The Orioles' first-half statistics aren't pretty, but they hold one statistical trump card. The only one that really, truly matters right now: .529. That's the fifth best winning percentage in the American League.
Chris Tillman made his minor league transitional start Monday at Double-A Bowie in between the two-hit gem against Seattle that he threw Wednesday and his next Orioles outing Sunday against the Detroit Tigers.
The Orioles are on pace to total 146 errors this season, which would tie them for the third highest total in club history (1959). Only the 1955 (167) and 1954 teams (147) committed more. Those were the Orioles first two seasons in Baltimore after moving from St. Louis.
Following his second straight outing of a season-worst 3 2/3 innings, Jake Arrieta became the third member of the Orioles¿ Opening Day starting rotation to be told, `It¿s not good enough,¿ and sent to Triple-A Norfolk.
As for right-hander Jake Arrieta, the Orioles came close to sending him down to Triple-A Norfolk, but the 26-year-old was jettisoned to the bullpen instead, and when holes in Baltimore¿s rotation opened, he slid back into the starting role.
Right-hander Chris Tillman has been scratched from tonight's schedules start for Triple-A Norfolk against Syracuse, an indication that Tillman is heading west to join the club. As of late Monday afternoon, Tillman was still with the Tides.
The Orioles have been exceptionally cautious with top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy in his first professional year, keeping him in the South Atlantic League when he obviously was too advanced for the level and not allowing him to throw more than five innings now that he is with the Frederick Keys of the Carolina League.
Or is it an injured and undermanned upstart that simply hit its peak and now is beginning to slide back to reality after a disappointing homestand that culminated with a 6-2 loss to the previously scuffling Cleveland Indians?
It has been a busy weekend already, but the Orioles made a couple more roster moves on Sunday morning, optioning outfielder Xavier Avery to Triple-A Norfolk to finish making room for the arrival of newly acquired DH Jim Thome and the recall of reliever Miguel Gonzalez. The O's already had optioned pitcher Tommy Hunter to Norfolk on Saturday night.
An untimely combination has hit the Orioles at the wrong time. The club's offensive struggles have become just the beginning of the issues facing the Orioles. Now, the team's starting pitching has become unglued.
Orioles reliever Matt Lindstrom has to wait one more day to come off the disabled list as the club reshuffles its pitching staff. Lindstrom has been on the disabled list since May 11 with a partially torn ligament in his right finger.
Jake Arrieta has wanted to be ¿the guy¿ for the Orioles. He loved getting the ball on Opening Day. He loves competing. And he was crestfallen when he was taken out of the rotation because of ineffectiveness earlier this month.
Jamie Moyer, the 49-year-old lefty who may or may not pitch for the Orioles, was not with Triple-A Norfolk yesterday in Toledo. He is apparently deciding whether he wants to take the Orioles¿ offer for another start in the minors or look for another organization.
This upcoming stretch will be a good test for the Orioles. The Washington Nationals lead the NL East, the Cleveland Indians lead the AL Central and the Los Angeles Angels are the hottest team in baseball since calling up Mike Trout.
The Orioles opened their three-game interleague series in Atlanta with a 4-2 loss to the Braves in front of an announced crowd of 30,384, snapping Baltimore¿s five-game winning streak and falling 1 ½ games behind the division-leading Yankees.
Jake Arrieta turned in one of his best outings of this season in the Orioles' 7-1 bashing of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday. It was another one of those is-this-really-happening kind of storylines in the Orioles' improbable 2012 season.
Coming of his first win in more than five weeks, Orioles right-hander Jake Arrieta has earned one more start in the team's starting rotation. Taking the place of left-hander Brian Matusz, who bunted a ball off his nose Tuesday, Arrieta threw seven innings of one-run ball, allowing seven hits and tying a career-high with nine strikeouts in the Orioles 7-1 win over the Pirates Wednesday night at Camden Yards.
Right-hander Jake Arrieta's demotion to the bullpen didn't last long. Arrieta will start tonight against the Pirates here at Camden Yards, as Orioles manager Buck Showalter decided to push scheduled starter Brian Matusz back two days.