Depending on whether the Orioles decide to crack open their coffers for big-name starting pitchers in free agency, shop in the middle of the market, or wait it out until January, there are plenty of ways they can rebuild their rotation this offseason.
Closer Zach Britton will rejoin the Orioles today in Boston and be reinstated from the disabled list no later than Tuesday, manager Buck Showalter said after Sunday's 7-4 extra-inning win over the New York Yankees.
Kevin Gausman has had his way with the Yankees in his past two starts, and on Saturday night at Camden Yards held New York to just two singles through six scoreless innings in a 2-0 Orioles win in front of an announced crowd of 30,855.
In a 14-8 comeback victory over the Royals on Friday night in front of a sellout crowd of 45,420 at Camden Yards, it was as if the Orioles finally released some long-festering frustration on baseball's best bullpen.
The New York Yankees arrived in Baltimore this week atop the American League East, still challenging the popular notion that they are an over-the-hill gang of overpaid players who are a couple of sore hamstrings away from crashing back to earth. Certainly, there are some players in those pinstripes whose odometers could roll over at any time, but the Yankees have proved through the years that it's a dangerous business to underestimate them.
Catcher Matt Wieters is scheduled to resume throwing Saturday, and although his return from Tommy John elbow reconstruction in June remains uncertain, the Orioles have begun mapping out parts of his recovery.
Adam Jones and Nick Markakis have different personalities, but when the two take the field together -- as they have on most summer days for the past seven seasons -- they become unified partners for one purpose: capturing the Orioles' first World Series title in 31 years.