The SP is what it is. I do not see the team making a trade to acquire a short term solution. The team's rotation seems to run up pitch counts high the first three innings and it shows. I suspect our arms are going to have to put the ball in play a little more and try to induce double plays to correct the pitch count issue. Yes, there is a down side to a double play (more base runners). However at some point you have to "Play ball"
Roch Kubatko's article yesterday http://www.masnsports.com/school_of_roch/2013/04/showalter-on-arrieta.html
does make a good point. Arrieta will be back. His stuff is good. Put the ball in play and more often than not good things will happen. There was far too much nibbling the strike zone and ghastly pitch counts. Yes, he will be back at one point and likely will be better.
The remainder of the rotation needs to do much the same. You can not ask these men to go out and throw seven or eight shut out innings. They will surrender runs. So long as they aren't surrendering lots of home runs and are being pitch efficient they will keep the team in the ball game. Tillman had a good game last night. If the rest of the rotation has games like that then good things are going to happen. It's not easy, it's really tough. Throw strikes! Just don't put it where the hitter wants it.
As for run production... Here we go again. No true lead off hitter. Then you have Manny Machado
batting second. I know the team wants him getting a huge amount of at bats this season as he's going to become a great hitter. However, he's not had 50 at bats against most SP in the AL and it shows. Time will heal that however, he will have to draw more walks, fight off pitches to stay alive. We are going to have to live with "some limitations" for the reasonable foreseeable future. As far as that goes, he's done better than I would have expected.
Jones, Davis and Markakis have been for the most part, great at the plate. I would have thought Jones might draw a few more walks but it's a push. Perhaps the team needs to go with whoever is hot batting cleanup. I would say Weiters has to be really hot to bat 4th or 5th though. He's a great Catcher capable of have great games hitting. But I would not put him down as that cleanup guy.
With JJ Hardy I just think he's either off to a slow start or is simply not the same player anymore. I don't know that he's going to drive in 75 or more runs again. That is OK if he can score that many. He needs to get on base. You can say much the same about the rest of the team. Casilla, Reimold and all the rest. Get on base, fight off pitches to stay alive. Win by attrition. Where down the opposing SP early and good things will take place.