BALTIMORE – Chris Snyder gets his sixth start on Sunday. It’s his first time catching Kevin Gausman.
Snyder and Gausman, who’s making his first start at home, went over the Tigers lineup on video.
“He’s asking questions. He’s watching the game. He’s paying attention. He’s seen what other guys do before him,” Snyder said. “He’s settled in. It’s slowed down for him.”
In their collective downtime, Snyder has mentioned some things he’s noticed to Gausman. The backup catcher points out that it’s his first time in the American League.
“I’m still trying to get a good feel for these guys as well,” Snyder said.
“He’s taken it all in. He’s enjoying his time.”
At 32, Snyder marvels at Gausman, who is a full decade younger.
“Where he was a year ago, he was still in college. He was throwing 95 mph right down the middle. You can get away with that in college. You can get away with that in the minor leagues. The boys up here will let you know that it doesn’t matter how hard you throw, if you leave it in the middle of the plate, it’s going get hit around,” Snyder said.
It could be Snyder’s last game with the Orioles. Taylor Teagarden, who Snyder replaced on the roster when he dislocated his left thumb, is finishing a rehab assignment at Norfolk on Sunday. Teagarden could be reactivated for the Orioles game in Houston on Tuesday.