Do Baltimore Orioles Have too Many Starting Pitchers?
As Spring Training is primed to begin in Baltimore Orioles land, some things are not in question. Adam Jones, whether or not he cuts down on strikeouts, will lead the team in the clubhouse and on the field. Chris Davis will probably shine brighter in his next opportunity at first base. Jim Johnson, who is newly signed to a two-year deal, will be a force to be reckoned with in the ninth inning for opposing teams that are down a run. Manny Machado and J.J. Hardy will be a blast to watch on the left side of the infield.
Starting pitching is far from certain however. For starters, no pun intended, they have way too many right now. What does that mean going into Spring Training? You guessed it, it’s a fight for a couple of spots that should be interesting to watch. They have Wei-Yin Chen, Jason Hammel and Chris Tillman that will for certain be in the rotation. From there, it gets a little fuzzy. Miguel Gonzalez and young sensation Dylan Bundy would be a fairly good rounding out of the top five hurlers.
If I were the Orioles, I would take a good hard look at my long relievers and my young talent. If there is a chance that Bundy and other young pitchers could light a fire under this team, let them go for it. The answer to the question of whether or not the Orioles have too many pitchers is actually no. They have plenty of pitchers, sure. But they do not have plenty of quality starters. The bullpen was spectacular last season but this year, they need more than one starter to go over 130 innings.
If that means giving young guys the chance, give it to them. It worked with Machado last season, and there is little reason not to give other young guys the chance in 2013.