Hey all, before I get started I'm new to the site and like to say hello.
Now, I know I'm not feeling as comfortable this season as I was last season with how things are going. I think the O's are just going through a funk right now. The lack of production and starting pitching has been well below par from last season. The young arms we hoped for this season and seasons to come have come up short on the expectations that us fans had for them, Matusz/Arietta/Bergeson/Patton. Yes, they are doing well coming out of the pen, but I think the organization had higher hopes of them being the starters for the future which is now.
Not trying to play Buck here. I think the lineup needs shaken up a little. The best hitter should be hitting 3rd in the lineup, Machado should be in that spot. The lack of walks and strikeouts from Jones isn't getting the job done. He is a good hitter but not in key situations.
Lineup in my opinion.
Back to pitching. The concern I have is if Gausman or Bundy do not pan out, that means the only pitcher we have that was capable of keeping a starting job was Tillman. If that happens, which I hope doesn't. Does that mean we go back to signing washed up vets? The Millwoods of the world who just eat innings? I hope not.
By any means, there is no right or wrong answer for this. This is just what your concern is with the club. Id like to see a package deal for Garza, even though it wont happen.