For all the turnover the Orioles bullpen experienced last summer with their trades of Zack Britton, Brad Brach, and Darren O'Day, things stayed relatively stable this offseason at the back end of the bullpen.
Manager Buck Showalter had to wait until Sunday morning to name a starter for the series finale against the Texas Rangers. He also laid out the probable pitchers for the first five games after the All-Star break.
After getting called up to the Orioles on June 29, Paul Fry allowed no runs over his first 4 1/3 innings before his start was marred slightly by four runs (one earned) during Sunday’s 10-1 loss at the Minnesota Twins. That pushed his ERA up to 1.80.
Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy, their most consistent starter this season, may miss his next start because of a rolled ankle suffered running the bases after his first career hit Saturday in Atlanta.
Orioles rookie right-hander Yefry Ramirez turned in a surprisingly strong debut and deserved better than what he got in the Orioles 5-1 loss to the Red Sox, as even with a new starting pitcher, the team's old problems were unavoidable.
Orioles right-hander Mike Wright Jr. has bounced back from plenty of struggles as he looks to solidify himself as a major league starter. Sunday's nightmare against the Yankees might be one bridge too far.
Despite the Orioles’ moves to address their starting pitching problems during spring training, the past few days served as a reminder that there are still many unanswered questions in terms of this team’s rotation. Those questions could dictate how the Orioles line up the rest of their pitching.
Orioles right-hander Mike Wright Jr. had a second straight poor outing Thursday, and said after the game that he hopes what he did earlier in the spring will be enough to help him break camp with the Orioles.
Five pieces of fallout from the Orioles' four-year agreement with right-hander Alex Cobb, including what happens to the rest of the fifth starter candidates, how they build a bullpen and bench, and what it says about the Orioles both this year and going forward
Orioles right-hander Mike Wright Jr. struggled to finish off his outing and allowed four runs on nine hits in Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, and acknowledged it did more harm than good to his case to make the Opening Day roster.
Orioles pitching coach Roger McDowell isn't concerning himself with the lack of additions made in the free-agent market, but instead on the opportunities he can help the club's young, developing pitchers take hold of in 2018.