In the Orioles last six games, their starting pitcher has gone at least six innings. Not coincidentally, they’re 4-2. In their last three, the starter has worked at least seven, and they’ve won two of them.
Chris Tillman was a hard luck loser on Friday night when he allowed two runs on three hits and the Orioles were shut out 2-0.
Not surprisingly, the bullpen has been pitching better when the starters throw more innings.
Because of the slew of off days and this week’s two unfortunate postponements, the bullpen hasn’t gotten into a more regular rhythm. Last year during the almost nightly run of good starts, Buck Showalter was able to make sure his bullpen wasn’t overworked.
On Wednesday, Ubaldo Jimenez threw just 89 pitches in seven innings and had not the bullpen needed work, he could have thrown a complete game.
The Orioles don’t have another extended run of games until May 19-June 7, but are scheduled to play on nine straight days beginning on Tuesday.
That should be a true test.
In their only extended run of the season, they lost six of 10 when they played on consecutive days from Apr. 17-26. That was originally supposed to be a run of 13 games in as many days.