Orioles add lefty Brian Matusz to ALCS roster, leave off right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez

The Baltimore Sun

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

Catchers (2)
C Nick Hundley
C Caleb Joseph

Infielders (6)
IF Ryan Flaherty
SS J.J. Hardy
IF Kelly Johnson
IF Jimmy Paredes
1B Steve Pearce
IF Jonathan Schoop

Outfielders (6)
OF/DH Nelson Cruz
OF Alejandro De Aza
CF Adam Jones
OF David Lough
RF Nick Markakis
OF/DH Delmon Young

 

And the Royals ALCS roster:

Pitchers (11)

LHP Tim Collins
RHP Wade Davis
LHP Danny Duffy
LHP Brandon Finnegan
RHP Jason Frasor
RHP Jeremy Guthrie
RHP Kelvin Herrera
RHP Greg Holland
RHP James Shields
LHP Jason Vargas
RHP Yordano Ventura

Catchers (2)

C Erik Kratz
C Salvador Perez

Infielders (6)

DH/1B Billy Butler
IF Christian Colon
SS Alcides Escobar
1B Eric Hosmer
2B Omar Infante
3B Mike Moustakas

Outfielders (6)

RF Nori Aoki
CF Lorenzo Cain
OF Jarrod Dyson
LF Alex Gordon
OF Terrance Gore
OF Josh Willingham

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