Six observations as Orioles hit quarter pole

The Baltimore Orioles sit at 14-26 as they have officially reached the quarter pole of the 2019 season.

Brandon Hyde’s “Baby Birds” have had some ups and downs throughout the first quarter of the season but all in all they have proven to be a good watch on most nights. After racing out to 4-1 start, the Orioles dropped eight of their next nine decisions to fall 5-9. They have not been able to sniff the .500 mark since that April tailspin.

Let’s take a look at some takeaways from this team as they sit in last place in the American League East at the quarter pole of the 2019 season.

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Podcast Episode 49: Expressing concern for Orioles pitching, Matt Wise in-depth on the Ravens 2019 rookie class

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Is Alex Cobb’s tenure with the Orioles turning into a big disappointment?

When Alex Cobb signed a four-year, $57 million contract with the Orioles in late March of last year, Baltimore thought that they were getting a top-of-the-rotation starter who could help solidify a starting pitching staff in desperate need of inning-eaters. They knew that they were getting a veteran who finished with an earned run average (ERA) below 3.00 in two of the four seasons in Tampa Bay in which he started a minimum of 22 games.

Just over a year into the biggest Orioles contract handed out to a pitcher since Ubaldo Jimenez‘s four-year, $50 million deal was signed before the 2014 season, Cobb hasn’t lived up to the billing.

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