Nobody wants to ponder how the upcoming season will turn out if Chris Tillman goes missing from a starting rotation that was beginning to look like it might bloom into something other than the major weakness of a solid playoff contender.
Last year, the Orioles cycled through minor leaguers and trolled the waiver wire for left-handed depth, but it was a problem that didn't really go away. This year, however, the club believes its yearlong plan to rebuild its depleted stock of southpaws will bear fruit.
Chris Tillman said Tuesday that he is eager to get back in a normal routine because he thinks this year's rotation — with up-and-coming young starters Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy and two motivated back-end veterans — has a chance to be one of team's best in a while.
There is only one conclusion to be drawn from Tuesday's revelation that Orioles ace Chris Tillman will not be ready to start Opening Day as he continues to experience right shoulder soreness: This is something the Orioles could absolutely not afford to happen to their paper-thin starting rotation.
I wonder how many sports fans are tired of hearing about all the great moves Orioles general manager Dan Duquette has made during his time with the Orioles? Are you as tied as I am seeing one of the worst starting staffs in all of baseball?
Less than 48 hours after the Orioles' 2016 season ended dramatically in the American League wild-card game, executive vice president Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter sat together at Camden Yards looking back at the year while looking to the future.
The national narrative that developed after the Orioles' dramatic loss in Tuesday night's wild-card game was what the late, great broadcaster Howard Cosell liked to call "a piercing look into the obvious." Orioles manager Buck Showalter lost his magic touch at just the wrong moment — when God and a national television audience was watching.