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.
Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Nick Pivetta will rejoin the Phillies’ rotation, starting Tuesday’s series opener at home against the Cardinals. Vince Velasquez will remain in the bullpen.
Pivetta, 26, allowed 17 earned runs on 31 hits and eight walks with 16 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings across his first four starts of the season. The performance resulted in a demotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In six starts there, Pivetta had a much better 3.41 ERA with a 50/20 K/BB ratio in 37 innings of work.
Velasquez, 26, was solid as a starter, posting a 3.99 ERA across six starts. However, he averaged under five innings and 92 pitches per start. The right-hander tossed two scoreless innings out of the bullpen on Friday against the Brewers but was torched for four runs in two-thirds of an inning on Sunday. Mixed results, to say the least. The Phillies are trying to do what they can with their bullpen, currently missing David Robertson, Tommy Hunter, Pat Neshek, and Vìctor Arano.