Peter Schmuck grades the Orioles (Week 13)
Every Monday during the regular season, columnist Peter Schmuck grades the cumulative performance of the Orioles in six major areas during the previous week.
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It probably isn't a sign of rotational stability that the Orioles used six different starters in their past six games. Jake Arrieta (pictured) was an emergency fill-in last Monday night and gave up five earned runs over 4 2/3 innings before being optioned back to Norfolk. Zach Britton stepped up with a solid 5 1/3 innings against the Tigers to help the O's win that the first series of the week. But things got ugly over the weekend after the O's blew a late inning lead Friday and were swept by the Jays. Here's the week in a nutshell: Orioles starters gave up 23 earned runs in 30 1/3 innings, which works out to a 6.82 ERA. No wonder they went 2-4 on the trip.