It certainly is no secret in Baltimore and beyond that the Orioles starting rotation is in crisis, which just makes it that much more frustrating for fans to watch from afar as 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta continues along his merry way.
For Chris Tillman, who enters his 10th start of the season Tuesday at 6-1 with a 2.61 ERA, a 1.161 WHIP, and 53 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings, it started this spring with a commitment to a change in his delivery that had failed to take hold for several years prior.
Outfielder Mark Trumbo hit a pair of home runs to give him nine on the season and lead the way for a 4-1 Orioles win over the struggling New York Yankees before an announced 16,083 at Camden Yards on Tuesday.
After an interminable first inning against a foe that crushed him all through 2015, a slider that Orioles starter Chris Tillman is only now growing comfortable with helped him regain control and pitch his best start of the season.
Center fielder Adam Jones was out of the starting lineup for the fourth straight game with a rib cage strain Monday afternoon, but entered the Orioles' 9-7 win over the Boston Red Sox as a defensive replacement in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday that Tillman would pitch on three days' rest, Friday in the series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays. That day¿s planned starter, Mike Wright, is available out of the bullpen Wednesday and not starting until Saturday.
Opening Day is typically an occasion that begins with hope. Chris Tillman provided the rare season-opening start that ended with frustration, yet still provided as much hope as anyone could want heading into the rest of the season.
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, who spent his spring slowly working back from a scare with his surgically repaired right elbow suffered three weeks ago, sent the Orioles home winners Monday on Opening Day.