5 questions facing the Orioles at midseason

When the Orioles headed to Sarasota this February, they took with them plenty of questions about their 25-man roster. Frankly, most of the head-scratchers still linger -- in one form or another -- as the second half begins Friday. The one question from the spring that seems resolved is the effectiveness of the Orioles' bullpen, which, led by All-Star closer Jim Johnson, has been the best in the American League. But there are still concerns involving the health of right fielder Nick Markakis and second baseman Brian Roberts (though for different reasons than in February), the way manager Buck Showalter must juggle an imperfect offense and, more than anything, the confounding puzzle that is the starting rotation. Here are our annual five questions facing the Orioles at midseason -- and our attempt at answering them -- as the club begins the second half clinging to the second wild card spot in the American League. Most of these will have a familiar ring, but the first one is definitely a surprising curveball. -- Dan Connolly
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