Baltimore Orioles could be struggling for starters

Here’s an interesting question: who’s going to be starting games for the Baltimore Orioles moving forward? Any team in the Orioles’ situation should be looking at the future; and the O’s are trying to do just that. But it didn’t help matters when Luis Ortiz had to leave in the second inning with a tweaked hamstring. Ortiz’s line: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (1 earned), 1 BB, 0 K.

Ortiz gave up three RBI-singles in that span giving Chicago a 3-0 lead. The second RBI-single was of the infield variety, and came because Ortiz didn’t break to cover first base in time. Those are the mistakes that young teams make. But they’re still tough to watch.

And it may have been in that sequence when Ortiz injured himself. He broke too late off the mound to cover first base, and had to hurry over. Replays showed him wincing in pain. Starters Cobb and Cashner are both potentially injured as well. So again…exactly who are the Orioles going to use to start games the rest of the way? Injuries happen all the time, this much we know. But somehow it doesn’t seem fair that a team would readily admit that they’re not going to make it, sell their pieces off, and then have the prospects they get back in return start getting hurt.

Trey Mancini did all he could in this game to bring the Orioles back. He smacked a solo homer in the second, which unfortunately for the Birds was followed by a two-run shot by Narvaez to give Chicago a 5-1 lead. But Mancini smacked a second homer in the fourth, cutting the lead to 4-2. Yet, no team apparently is going to be outdone by the O’s this year. Garcia’s two-run shot in the fifth ran the lead to 7-2.

The O’s did however make a push in the seventh. Corban Joseph‘s two-RBI single brought them to within 7-4, and Mullins would later reach on an error that netted another run. The Birds would close to within one at 7-6 on a sac fly-RBI by Adam Jones, only to have Chicago tack on an insurance run on Cordell’s solo homer in the eighth.

Ortiz is going to potentially undergo an MRI on his hamstring. Again, injuries do happen. But there’s a hint of unfairness seeing the Orioles now have to deal with injuries occuring to some of the pieces that they received in trades. Them’s the breaks though.

The series continues tonight at Camden Yards. Yefry Ramirez gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Chicago’s Reynaldo Lopez. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

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