Buck Showalter might go with 10 pitchers in ALDS

September 27, 2014|By Eduardo A. Encina | The Baltimore Sun

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he is considering carrying just 10 pitchers for the best-of-five ALDS.

Showalter added that the club’s Game 3 and 4 starters –— likely to be right-hander Miguel Gonzalez and right-hander Bud Norris, respectively — will be probably be available out of the bullpen in Games 1 and 2.

“So you really have more guys, and depending on who we play,” Showalter said. “[That’s] going to have a lot to do with how we go.”

Because of that, it appears that the Orioles will carry no more than 11 pitchers. Right-hander Kevin Gausman will work out of the bullpen.

Gonzalez will start the Orioles’ final regular-season game on Sunday in Toronto, but will likely be held to four or five innings so that he can be available in relief for Thursday’s Game 1. Showalter also wanted to give some of his key bullpen arms work on Sunday before a three-day break before the start of the ALDS.

Norris was initially scheduled to throw in a simulated game on Monday at Camden Yards to get his work in, but instead he just had an extended work day before Saturday’s game.

Orioles to give tickets to at-risk youth

Nearly 1,400 at-risk children from around the Baltimore area will be invited to attend Games 1 and 2 of the ALDS this week through the OriolesREACH Knothole Gang.

Groups participating will include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore, City Springs Elementary School/Baltimore Curriculum Project, Dundalk Youth Services Center, Hampden Family Center, Living Classrooms Foundation, My Neighbors Foundation, My Sister’s Circle and the Salvation Army of Central Maryland.

The Orioles are also auctioning off several pairs of premium front-row, field-box tickets to the first two games of the ALDS with the proceeds going to these non-profit groups. Four pairs of tickets are being auctioned for Game 1 and four for Game 2. Fans can bid on those tickets online at www.orioles.com/auction until Tuesday at 8 p.m. for Game 1 and Wednesday at 8 p.m. for Game 2.

Around the horn

Showalter plans to give the team off on Monday before conducting workouts on Tuesday and Wednesday in advance of the ALDS. … Despite being tagged with the loss on Friday, RHP Chris Tillman will finish the season tied for the second-best road winning percentage by an Orioles starting pitcher (.889, 8-1). He is tied with Erik Bedard (2007), Mike Mussina (1994) and Jim Palmer (1982). Scott McGregor holds the record with a .933 road winning percentage and a 14-1 record. … If Gonzalez earns a win on Sunday, it would give the Orioles four 10-game winners for the first time since 1997 (Scott Erickson, Scott Kamieniecki, Jimmy Key and Mussina).

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