Orioles manager Buck Showalter apparently wants to be the last major league manager to announce his Opening Day starting pitcher, but there's obviously some method to his methodical approach. (Was that redundant, or what?)
Most of us have been predicting for the past couple of weeks that Jake Arrieta would end up facing the Minnesota Twins on Friday, but Showalter told the beat reporters that there are still two candidates and that he'll have a decision by Tuesday. That tells me that the start is Tommy Hunter's if he pitches his six innings in a minor league game today and wakes up tomorrow feeling okay.
Certainly, it doesn't take a mathematical genius to figure out that there are four days between today and Friday, so a solid and uncomplicated six innings by Hunter today would put him right on schedule.
If you're wondering whether Showalter wants to shield Arrieta from the pressure of that start, I seriously doubt that, since Arrieta actually is older than Hunter and has never been at a loss for self-confidence. It just seems to be lining up for Hunter.