Arrieta not worth mixed-league pickup 

June, 11, 2010
The Baltimore Orioles enjoyed a night of "firsts" Thursday.

It was the team's first win against the New York Yankees in 11 games. Converted starting pitcher David Hernandez earned his first save. Utilityman Scott Moore hit his first home run of the year and first in the majors since 2008. Even Luke Scott hit his first triple of the year! But the night will probably be remembered as the first of the Jake Arrieta era. The 24-year-old right-hander was promoted from Triple-A Norfolk and beat the Yankees 4-3, allowing four hits and three runs over six innings.

Jake Arrieta
AP Photo/Rob CarrJake Arrieta was 6-2 with a 1.85 ERA and 1.12 WHIP at Triple-A Norfolk before beating the Yankees.
I've really tried to think positively about this season's Orioles, notably their young pitching, but it hasn't been easy for the team with baseball's worst record. Sure, someday soon Arrieta, Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman will form the basis for an interesting rotation both in real-life and fantasy baseball, and if the Orioles can get health (Brian Roberts) and improvement (Adam Jones, Matt Wieters) on offense, this is an organization that certainly could turn into a winner again. I don't view the Orioles as being a hopeless situation, not with this young core.