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September 26, 2010

Looks like Tillman or VandenHurk for a start

Updating a previous item about the Orioles’ rotation for the remainder of the season, it looks like either Rick VandenHurk or Chris Tillman – not both -- will get one final start.

The rest of the rotation appears to be set. Brian Matusz pitches Monday at Tampa and will be followed by Brad Bergesen and Kevin Millwood.

Tillman is tentatively set to pitch Thursday at Camden Yards against the Detroit Tigers. But if he is skipped – which is possible if the Orioles want to see VandenHurk again – then Jeremy Guthrie would likely be moved up to Thursday and pitch on regular, four-days’ rest. Then VandenHurk would start Friday’s game.

Matusz and Bergesen are expected to pitch the final two games of the season on Saturday and Sunday.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 7:40 PM | | Comments (4)


Back to the #3 pick next year.. NO hope of getting any #1 picks like Tampa and Washington did..

I don't know if vandenHurk will get another start.. It is sort of hard to categorize this one.. He did not have great stuff or great command.. BUT earlier this year we could only wish for a starter to only give up 3 runs.. NOW since aug.1 we expect 6 or 7 innings with 3 or less.. I still like this big righty in long relief..

Any chance that they will start Patton in the Thursday start. The guy hasn't had much of a chance to pitch when he's been called up from the minors this year.

Jeff Z's reply: There's been no talk about that. Bergesen tonight followed by Millwood tomorrow. Matusz and Bergesen will then pitch the last two games at home. That leaves Guthrie for either Thursday or Friday; and Tillman VandenHurk getting the other start.

Give VandenHurk another shot...we've all seen Tillman & his 4 hour marathon approach on the mound.
Tillman needs to spend the offseason visiting a Sports Psychologist. He has the absolute worst mound presence, pace & interest in challenging hitters I've seen come through the Charm City in many years...and we've had some real duds in the past 10 years.
He constantly falls behind with his junk & then has to come in with his blazing 89 mph. fastball which is usually promptly deposited over the nearest fence or wall.
I think his strategy is to bore hitters to death between pitches...only problem is he's also boring his teammates & all of us.
If I were McPhail, I'd invest in a frequent rider pass from Greyhound to shuttle his timid behind back to AAA until he makes his mind up once & for all that he wants to pitch in the Bigs.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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