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How the Orioles should use the playoffs to influence their starting rotation rebuild

How the Orioles should use the playoffs to influence their starting rotation rebuild

With the MLB playoffs in full swing, it's been part amusing and part morbid as I’m watching each game and series to try to conceptualize how the Orioles would have gotten their requisite 27 outs with the pitching staff they assembled this season.

Their starts were already shorter than any other team in the American League, averaging 5.22 innings per start. But that would be even more abbreviated in a high-leverage situation like the postseason, where managers go get their starters at the first sign of trouble.

While it's fun to fantasize about Mychal Givens pitching in the third inning in October, there's no use for a team that didn't ultimately sniff the playoffs. What...

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