It's dire for the Orioles starting rotation right now, which is not something that you needed me to tell you if you've been watching the games for the last, oh, I don't know, three weeks. Even if you were expecting a bad Orioles rotation back in March, this stretch is surely worse than you were expecting.
Mostly we're stuck hoping that the old saw that says, "You're never as good as you look when you're winning or as bad as you look when you're losing" is true. If the Orioles rotation is as bad as it looks, that's trouble for this season. It wasn't supposed to be like this, of course - that's why they signed Yovani Gallardo, though he was no help. And you were probably thinking Miguel Gonzalez would be in the picture, too. Nope!
Today's starter, Kevin Gausman, was always supposed to be here, of course. Goose is 0-3 on the year but it's not entirely his fault. The team almost refuses to score runs on his starts, much like we remember happening to Jeremy Guthrie in some of the bad years. Guthrie probably looks at this Sunday afternoon lineup and thinks it's all looking a bit familiar.
Maybe the offense can overcome its apparent dislike of scoring for Gausman and really hang some crooked numbers on CC Sabathia - and then maybe Gausman can have a better game than three out of his last four starts.
|NEW YORK YANKEES||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Jacoby Ellsbury - CF||Adam Jones - CF|
|Brett Gardner - LF||Joey Rickard - RF|
|Alex Rodriguez - DH||Manny Machado - SS|
|Starlin Castro - 2B||Mark Trumbo - DH|
|Brian McCann - C||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Chase Headley - 3B||Nolan Reimold - LF|
|Didi Gregorius - SS||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
|Rob Refsnyder - 1B||Francisco Pena - C|
|Aaron Hicks - RF||Paul Janish - 3B|
|CC Sabathia - LHP||Kevin Gausman - RHP|