According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said this afternoon that Wei-Yin Chen and Miguel Gonzalez are lined up to start Games 3 and 4 of the ALCS against the Royals. That’s assuming they aren’t needed in relief today. Both are available out of the bullpen after last night’s extra-inning loss.
Chen was hit hard in Game 2 of the ALDS against the Tigers, giving up five runs on seven hits (including two home runs) over just 3 2/3 innings. Showalter ultimately chose Bud Norris over him to start Game 2 of the ALCS today. The 29-year-old southpaw had a 3.54 ERA and 136/35 K/BB ratio over 185 2/3 innings during the regular season.
Gonzalez is the fresh arm for the Orioles. He wasn’t needed in the ALDS, so he hasn’t pitched in a game since way back on September 28. That’s nearly two weeks ago. The 30-year-old right-hander posted a 3.23 ERA and 111/51 K/BB ratio over 159 innings this season.
Game 3 of the ALCS will take place Monday in Kansas City, with Game 4 on Tuesday.