BALTIMORE — After Wade Miley’s last start in Boston, where he allowed six runs and recorded just four outs, it seemed possible that he wouldn’t be in the Orioles’ rotation any time soon.
Now, it looks as if the Orioles may start him again on Sunday against Tampa Bay.
Miley is 4-2 with a 2.81 ERA in eight starts against the Rays, and it seems that manager Buck Showalter has done an excellent job at picking spots for Ubaldo Jimenez to shine. Miley is hoping the same is true for him.
Showalter didn’t deny Miley’s record facing Tampa Bay was a factor.
“It’s some of it. But it’s just looking at all of the options. It could change between now and then, but that’s where we are today. There are a lot of different factors. Once again, I’m not going to publicly put out there every little factor we figured into it,” Showalter said.
This would allow Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Chris Tillman to pitch in the four-game series with Boston that begins on Monday.
“Not necessarily, but we could. I’m not going to overlook somebody we’re playing,” Showalter said. “You can’t operate too much like that, but there’s times when I’ve seen people maneuver a lot around just to do one thing. They’ve got an issue with what is directly ahead of them. We’re not going to do that.”
Miley has a 1-5 record with a frightful 8.41 ERA in eight starts since he was acquired from Seattle on July 31.
“It’s hard. I’m not going to profess to know Wade too well. He’s not going to stay in that place too long. He’s not happy about it. It’s not like every time he’s pitched…we know it hasn’t been what he had hoped,” Showalter said.
“It’s hard to say that because there’s not, ‘I’ll get it figured out over the course of the season. It’ll work out.’ We’re not into that type of season here anymore. We’re into 16, 17 games, whatever we have left. Trust me, that’s still an eternity. Look how much things have changed in five games. We’ve got 17 of those.”