The O’s will need to see a consistent Chris Tillman if they are going to win

Pitcher Chris Tillman #30 of the Baltimore Orioles works the first inning against the Washington Nationals during an interleague game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 29, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.

For the past several seasons, Chris Tillman has been a very promising young arm for the Baltimore Orioles; however, from time to time, he is inconsistent, confounding and can be frustrating to watch on the mound.

On Tuesday night, the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Houston Astros, 4-1, and Tillman was excellent, only allowing one run in seven innings of work.

The Astros – universally predicted to be awful this season – were flying high and has won six straight games before facing Tillman and the Orioles.

I sometimes don’t know what to think of the tall, lanky right-handed pitcher based on his up-and-down starts this year; however, when Tillman is good on the mound – he looks like a top of the rotation starter.

As of this morning, Tillman has a 5-2 record with a 3.97 ERA in 70 1/3 innings pitched.

I stayed up and watched the first six innings of the game on Tuesday and amazed by the work of Chris Tillman.

His start in Houston was solid; however, he threw clunkers in his two previous starts against the Washington Nationals and Toronto Blue Jays.

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