's still won four of their last five games and took their final two series. Over the final seven games, the rotation combined to go 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA. That ERA, however, was inflated by Scott Feldman's eight-run blowup on Friday. Remove those 2 1/3 innings from the mix and the combined ERA was a respectable 3.58.