Miguel Gonzalez won't say it, but he's making statement for postseason

September 09, 2014|By Dan Connolly | The Baltimore Sun

Miguel Gonzalez isn’t going to say it.

In fact, the Orioles right-hander was asked point blank Monday night whether he felt he is making a statement that he should be one of the club’s starters in the postseason.

And he called an audible, talking about well things are going in general.

“I got to keep doing what I’ve been doing and stay focused,” Gonzalez said. “And we’re in a good spot right now. Pretty happy about it. We are doing good.”

OK, so he isn’t addressing it -- smartly, on his part, by the way -- so we’ll say it for him.

With his tremendous run in his last 10 starts -- he has allowed two runs or fewer in nine of them -- Gonzalez has put himself squarely on the postseason starter map.

He’s probably still behind Chris Tillman, which is only fair. And Wei-Yin Chen possibly has a line on the No. 2 spot because he is left-handed.

But there’s no way right now the club can’t at least pencil in Gonzalez’s name for one of those early postseason starts. And the way he is pitching, they can probably use a magic marker.

He has been dominant -- one run allowed in 22 1/3 innings over his last three starts. He’s a bulldog; and, in limited opportunities, he has showed he can be a big-game pitcher. He proved that in 2012 when he faced the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series and allowed just one run.

Bud Norris is a bulldog, too. And he has had a fine season. I don’t think there’d be a problem if the Orioles went four deep with postseason starters.

At this point, though, there’s no question that Gonzalez has done enough to get one of those assignments. Maybe even the second spot.

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