Chris Tillman - Orioles rotaionDeep in the heart of Texas on Sunday night the Orioles swept the Rangers and completed a season-high four-game road winning streak. They’re also now a season-high 13 games above .500 at 56-13 despite being in third place in their division.

Damn you, AL East.

Chris Tillman continued the trend on the mound, throwing the Birds’ seventh quality start in eight games. It’s amazing how dominant the Orioles can look when they get halfway decent pitching.

This season, Orioles starters have just 48 quality starts ranking 19th in the big leagues. Only the last place Blue Jays have less in the AL East (39).

The Birds pitching staff recorded a 2.33 team ERA in three games against the Rangers, holding their offense to a .276 batting average. It seems as though the Orioles are finally getting some consistent starting pitching.

  • Wei-Yin Chen: 2 GS, 13.1 IP, 11 H, 2 ER (1.35 ERA), .224 BAA since returning from DL on July 10.
  • Miguel Gonzalez: 53.2 IP, 2.35 ERA, .216 BAA, 2.78 K/BB over last eight starts.
  • Chris Tillman: 48.1 IP, 3.54 ERA, .254 BAA, 1.94 K/BB over last eight starts (prior to last night).
  •  Scott Feldman: 2 QS, .274 BAA, 7.50 K/BB with Orioles.
  • Jason Hammel: 43.2 IP, 4.95 ERA, .272 BAA, 2.33 K/BB over last seven starts.

OK, Hammel’s numbers haven’t been good, but four solid starters with the Orioles dominant offense is definitely the recipe to regular season succes.

Baltimore’s offense has scored 476 runs this season over 99 games, fourth most in baseball, which equates to 4.80 runs per game. That tells me that a quality start will guarantee a win almost every night.