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Entering this offseason Baltimore needed to overhaul a starting rotation that last year threw just...

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Entering this offseason Baltimore needed to overhaul a starting rotation that last year threw just 882 innings, the lowest total in baseball. Their starters also had a collective 5.51 ERA, which was tied with the Rangers for the worst ERA by a starting staff. So maybe we shouldn’t be so surprised that Baltimore opened camp with 27 pitchers on the 40 man roster. It’s like American Idol for pitchers.

The quest for respectability, 2009 edition -- The Hardball Times There's the analogy I've been looking for!