Orioles will use four starting pitchers during ALDS

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According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said today that he plans to use four starting pitchers during the upcoming ALDS.

Showalter hasn’t officially announced the specifics or the order of his rotation yet, but Kubatko believes that it will Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez, and Bud Norris. This means that Kevin Gausman will pitch in a relief role. $50 million man Ubaldo Jimenez will make one final start tomorrow against the Yankees to state his case for the postseason roster.

While Jimenez has been a dud this season, Orioles starters rank 12th in the majors with a 3.62 ERA. Tillman has been the de facto “ace” of the staff with a 3.26 ERA over 33 starts. He’d be lined up for a potential Game 5.

Nationals, Astros lineups for World Series Game 2

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The Nationals, believed by oddsmakers to be big underdogs in the World Series against the Astros, won arguably their toughest matchup last night by plating five runs against Gerrit Cole in a 5-4 win in Houston. They’ll take a 1-0 series lead into Wednesday night’s action featuring a duel between Stephen Strasburg and Justin Verlander. Here are the lineups for the two sides.

Nationals

SS Trea Turner
RF Adam Eaton
3B Anthony Rendon
LF Juan Soto
DH Howie Kendrick
2B Asdrúbal Cabrera
1B Ryan Zimmerman
C Kurt Suzuki
CF Victor Robles

SP Stephen Strasburg

No changes here. Manager Dave Martinez is rolling out the same exact lineup as he had in Game 1.

Astros

CF George Springer
2B José Altuve
LF Michael Brantley
3B Alex Bregman
1B Yuli Gurriel
DH Yordan Álvarez
SS Carlos Correa
C Robinson Chirinos
RF Josh Reddick

SP Justin Verlander

Likewise, Astros skipper A.J. Hinch has hardly changed his lineup. The only difference is Chirinos is doing the catching tonight as opposed to Martín Maldonado.

Springer notably did not give maximum effort on an RBI double he hit off of the wall in right-center field, thinking it was a home run. He could’ve had a triple. Springer and Hinch discussed it over the phone late last night, Bleacher Report’s Scott Miller reports. Hinch didn’t seem too concerned about it.