Manager Buck Showalter told reporters in Cleveland that Zach Britton, not Miguel Gonzalez, would start on Wednesday against the Indians.
That will enable Gonzalez, who hasn’t won in his last six starts, to get some extra rest and start on Thursday against the Chicago White Sox.
Gonzalez had a horrid outing against the New York Yankees on Friday, allowing seven runs on six hits in four-plus innings.
After Friday’s game, Showalter said he didn’t think Gonzalez was tired, but this enables to get more rest. In eight starts with five days of rest, Gonzalez has a 2.72 ERA. On four days of rest, Gonzalez has a 4.66 ERA.
Last year, Showalter mixed and matched his starters in September, and it appears he’ll be doing the same thing this time around.
Gonzalez is 2-0 with a 3.06 ERA against the Indians and Britton is 1-2 with a 4.24 ERA when facing Cleveland. Gonzalez has never faced the White Sox.
Nate McLouth is batting ninth for the first time in his Orioles’ career. McLouth spent his career in the National League, where the pitcher generally bats ninth, before coming to Baltimore.