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Newsflash: It's not always about starting pitching

Newsflash: It's not always about starting pitching

As the Orioles attempt to improve for 2016, it’s pretty obvious they need better starting pitching.

Last season, the rotation combined for a 4.53 ERA, the second-worst mark in the American League. In 162 games, that group combined to throw just 915 2/3 innings, third fewest in the AL. That means, on average, an Orioles starter lasted 5 2/3 innings per start. That’s certainly not good enough.

To worsen matters, it looks like the Orioles will be losing lefty Wei-Yin Chen, a free agent who led the rotation in ERA (3.34) and innings pitched (191 1/3) in 2015.

Overall, the Orioles’ staff ERA was 4.05, ninth in the AL, thanks to a bullpen (3.21...