The Rotation: A Source of Consternation

Right now, the Orioles starting rotation is in serious flux. With the struggles of Guthrie, Eaton, Penn and whoever else you want to sent in this sentence (with the exception of Koji Uehara), the lack of viable arms who can perform consistently is causing a lot of consternation amongst fans and those on sports talk radio.

Aside from Uehara, and the number one starter, Guthrie, everything else in the rotation is up in the air.

I guess the team really needs to see what they in Hayden Penn (out of options) and whose career has been marred by bad luck and immaturity — however, he may earn a starting rotation spot; Alfredo Simon, who has emerged as a hard-throwing option worth a look, and Adam Eaton along with Mark Hendrickson are the remaining candidates for the last three spots. Rich Hill, from the looks of it, will start the season on the disabled list.

Whatever takes place, the pitching situation is probably the top story line going into April. While there are still guys like Pedro available, right now, it looks like the Orioles may have enough options down on the farm to insert guys into spots if the chosen starters falter.

Let’s just hope that the rotation surprises a ton.