No doubt, there were a lot Orioles fans second-guessing the decision to let Joe Saunders get away while they were watching him tie the O's in knots on Monday night at Safeco Field in Seattle. The contrast was just too obvious, as Saunders pitched a complete game while another Orioles fifth starter candidate struggled to keep up with him.
Well, don't get too carried away. Saunders pitched a great game and gave a clinic on how to beat this Orioles lineup, but one game does not a season make. The veteran left-hander has been very effective at Safeco during the first month of the season, but he has been awful on the road.
Saunders has given up 19 earned runs in just 13 2/3 innings in his three starts outside of Seattle, including allowing eight earned runs in five innings against the unimposing Houston Astros in his previous start. Even with two scoreless starts at home, he came into Monday's game with a 1-3 record and a 6.33 ERA.
If you need some more perspective, consider that Jake Arrieta was 1-1 with a 6.63 ERA before being send down to Norfolk last week.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun