With five scoreless innings in his first spring start, Bruce Chen locked up the fifth spot in the rotation in a 3-1 win over the Cardinals yesterday.
Praise be. I really think Chen is primed for a solid season. He pitched 14 2/3 scoreless innings this spring, and man, Chen has been around forever and is still only 28 in June. I honestly believe he has breakout potential left. We'll see, but I'm happy to say that Lee Mazzilli has made the right decision here.
We've got one more exhibition game tomorrow against the Phillies, and the season starts Monday against Oakland. The gameday threads will start for that one, and will continue on the rest of the season. You can make this your home for Orioles talk all year long.