Kevin Gauzman has been fantastic for the Orioles, posting a 3.57 ERA with just five homers allowed in 18 starts as a 23-year-old rookie, including a 3.26 ERA and 78/35 K/BB ratio in 99 innings since his rough season debut.
And yet tonight against the Red Sox he might be pitching to determine his postseason role, as Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com indicates that the Orioles haven’t decided if Gausman will start or relieve in the playoffs.
Gausman has been exclusively a starter in the minors and majors this season, but he did make 15 appearances out of the Orioles’ bullpen last year while racking up 29 strikeouts in 23 innings as a reliever.
Gausman is probably at worst the Orioles’ third-best starter and there’s certainly an argument to be made that he’s their best starter, but Baltimore does have four other decent rotation options (basically everyone except for Ubaldo Jimenez) and they may think Gausman can make a huge late-inning impact if going for an inning or two at a time allows him to throw even harder than his average of 94.8 miles per hour as a starter.
In March, Major League Baseball agreed to pay minor league players $400 per week while the sport is shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. That provision is set to expire at the end of May. As Craig noted earlier, the Athletics will not be paying their minor leaguers starting on June 1.
Several teams are doing the right thing, continuing to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week through at least the end of June. Per The Athletic’s Levi Weaver and James Fegan, the Rangers and White Sox will each tack on another month of pay. The Athletic’s Dennis Lin reported earlier that the Padres will pay their players through the end of August. Craig also cited a Baseball America report from this morning, which mentioned that the Marlins will also pay their players through the end of August.
Frankly, if the Marlins can find a way to continue paying their minor league players, then every team should be able to do the same. The Marlins are widely believed to be the least profitable among the 30 major league clubs. Here’s hoping the rest of the league follows the Rangers’, White Sox’s, Padres’, and Marlins’ lead as opposed to the Athletics’.