Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times is reporting that Angels manager Mike Scioscia is contemplating going to a three-man rotation in the American League Division Series. That would obviously include Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, and Matt Shoemaker (assuming he returns as expected from a mild oblique injury).
The Halos’ rotation beyond those three isn’t terribly appetizing. For the fourth spot, Scioscia would be choosing between Hector Santiago and Wade LeBlanc. Though Santiago has posted a 3.55 ERA, he has barely averaged five innings per start. LeBlanc pitched well against the Mariners yesterday, but it was only his second start of the season.
Scioscia is just thinking about the idea now; nothing is set in stone. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him go through with it, though.
Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.
A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.
The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.
David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.
The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.