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.
Last week there was a report that the San Diego Padres were doing “due diligence” on former Rangers manager and current Braves third base coach Ron Washington in connection with their managerial opening. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports today that Washington has already had an interview and that, in fact, the Padres are planning to call him back for a second round.
Also getting a second look: Rangers field coordinator Jayce Tingler. Which suggests that GM A.J. Preller, formerly a Rangers assistant GM, is favoring guys he knows from his time in Texas.
Washington managed the Texas Rangers from 2007 into 2014, winning two pennants and compiling a record of 664-611 (.521). He stepped down for personal reasons but since then has returned to the job in which he made his considerable reputation: coaching, specifically coaching infielders, and has gotten rave reviews. Assuming he’s back up for the grind of managing — and he wouldn’t be interviewing if he was not — he is definitely someone based on results and reputation who deserves another shot at the helm.
Tingler, a former Rangers farm hand, has coached in their organization at both the minor and major league levels for 12 years.