Orioles set rotation for series vs. Yankees; Tuesday's starter TBA
By DAN CONNOLLY
The Baltimore Sun|
Sep 09, 2014 | 6:36 PM
Orioles manager Buck Showalter has settled on his rotation for the four-game, three-day series against the New York Yankees this weekend, and it will be a mix of the current starters. Tuesday's starter against the Toronto Blue Jays will be a bit of a wild card, though.
Kevin Gausman will start Friday's afternoon game against the Yankees, and Bud Norris will pitch the nightcap of the doubleheader. Miguel Gonzalez will start Saturday afternoon, and Chris Tillman gets the assignment for Sunday night's nationally televised game.
Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen will then face Toronto at Camden Yards on Monday in the opener of a three-game series against the Blue Jays.
Tuesday's starter is currently listed as TBA, and there are several candidates from which to choose, Showalter said. That list includes two left-handers in the bullpen, T.J. McFarland and Joe Saunders, and right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez.
Showalter also could pick from two young right-handers who have yet to pitch in the major leagues, but are currently working out in Sarasota, Fla., in case they are needed: Tyler Wilson and Mike Wright.
Saunders (0-5, 6.02 ERA in 10 games, eight starts) hasn't started in the majors since June 30 for the Texas Rangers against the Orioles at Camden Yards, when he allowed four homers in five innings.
Jimenez (4-9, 4.96 ERA in 22 games, 20 starts) was pulled from the rotation after his rough start Aug. 16 in Cleveland in which he allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings. He basically has been used in two relief appearances since, one after a lengthy rain delay and another in mop-up duty.
McFarland (4-2, 3.04 ERA in 31 games, one start) allowed two runs in five innings in his lone start July 1 against the Rangers.
Wilson, 24, was named the organization's Jim Palmer Prize winner after going 14-8 with a 3.67 ERA in 28 starts between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk this year.
Wright, 24, was the 2013 Jim Palmer Prize winner. He struggled early at Norfolk, posting a 5-11 record and a 4.61 ERA in 26 starts this season. But he allowed just three earned runs in his last six starts for the Tides over a span of 40 1/3 innings.