Orioles add lefty Brian Matusz to ALCS roster, leave off right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez
By By Eduardo A. Encina
The Baltimore Sun|
Oct 10, 2014 at 11:32 AM
Orioles manager Buck Showalter released his American League Championship Series roster on Friday morning and there was just one change from his roster for the ALDS.
The Orioles are still carrying 11 pitchers for their best-of-seven series against the Kansas City Royals, but they've added left-hander reliever Brian Matusz to take the place of right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez.
There really wasn't a matchup for Matusz against the right-handed heavy Detroit Tigers in the ALDS, but the Royals have several key lefty hitters – including first baseman Eric Hosmer, outfielder Alex Gordon and third baseman Mike Moustakas.
Matusz has held left-handed hitters to a .223 batting average during the regular season. He posted a 1.42 ERA in 19 relief innings in the second half.
Hosmer and Gordon don't have dramatic left-right splits, but Moustakas batted just .172 against left-handed pitching in the regular season. Moustakas hit two homers in the Royals' three-game ALDS sweep of the Angels, both off right-handed pitching.
Jimenez did not pitch in the Orioles' three-game sweep of the Tigers in the ALDS.
Left-handed long reliever T.J. McFarland, who spent most of the season with the Orioles' major league club, is not on the ALCS roster after also missing the cut in the ALDS.
Showalter made it clear Thursday that the team wouldn't carry first baseman Chris Davis, who must still serve five games on a 25-game suspension for testing positive for Adderall without an exemption. Had the Orioles carried Davis, they would have had to play a man down for the first five games of the series.
Here is the complete Orioles ALCS roster:
Pitchers (11) RHP Brad Brach LHP Zach Britton LHP Wei-Yin Chen RHP Kevin Gausman RHP Miguel Gonzalez RHP Tommy Hunter LHP Brian Matusz LHP Andrew Miller RHP Bud Norris RHP Darren O'Day RHP Chris Tillman