A while back I made the argument that we need batters working hard to fight off pitches and stay alive longer at the plate. Thus wearing down opposing starting pitchers and giving our own a slightly longer break before returning to the mound the following inning.
Here's an article from Baseball Prospectus
The Orioles aren't mentioned. However, I suspect part of our own pitching woes can be attributed to this. Other teams seem pretty good at driving up our SP' pitch counts and we only just recently got a starter to go seven innings this season. Why aren't we doing more of this? It does work and we do have some pretty advanced hitters (Markakis, Jones, Weiters as well as a few others). I do not see why the first two turns through the lineup we aren't trying to wear the opposing starter down somewhat.