Orioles manager Buck Showalter announced today that right-hander Chris Tillman will get the Game 1 start in the ALDS, saying “he carries that torch well.”
Tillman has topped 200 innings for the second straight season, posting a 3.26 ERA that bests last year’s 3.71 mark despite a sizable drop in strikeouts.
No announcement has been made for the rest of the playoff rotation, but right now it looks like the Orioles are leaning toward Wei-Yin Chen in Game 2 and Miguel Gonzalez in Game 3. And that would mean standout rookie Kevin Gausman in Game 4 and/or possibly in a bullpen role.
Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. scaled the center field fence to rob Padres shortstop Luis Urías of a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game. Urías was trying to take advantage of a 0-1 slider from Ryan Brasier. Had Bradley not made the grab, the Padres’ lead would have been extended to 4-1.
Unfortunately for the Red Sox, they weren’t able to take advantage of Bradley’s effort, dropping Sunday’s contest 3-1. They still won the series against the Padres, however. The Sox will continue their road trip for two games against the Rockies followed by three versus the Angels.