Lets say the Tigers reached the American Leagues one-game wild-card playoff. You know they really would want to have their pitching set up so Justin Verlander got the start. The Rays similarly would prefer to hand the ball to David Price, but the way Tampa Bays rotation has performed since the All-Star break, manager Joe Maddon has very palatable options in Matt Moore and James Shields.
The Orioles would want Wei-Yin Chen or a presumably healthy and effective Jason Hammel available, but if thats not possible, they could be just as comfortable with another starter Miguel Gonzalez? Zach Britton? Chris Tillman? and the effective bullpen ready to jump in at a moments notice.
The way the wild-card race is shaping up, it may come down to those last few games of the season. That doesnt allow for a manager to tweak his rotation to have his ace ready to go in a playoff game that he may never even get to pitch in unless the club wins its last regular-season series.
MLBtraderumors.com said the Orioles would be among the teams considering adding Red Sox pitcher Aaron Cook. Boston reportedly put Cook on waivers to see who might be interested in him.
On Monday nights Orioles radio broadcast, Joe Angel was casting about for a nickname to give this years team, similar to the Why Not? ream of 1989. Partner Fred Manfra suggested Yes, We Can.
Angels reply: Wasnt that used in 2008?
He wasnt talking baseball, folks.