ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Orioles have never had an interleague series in late September, and it’s not something manager Buck Showalter is looking forward to.
The Orioles play three games with the Nationals beginning Monday, and while the fans may enjoy the games earlier in the season, forces Showalter to make adjustments. Pitchers will be hitting, and the Orioles lose their designated hitter.
“When we had to sit a [Jimmy] Paredes when he was so hot…[Steve Clevenger] has been doing a nice job for us DHing. It keeps us from having to put Matt [Wieters] in as a DH,” Showalter said. “I understand the reason for it, but you hate to see it this late in the season.”
Just before the All-Star break, the Nationals won two of three in Baltimore.
Showalter had Nationals manager Matt Williams as a player in Arizona and counseled him before his interview for the job. He didn’t want to get involved in discussing his status
“I don’t know the situation. I try hard not to weigh in on things. We all think we’re experts on things that we’re not….I try to stay out of things. There are a lot things that go on that you’re not aware of, and a lot of things that people that report on it and weigh in on it don’t know,” Showalter said.
“If I know Matt, he’s trying to win the next 13, 14 games and get in. It’s more about getting ready to trying and beat them. We’re trying to get back in, too,” Showalter said.
He won’t say if he’s spoken with Williams recently.
“If something like that happens, I won’t broadcast it. I have some private thoughts. I’m on the outside looking in. I don’t know all the variables. I know both of them. I was part of the hiring of Mike Rizzo out in Arizona. I know a lot of guys over there,” Showalter said.
Ubaldo Jimenez, Chris Tillman and perhaps Tyler Wilson will start against Gio Gonzalez, Tanner Roark and Max Scherzer.
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