The Orioles have so many issues right now that this is perhaps foolish to bring up, but I will anyway after Toronto Blue Jays lefty Ricky Romero dominated them over eight innings yesterday. Until the Orioles prove that they can at least occasionally knock around some of the better pitchers in the American League East, it will be impossible for the division's heavyweights to take them too seriously. Guys like CC Sabathia and Jon Lester are considered among the best pitchers in the league for a reason, but their numbers against the Orioles are absurd. Even the league's best pitchers have bad days. They just never seem to come against the Orioles, which obviously speaks to the organization's ongoing offensive issues. Consider these career numbers against the Orioles from some of the top starters in the division this year: Sabathia (16-2, 2.74 ERA), A.J. Burnett (12-5, 4.53), Bartolo Colon (11-7, 3.31), Lester (14-0, 2.33), John Lackey (11-4, 2.89), Josh Beckett (7-3, 3.76), Romero (6-3, 3.10), Brett Cecil (3-0, 2.19), David Price (4-1, 2.98), James Shields (8-5, 3.45) and Jeremy Hellickson (3-1, 2.63). Again, these guys aren't just picking on the Orioles as manager Buck Showalter likes to say. But sooner or later, the Orioles are going to have to stand up to some of these guys and prove that they can at least be a threat.