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Baltimore Orioles at Milwaukee Brewers, 2:05 PM EDT

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Today's

Starters

GS

IP

ERA

WHIP

BAA

HR

BB

K

W-L

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Garrett

Olson (LH)

10

54.1

4.80

1.47

.278

5

20

36

5-2

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Manny

Parra (LH)

14

74.2

4.22

1.57

.280

9

36

61

6-2

Baltimore

1. BRob- 2B
2. Markickass!- RF

3. MelMo- 3B
4. Kevbo - 1B

5. No Flat Breezy - LF
6. Dr. Jones- CF

7. G. Quiroz - C
8. A. Cintron- SS
9. G. Olson - SP

Milwaukee

1. Rickie Weeks- 2B
2. JJ Hardy- SS
3. Ryan Braun- LF
4. Prince Fielder- 1B
5. Corey Hart- RF
6. Bill Hall- 3B
7. Gabe Kapler- CF
8. Jason Kendall- C
9. Manny. Parra- SP

Garrett Olson isn't going to win a Cy Young any time soon. But you know what? He's made a lot of improvement this year over last year. His ERA is down 3 whole runs, his WHIP is down 0.75 or so, and his BAA is 50 points lower. Now, that's 10 starts this year compared to 7 starts last year.

But isn't this exactly the kind of growth we were hoping for this year? Garrett Olson has done pretty much what we as Orioles fans (and one would guess what Andy MacPhail, Rick Kranitz and Dave Trembley) hoped for - get better at his craft while learning at the MLB level.

Think about how many the Orioles have tried this with before. We can revisit the list, but I'm guessing many of you just ate lunch, so I'll spare you the details. But Garrett Olson, and to a lesser degree, Brian Burres and Rad Liz, are showing signs they just may be MLB pitchers. And considering the state of the pitching staffs of many of our rivals - Dice-K is imploding for the PHN, the MFY can't keep a starter healthy - this isn't a bad place to be.

Garrett may win today, he may not. Breaking the 0-10 on Sundays since the first week of the season would be nice. But we will hopefully get to enjoy a 24-year-old left hander show he's learning something about being a MLB starter. And a bunch of other teams in the AL East wish they had one, let alone as their 3rd starter.

MILWAUKEE NOTES: Rickie Weeks has indeed been activated and is in the lineup. Perpetual grouch Bill Hall has apparently whined his way into a start at 3B. And I'm still disappointed Corey Hart never wore sunglasses during the last two games.

-duck (Yeah, it auto-posted at the right time!)