BALTIMORE –- Buck Showalter says that he has given no thought to removing Miguel Gonzalez from the starting rotation.
Gonzalez allowed a season-high seven runs in five innings on Thursday night, hasn’t won in his last five starts.
For the season, he’s 9-9 with a 4.73 ERA, but his ERA is nearly six runs per game in the second half.
“Wild in the zone, he hasn’t able to finish off some counts when they do get in his favor,” manager Buck Showalter said. “You get a little tentative and you walk a couple of guys, and you get a swinging bunt and a broken bat single to right. It’s very easy to figure out how it gets to that point. It’s just how you get out of it.”
Showalter says that Gonzalez is here six hours before game time working with pitching coach Dave Wallace.
“They’re trying to figure it out. He’s our best option. I don’t think twice about it,” Showalter said.
The Orioles don’t have a lot of obvious alternatives. Mike Wright (right calf) and Tyler Wilson (oblique) are unavailable, and last Saturday Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said that he thought that pitching additions would have to come from within.
Showalter said that even if Wilson or Wright were available, Gonzalez remains his choice.
“I think so. It doesn’t behoove or help somebody to have a manager commenting on that,” Showalter said.
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