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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Britton optioned after rough start! Freddy Garcia the answer?

The Baltimore Orioles turned to once promising young pitcher Zach Britton to start the series against the Seattle Mariners on Monday night. The time was right for the starter going against a Mariners team who has struggled against left handed starters so far in 2013.

Britton gave up 6 runs in 6 innings getting only 2 runs from the O's on a Matt Wieters two run homer. Britton's night got off to a rough start allowing a solo home-run on the second pitch of the game but the O's got him the lead before he allowed the lead to be gone for good.

Yesterday the Orioles optioned him to Norfolk while recalling Zach Clark to give the team another bullpen arm. The O's have only had one starter go 7 or more innings in the first month of the MLB Season.

With the move another corresponding move could come Friday or Saturday against the Angels when the team will need another starter. That move could be the veteran Freddy Garcia who recently agreed to extend his opt out in the minors league at Norfolk. For the Tides Garcia has pitched to a 4-0 record in 5 starts with a 2.67 earned run average. The move won't give the team a big name starter but a starter who has been effective in the majors.

For now Garcia may be the answer but the O's need some of the teams young arms to live up to the hype Baltimore fans have been hearing about for a number of years!

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