He is 4-9 with a 4.96 ERA in 22 games (20 starts) and has been a big disappointment to both the club and himself. But he continues to keep smiling and working, and he'll get a chance to be on the mound when the Orioles clinch their first division title in 17 years.
It would be a real shock if he were included on the club's playoff roster, so this will be his last chance to pitch a meaningful game for the Orioles in 2014.
"[Nelson] Cruz has been really big for them. [Jonathan] Schoop coming into his own has been a hell of a player for them. They had some big [additions]," Gibbons said. "[Steve] Pearce stepping up, Delmon Young, some veteran guys. Delmon is one of those guys that show up late in seasons with different teams, and he is always productive. Teams get him for a reason. I think [Andrew] Miller was a huge addition to an already good bullpen."
* Monday's announced crowd at Camden Yards was 25,061, pushing the 75-date season total to 2,271,216. With five home games left, the Orioles need to average just 17,267 to surpass last year's attendance total of 2.36 million. That's significant for two reasons. One, the Orioles will draw more fans this year than in 2013 despite having one fewer home game (they had a single-gate doubleheader on May 1). Two, once they pass last year's total the Orioles will have reached their highest attendance since 2005's 2.625 million. That one won't be touched in 2014.