Peter Schmuck's Orioles Observation Deck for Aug. 2
Baltimore Sun columnist Peter Schmuck offers his observations about the Orioles, including thoughts on which team won the trade deadline, the potential return of Jim Johnson and Manny Machado's defensive resurgence.
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Who won the trade deadline?( Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun / August 1, 2014 )
That's a tough question, but we do know the Orioles didn't. They made a nice acquisition by dealing prospect Eduardo Rodriguez for top-flight setup guy Andrew Miller, but there's no way to compare that to what the Oakland A's and Detroit Tigers did to upgrade their starting rotations.
Though the Orioles are pitching very well right now, their rotation is not comparable to either of those two teams', and they would likely have to face both in the playoffs to reach the World Series.
Of course, October is still a long way off, so there's no guarantee that any of those rotations -- including the Orioles' -- will look exactly the same then as they do now.